So Dear to My Heart?
starring Burl Ives, Beulah Bondi, Bobby Driscoll, Luana Patten, Harry Carey, John Beal
A boy-and-his-sheep story, set on a farm at the turn of the century and a valentine to childhood. This family film from Walt Disney opens, literally, with help from a collection of animated greeting cards. It proceeds from there with bits of animation accentuating the story of a likable youngster entering his beloved pet sheep in a county fair contest. Attempt to recapture the uncanny mix of animation and live-action warmth and humor of "Song of the South" doesn't completely succeed because, although the same kids--Bobby Driscoll and Luana Patten--are present, there's no Uncle Remus or any memorable songs beyond "Lavender Blue" by Burl Ives. Still, the film is meticulously produced and overwhelmingly heartfelt.
Reportedly, this was Walt Disney's favorite of his films.
The first Disney film with live actors ever to be shown on television, in 1954. This was to be Disney's first all live-action film. The animated sequences were added later because people thought a Disney film had to have animation.
YouTube has some clips, but it won't let me submit with a link.