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James Earl Jones ties the collection together with live action narrartion putting an actual historical context to the proceedings. His delivery and tone strike a balance between serious education and tongue-in-cheek understanding.
The first story is JOHN HENRY, directed and lead animated by Mark Henn, the animator who brought Jasmine (from Aladdin) and several other major Disney heroes to life. With narration by the great Alfre Woodard and a stirring rendition of the "John Henry" song by the Sounds of Blackness Choir, the short is first-rate. From the backgrounds intended to give the feel of folk art and quilting, to the rough animation occasionally showing through (the rough lines haven't been "cleaned up," showing the power of the animator's original drawings, and giving it a less "pretty" look), JOHN HENRY is a fantastic short, and the primary reason Disney released the collection in the first place.
JOHNNY APPLESEED (originally from MELODY TIME, a compilation feature released in the early 1950's) is told and sung by Irish tenor Dennis Day.Read more ›
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The product was received in great condition! This film brings back some very nostalgic times when my children were growing up. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Clark F.
I loved these as a kid and was excited to see this. However, I was disapointed that Pecos BIll wasn't part of the collection. It was one of my favorites!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Perhaps the most heroic portrayals of John Henry in animated form. The songs are soulful, catchy, and touching. Our whole family loves to watch it frequently. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Baxter
LOVE this! Johnny Appleseed is our favorite. I also think the John Henry story is amazing -with the animation and the incredible songs. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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If you're looking for the UNCENSORED/UNCUT version of MELODY TIME which has Pecos Bill's cigarette intact and the scene where Bill rides the tornado and lights his cigarette with lightning, you'll need to buy the UK Region 2 version at: Amazon.co.uk
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