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27 May 1948 (USA) See more »
A retelling of the life of the legendary American itinerant apple tree planter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Dennis Day ... The Old Settler / Johnny Appleseed / Johnny's Angel (voice)

Directed by
Wilfred Jackson 
Writing credits
Winston Hibler (story) &
Joe Rinaldi (story) &
Erdman Penner (story) &
Jesse Marsh (story)

Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Paul J. Smith  (as Paul Smith)
Visual Effects by
George Rowley .... effects animator
Animation Department
Hal Ambro .... animator
Claude Coats .... background artist
Don DaGradi .... layout artist
Ollie Johnston .... animator
Milt Kahl .... animator
Eric Larson .... animator
Don Lusk .... animator
Brice Mack .... background artist
Thor Putnam .... layout artist
McLaren Stewart .... layout artist
Harvey Toombs .... animator
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Johnny Appleseed" - USA (original title)
"Presenting Dennis Day Portraying the Characters of the Old Settler, Johnny Appleseed and Johnny's Angel" - USA (complete title)
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19 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Worth seeing once., 2 February 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is the third short that was used to make up the full-length film from Disney, "Melody Time". Following WWII, Disney Studio was a mess--a terrible strike and the war (where many of the workers were drafted and many more were assigned to wartime animation work) decimated the studio and many of the old animators were gone. As a result, Disney did not get back to making traditional animated feature films for several years. In the meantime, their 'full-length' films were really odd compilations of shorts--and of a rather lackluster quality compared to earlier and later work. Films like "Saludos Amigos", "Make Mine Music" and this film were the norm for this brief post-war period.

"Johnny Appleseed" is a short that is sung and voiced by Dennis Day of "The Jack Benny Program" fame. He was the guy who sang and played the dim-witted guy on this long-running radio and TV series. As far as the animation quality goes, it's of the super-simply animated post-war style that was becoming more common due to its low cost to produce. For example, the backgrounds are VERY simple and splashy and little details (such as Johnny's toe and fingernails) are missing. The word for all this is 'economy' and fortunately, by the late 40s and into the 50s, Disney's animation improved considerably.

As for the story, it's a rather cute retelling of the story of this strange pioneer. The animals helped make the story more interesting, though this is not one the kids will beg to see again, believe me. Oddly, the basic story is based on a real individual (John Chapman--a missionary, animal lover and man of somewhat questionable sanity).

Worth seeing...once.

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