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So Dear to My Heart
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
Music by Eliot Daniel
Irving Berlin
Cinematography Winton C. Hoch
Editing by Lloyd L. Richardson
Thomas Scott
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Buena Vista Distribution
Release date(s) November 29, 1948 (1948-11-29)
(Chicago premiere)
January 19, 1949 (1949-01-19)
(United States)
Running time 82 minutes
Country United States
Language English

So Dear to My Heart is a 1949 feature film produced by Walt Disney, released in Chicago on November 29, 1948 and nationwide on January 19, 1949 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.

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.

Set in early 20th century Indiana (in 1903), So Dear to My Heart tells the tale of Jeremiah Kincaid (Bobby Driscoll) and his quest to raise his 'champion' lamb, Danny (named 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 strict, grandmother Granny (Beulah Bondi). Jeremiah's confidant, Uncle Hiram (Burl Ives), is the boy's steady ally.

So Dear to My Heart wasn't rereleased on home video until 1986, then again in 1991. It was then reprinted in 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.

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