Bunyan and Babe
|Bunyan and Babe|
Original theatrical poster
|Directed by||Tony Bancroft
|Produced by||John D. Eraklis
Matthew J. Parker
|Written by||Michael A. Nickles
Ian Le Frenais
|Music by||Randy Edelman|
|Edited by||Ann Hoyt|
Exodus Film Group
Bunyan and Babe is an upcoming computer animated feature film. It is directed by Jim Rygiel and Tony Bancroft and features the voices of John Goodman as Paul Bunyan and Jeff Foxworthy as Babe the Blue Ox.
Loosely based on the folklore of Paul Bunyan (John Goodman), two children exiled on their grandfather's farm in Minnesota discover a lair where Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox (Jeff Foxworthy) have resided since their disappearance from the Dead Forest. The story sees Bunyan and Babe teaming with the two kids to stop an evil land developer from destroying a town.
12 year-old Travis Barclay and his little sister Whitney are sent begrudgingly on a summer trip to visit their grandparents’ farm in Delbert County. A greedy land developer, Norm Blandsford, has been buying up the little country town, running the hard working residents off their land. After Travis has a run-in with one of Blandsford's men, he is chased into the forest where he stumbles upon a magic portal to the hidden world where Paul Bunyan lives. Paul has been in self-imposed exile for 100 years, ever since the advent of machines made his role in society obsolete and left him feeling of little value to the new world. Paul, reluctantly, escorts Travis back to the farm. But upon returning,Paul witnesses Blandsford’s sinister plan. Suddenly filled by a long-forgotten sense of purpose, Bunyan and Babe, the blue ox, get wrapped up in a brand new adventure and together with the help of their new friends, Travis and Whitney, they save the town. They learn firsthand that you don't have to be big to accomplish big things.
- John Goodman as Paul Bunyan
- Jeff Foxworthy as Babe the Blue Ox
- Kelsey Grammer as Norm Blandsford
- Bridger Zadina as Travis Barclay
- Dorien Davies as Iris
The movie is from the makers of Igor, the animated version. On November 3, 2010, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, and Bunyan and Babe would be another of MGM's last pre-Spyglass films to be released soon.
Sparx* (who created the animation for Igor) were providing special effects such as modeling, riging, animation and texture but are no longer involved with the film as of 2008.
In December 2010, MGM emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Production is supposed to resume.
- Siegel, Tatiana (May 7, 2009). "MGM to unleash 'Bunyan and Babe'". Variety. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
- "Cinedigm Acquires Exodus' Animated Picture “BUNYAN AND BABE”" (Press release). Business Wire. May 8, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
- Bunyan and Babe at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Bunyan and Babe at the Internet Movie Database
- Bunyan and Babe at AllMovie
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