Disney's American Legends

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American Legends
Disney American Legends.jpg
Directed by Lara Shapiro
Produced by Richard Kaylor
Written by Shirley Pierce
Starring Alfre Woodard
Geoffrey Jones
Tim Hodge
Thurl Ravenscroft
Dal McKennon
Dennis Day
Jerry Colonna
Ken Darby
Narrated by James Earl Jones
Cinematography Sergio Rodregez
Edited by Leland Gray
Adrian McKetch
Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Release dates
  • February 12, 2002 (2002-02-12)
Running time
57 Minutes
Country USA

Disney's American Legends is a direct-to-video release narrated by James Earl Jones and which features the following Walt Disney Feature Animation animated short subjects:

The compilation was released February 12, 2002. John Henry was released on the Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection Blu-ray on August 18, 2015.[1]


Mike Pinsky, of DVD Verdict, reviewed the compilation saying, "If, as James Earl Jones says in the finale, the message of this film is to "look for the heroes around you and celebrate them," Disney's American Legends is an interesting, if half-hearted, attempt to carry out that advice."[2] Kirby C. Holt, Toon Talk, reviewed the compilation saying, "Although the program definitely presents the shorts in descending order of quality, it ends on a high note with these inspirational words from James Earl Jones: "Look for the heroes around you and celebrate them ... you can find them in the past, in the present, even in the mirror."[3]

John Henry[edit]

Retells the story of John Henry, who raced against a steam drill.

Johnny Appleseed[edit]

Retells the story of Johnny Appleseed (voice of Dennis Day), a nurseryman who introduced apple trees to Ohio and Indiana.

Paul Bunyan[edit]

Retells the story of Paul Bunyan (voice of Thurl Ravenscroft), a fakelore lumberjack that was a giant.

The Brave Engineer[edit]

Retells the exploits of railroad engineer Casey Jones.


  1. ^ Doty, Meriah (June 4, 2015). "'Frozen Fever' (and Easter Eggs!) Coming Soon on Disney Shorts Blu-ray (Exclusive)". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ DVD Verdict
  3. ^ Toon Talk

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