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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 ›
James Earl Jones was a very appropriate narrator. After all he is practically an American legend himself well worthy of a over exaggerated hijacked cartoon expressing his awesomeness. But enough of that.
These tall tales express how stories passed word of mouth get carried away and become far too fantastic. For instance; Paul Bunyan didn't actually ever exist, John Henry was working on the railroad because he was an inmate for thievery, Johnny Appleseed sold his apple trees, and Casey Jones Who?. But of course, find me a movie based off a real life story that actually is true to the original events. Most the animations are very fun and enjoyable; John Henry is very touching, Johnny Appleseed and Casey Jones was good for laughs (though be sure you're kids understand that no matter what the cartoons say you can't just waltz into the forest and make friends with all the wildlife, including a bear, mountain lion, and skunk), and Paul the kids found to be awe-inspiring (though I didn't care much for it, it's just John Henry without any of the heart). Cut Paul out and replace him with Bill and I'll give this five stars.
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Love this for the class! We showed this after we had a professional storyteller visit performing "Tall Tales. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Stephanie A. White
classic; my children sing these songs for days; was great when I was a kid- still fun to watch now!Published 6 days ago by silverliningsmom
My grandchildren loved this DVD when they were pre-school and kindergarten age. It tells a story with the old classic Disney songs, Great memories for the grandparents also!Published 7 days ago by Colleen R. Ritter
Some animated shorts. These are mainly for the viewers who want to experience more of what Disney has done.Published 9 days ago by Tamara Frank-Pourvady
My grandkids loved these animated old stories, especially Johnny Appleseed.Published 12 days ago by MHBenz
This is a great way to introduce students to Tall Tales. They are entertaining and really show the element of exaggeration!Published 25 days ago by Ashley
I bought this to watch on a car trip so the kids would have a bit of learning along with entertainment while spending hours in the car. Read morePublished 1 month ago by HappyMommy
My grandchildren loved the stories while learning the folk tales.Published 1 month ago by sheree johnsonq
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