American Legends [DVD]

Four of America's great folk tales are brought to life in this collection of animated short stories from Walt Disney Pictures. "John Henry" tells the tale of a man who could lay railroad track faster than any man or machine; "Johnny Appleseed" follows the journies of the man who planted apple trees all across the nation; "Paul Bunyan" relates the story of the giant woodsman and his pet ox, Babe; and "The Brave Engineer" is a retelling of the legend of Casey Jones, a railroad engineer who dedicated his life to seeing that the mail was delivered on time. Alfre Woodard narrates the "John Henry" segment, and James Earl Jones appears in the linking sequences.
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Special Features

  • Celebrity host introductions by James Earl Jones
  • A Learning Adventure: work alongside Paul Bunyon and John Henry in two different games that test your skill and might
  • Walt Disney's television introduction to Johnny Appleseed
  • Animated menus
  • DVD-ROM weblinks
  • Dolby Digital Surround Sound
  • Full screen (1.33:1)
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

The Brave Engineer
Paul Bunyan
Retelling the fabled story of the American frontier, Paul Bunyan features the adventures of the giant lumberjack and his companion, Babe the blue ox. With the voice talents of Thurl Ravenscroft as Bunyan, this short finds the legendary character facing off against a chainsaw in a classic battle of man vs. machine. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

John Henry
Johnny Appleseed
Living on a farm near Pittsburg Town in the early 19th century, young Johnny Chapman cares only about his apple trees, picking and harvesting the luscious red fruit while singing with his animal friends. Seeing a wagon train heading westward, Johnny would like to go along, but feels that he lacks the courage and perseverance of a true pioneer. Enter Johnny's red-bearded guardian angel, who advises our hero to go West and plant as many apple trees as humanly possible. Donning a tin pot for a hat (it not only provides comfort but comes in handy at dinnertime), Johnny Appleseed, as he is now known, spends the next forty years bringing bountiful apple crops to the Great Frontier. When time comes for him to shed his "mortal husk", Johnny again meets his guardian angel, who invites him to continue planting apple trees in the Great Beyond. Singer Dennis Day provides all the character voices and performs the original songs "The Lord is Good to Me" and "There's a Lot of Work to Do". Initially released in 1948 as a segment of the animated Disney feature Melody Time, Johnny Appleseed was reissued theatrically as a separate 19-minute featurette in 1955. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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