Johnny Appleseed (film)

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The Legend of Johnny Appleseed
Directed by Wilfred Jackson
Produced by Walt Disney
Written by Winston Hibler
Joe Rinaldi
Erdman Penner
Jesse Marsh
Starring Dennis Day
Music by Paul J. Smith
Cinematography Hal Ambro & Harvey Toombs (animators)
Release date
  • May 27, 1948 (1948-05-27)
Running time
19 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Legend of Johnny Appleseed is an animated short musical segment from the 1948 film Melody Time. It is narrated by Dennis Day and is based on the American frontiersman John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed.


In 1806, Pittsburgh farmer Johnny Appleseed watches as pioneers depart out west and wishes he could follow. Johnny is inspired by an angel to abandon his farm, go west, and plant apple seeds everywhere he goes. The angel tells Johnny that he has all that he needs to go out West: a bag of seeds to plant, a Bible, and a pot that he can use for a hat. In his travels, Johnny befriends a skunk, and thereafter, all animals instinctively trust him. As Johnny travels, he uses his pot to fry in, and sings a tune " The lard's been good to me." In the end, after walking hundreds of miles and planting apple trees all along the way, Johnny finally rests for the last time under a tree; his angel appears before him, and tells Johnny that it's time to go. Johnny gets up, scared at first upon realizing he's dead, but refuses to go to his final resting place, believing that his work is not done yet. However, the angel tells him that, where they're headed, they're low on apple trees, so Johnny picks up his seed bag and happily agrees to go with him.


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The film was originally a sequence in Disney's Melody Time, released May 27, 1948. It was included on the DVD Disney's American Legends, on February 12, 2002.

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