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John Henry (2000)

G | | Animation, Short, Drama
Disney's retelling of the legend of John Henry, the steel-driving man.

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Polly / Narrator (voice)
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John Henry (voice)
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John Henry, a freed slave, happens across a railroad building project. An entire crew of freed slaves has been promised land if they can finish by deadline, but they're exhausted and unable to continue. John, though, has the strength of ten men, and revitalizes all of them. But despair sets in again when the railroad sends a steam hammer to replace the crew and burns the contract. John proposes a challenge: man against machine. After a heroic effort, including a tunnel through solid rock by swinging two hammers at once, John wins, but he also collapses in his wife Polly's arms. She's recounting this whole story to their young son, to explain why his father was so great. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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The director, Mark Henn, is a collector of antique firearms. The pistol in the film used to start the race is based on one of his own Civil War era pistols. See more »

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Version of The Legend of John Henry (1974) See more »

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Driving steel to glory
17 September 2016 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Disney cartoon about American folk hero John Henry, a former slave who worked on a railroad driving spikes into the rails. When a steam drill threatens to replace the workers, John Henry challenges that he can do a better job than the machine. An enjoyable cartoon that was originally released on a direct-to-video anthology of Disney shorts about American legends. Most of them were older cartoons like Paul Bunyan and The Brave Engineer. It's since been released again as part of a collection of modern Disney shorts. The voice work and music are good. The animation is decent, but not a style I particularly like. The skies are full of lines, for example, and I just found that unattractive. Anyway, it's a nice cartoon that's not quite as polished as the classics it was originally released with but it's far from an embarrassment.


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