The Saga of Windwagon Smith
Studio: Disney Release Date : March 16, 1961 Series:

Cumulative rating:
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Windwagon Smith blows into town with a strange contraption: a conestoga wagon outfitted with a wind sail. The town fathers figure that since a small windwagon does so well, a big one must do better. They set out to build one (while Smith woos the mayor's daughter) and launch it on it's maiden voyage to very unexpected results.



Charles A. Nichols


Julius Svendsen
Art Stevens
Floyd Norman


Lance Nolley
Charles A. Nichols


George Bruns


Rex Allen
Sons of the Pioneers


Homer Jonas

Effects Animation

Jack Boyd


Walter Elias "Walt" Disney

Production Design

Ernest "Ernie" Nordli

Color Styling

Walt Peregoy


Charles A. Nichols

Assistant Animator

Chuck Williams (I)
Floyd Norman

Included in:

Three Tall Tales


United States

Disney's Tall Tales


Donald Total Verliebt


Disney Festival


Paperino Pippo Pluto e …

Laserdisc (CLV)


Disney Cartoon Festival 1
Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore
Disney Cartoon Festival 7


United States

Disney Rarities
Walt Disney Animation Collection : Volume 4 : The Tortoise and the Hare

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 13:18
Production No.: 2495
MPAA No.: 16424
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Color Type: Technicolor
Negative Type: 35mm
Original Country: United States
Original Language: English
Print Type: 35mm
Sound Type: Mono

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From Ryan R. :

The Saga of Windwagon Smith is a great short set on the 19th century Kansas Prarie. The protagonist in the tale reminded me of the typical oafish hero in a Disney tall tale (think Casey at the Bat).

The animation reminded me of the old George of the Jungle cartoons, and some of the characters (including the hero's love interest) are extremely one dimensional.

Still, the story is quite fun, and pure Disney. It's a shame that this short is not more readily available (but then I'm partial to the whole tall tale genre.

From Chris :

Great tall tale.

From Baruch Weiss :

This cartoon does not have a Disney look to it. Nevertheless, it's still a good one!

From Billy Joe :

This short's story is interesting, but the character animation is choppy. If there were any windwagons around today, that would probably save money on oil.

Also, you may find some familar faces in this short. Two of the citizens look similar to Jasper and Horace from "One Hundred and One Dalmatians", which was also released in 1961.

From Jesse :

What a fantastical and surreal concept ... sailing on a "sea of wheat fields"! Anyone whose ever seen wheat fields blow in the wind is surly to be reminded of water waves, and your imagination can do the rest! The only other film that I know of to explore this concept is a live action movie with Tim Curry by the name of "Pirates of the Plains".