Disney's American Legends

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American Legends
Disney American Legends.jpg
Home video release cover
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 2002 direct-to-video animated anthology film hosted by James Earl Jones. It is a compilation of previous released animated musical shorts from Walt Disney Animation Studios based on American tall tales. The film features The Brave Engineer (1950), Paul Bunyan (1958), and The Legend of Johnny Appleseed which is a segment from the 1948 film Melody Time.

The film's new short is based on John Henry and stars Alfre Woodard and Tim Hodge. John Henry was later released on Blu-ray in Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection on August 18, 2015.[1]


John Henry (1999)[edit]

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

The Legend of Johnny Appleseed (1948)[edit]

Based on the story of Johnny Appleseed (voice of Dennis Day), a nurseryman who introduced apple trees to Ohio and Indiana. The short was originally featured in the 1948 film Melody Time.

Paul Bunyan (1958)[edit]

Based on the story of Paul Bunyan (voice of Thurl Ravenscroft), a fakelore giant lumberjack, and his blue-colored ox, Babe.

The Brave Engineer (1950)[edit]

Based on the exploits of railroad engineer Casey Jones.


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."[3] 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."[4]


  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. ^ Drees, Rich. "Disney Closes Florida Animation Studio". filmbuffonline.com. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  3. ^ DVD Verdict
  4. ^ Toon Talk

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