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Paul Bunyan (1958)

The life, career, and challenges of the legendary giant lumberjack.



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Credited cast:
Bill Lee ...
Chorus (voice) (as The Mellomen)
The Mellomen ...
Chorus (voice)
Thurl Ravenscroft ...
Paul Bunyan (voice)
Max Smith ...
Chorus (voice) (as The Mellomen)
Bob Stevens ...
Chorus (voice) (as The Mellomen)


Disney's animated adaptation of the American tall tale of modern technology pushing aside old traditions. Bunyan, the legendary giant lumberjack of the north, must compete in a woodcutting contest against the newfangled chainsaw. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Release Date:

1 August 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Пол Баньян  »

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Referenced in Bolt (2008) See more »


Paul Bunyan
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Despite poor animation, the story is enjoyable.
14 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

This Disney short was created during the studio's creative free-fall in the 1950s. While the 1930s and 40s found the studio on top, by the mid-1950s, their shorts were dull, poorly animated and often overtly educational (yuck!). I am sure kids and adults alike longed for the old Mickey and Donald cartoons! Typical of the 50s, the animation style is VERY minimalistic--with exceptionally simple backgrounds and far fewer detail to the characters. This style was popularized by UPA Studio and Disney realized that making these cheap cartoons was profitable--though lacking artistry and sophistication--a trend that was to continue for the next several decades.

Despite crappy animation, the story itself isn't bad. It lacks a sense of humor (that's bad) but the song is very catchy and the story quite clever. It's certainly not among the best stuff Disney ever produced, though it's a good bit better than a typical film of the era.

By the way, listen for the voices of Thurl Ravenscroft (Tony the Tiger and many other cartoon characters) and Parley Baer (a TV regular and voice of Ernie from the Keebler commercials).

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