So Dear to My Heart

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So Dear to My Heart
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Directed by Harold D. Schuster
Hamilton Luske
Produced by Walt Disney
Perce Pearce
Written by Ken Anderson
John Tucker Battle
Marc Davis
Bill Peet
Maurice Rapf
Ted Sears
Novel
Sterling North
Starring Bobby Driscoll
Luana Patten
Beulah Bondi
Burl Ives
Music by Eliot Daniel
Irving Berlin
Cinematography Winton C. Hoch
Edited by Lloyd L. Richardson
Thomas Scott
Production
  company
Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Release date(s)
  • January 19, 1949 (1949-01-19) (Premiere-Indianapolis)[1]
  • January 30, 1949 (1949-01-30) (U.S.)[1]
Running time 82 minutes
Country United States
Language English

So Dear to My Heart is a 1949 feature film produced by Walt Disney, whose world premiere was in Indianapolis on January 19, 1949, released by RKO Radio Pictures. Like 1946's Song of the South, the film combines animation and live action. It is based on the Sterling North book Midnight and Jeremiah.

Plot[edit]

Set in Indiana in 1903, the film tells the tale of Jeremiah Kincaid (Bobby Driscoll) and his determination to raise a black-wool lamb that had been rejected by its mother. Jeremiah names the lamb Danny for the famed race horse, Dan Patch (who is also portrayed in the film). Jeremiah's dream of showing Danny at the Pike County Fair must overcome the obstinate objections of his loving--yet tough--grandmother Granny (Beulah Bondi). Jeremiah's confidant, Uncle Hiram (Burl Ives), is the boy's steady ally. Inspired by the animated figures and stories, the boy perseveres.[2]

Cast[edit]

Voices[edit]

Awards[edit]

The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song for Burl Ives's version of the 17th-century English folk song "Lavender Blue," but lost to "Baby, It's Cold Outside" from Neptune's Daughter.

Production[edit]

The train depot in the film was later relocated to Grizzly Flats Railroad. After the railroad closed, John Lasseter relocated it to his property.

Release[edit]

The film was re-released in 1964 and earned an estimated $1.5 million in rentals in North America.[3]

So Dear to My Heart was not released on home video until 1986. It was then re-released 1992 and released on video in 1994 as part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection. The film was originally planned for a US DVD release as part of the Walt Disney Gold Classic Collection, but was canceled, with no particular reason given. Six years after seeing a region 2 DVD release, it was released in the US on DVD in July 2008 as a Disney Movie Club Exclusive.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "So Dear to My Heart: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ Lockhart, Jane. "Looking at Movies: So Dear to My Heart". The Rotarian. February 1949, p.36.
  3. ^ "Big Rental Pictures of 1964", Variety, 6 January 1965 p 39. Please note this figure is rentals accruing to distributors not total gross.

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