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Disney's retelling of the legend of John Henry, the steel-driving man. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Alfre Woodard ... Polly / Narrator (voice)
Geoffrey Jones ... John Henry (voice)

Tim Hodge ... MacTavish (voice)
Dave Murray ... Thomas (voice)
Carrie Harrington ... Polly - Singing (voice)

Directed by
Mark Henn 
Writing credits
Shirley Pierce (screenplay)

Broose Johnson (story supervisor) &
Tim Hodge (story supervisor)

Produced by
Steven Keller .... producer
Original Music by
Stephen James Taylor 
Art Direction by
Robert Ty Stanton 
Production Management
Alex Chatfield .... production manager
Michael Brassell .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Art Department
Pam Darley .... artistic coordinator (as Pam Manes Darley)
Sound Department
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
Dean A. Zupancic .... sound re-recording mixer
Lon Bender .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Curt Schulkey .... supervising adr editor (uncredited)
Curt Schulkey .... supervising dialogue editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Troy A. Gustafson .... visual effects supervisor
Earl Coffman .... compositor (uncredited)
Jazno Francoeur .... visual effects animator (uncredited)
Greg Hill .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Michael Oliva .... visual effects animator (uncredited)
Kathy Schoeppner .... digital retouch artist (uncredited)
Heather M. Shepherd .... visual effects (uncredited)
John David Thornton .... visual effects animator (uncredited)
Animation Department
Laurie Ashbourne .... CAPS supervisor (as Laurie A. Sacks)
Tom Bancroft .... supervising animator
Jason Buske .... CAPS supervisor (as Jason Leonard Robert Buske)
Irma Cartaya-Torre .... color models supervisor
John Cunningham .... CAPS supervisor
Christine Lawrence Finney .... clean-up supervisor
Jan Barley Gutowski .... CAPS supervisor
Carole Holliday .... character design supervisor
Byron Howard .... supervising animator
Tom Humber .... layout supervisor (as Thomas Humber)
Fran Kirsten .... CAPS supervisor
Michael D. Lusby .... CAPS supervisor
Lon Smart .... clean up animation
Charles R. Vollmer .... background supervisor
Kevin A. Barber .... breakdown artist: "Polly" (uncredited)
Janelle C. Bell-Martin .... breakdown artist (uncredited)
Rachel R. Bibb .... lead key assistant animator: "Polly" (uncredited)
Beth Collins-Stegmaier .... animation editor (uncredited)
Antony De Fato .... assistant animator (uncredited)
James W. Elston .... breakdown artist (uncredited)
Perry Farinola .... breakdown artist: "MacTavish" (uncredited)
Andrew Edward Harkness .... layout artist (uncredited)
Phillip A. Jones .... breakdown artist (uncredited)
Geraldine Kovats .... background artist (uncredited)
Kenneth Landrum .... color stylist: Florida (uncredited)
Miyul Lee .... key assistant animator (uncredited)
Sean Luo .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Steve Mason .... animator (uncredited)
Albert Francis Moore .... senior animation checker (uncredited)
David Nethery .... key assistant animator: "MacTavish" (uncredited)
Jason Peltz .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Peter Raymundo .... breakdown artist: "John Henry" (uncredited)
Tony Santo .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Danny R. Santos .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Bryan M. Sommer .... lead key assistant animator (uncredited)
Barry Temple .... animator (uncredited)
Theodore Ty .... animator (uncredited)
Rosana Urbes .... assistant animator (uncredited)
John R. Walsh .... lead key assistant animator (uncredited)
Matt Whitlock .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jeff Draheim .... supervising editor
Gary Blair .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Erika Dapkewicz .... assistant editor: avid (uncredited)
Other crew
Richard Bingle .... systems administrator (uncredited)
Tim David .... technical supporter (uncredited)
Larry Edminister .... technology crew (uncredited)
Thomas Grealy .... production coordinator (uncredited)
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Additional Details

10 min
Color (Technicolor)

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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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The fact this is so unusual is its biggest asset, 19 December 2015
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

The traditional story of John Henry is brought to life in this very unusual Disney short. I like some of the unusual in particular I didn't. The quilt-like look and colors were great--and really eye-catching. I also liked the nice spiritual style of the music which dominates the film. What I wasn't so fond of was the unfinished look that the animators deliberately used--with pencil marks appearing and disappearing throughout the film--like they forgot to erase them. Stylish? Perhaps...but I thought it made an otherwise good film look unfinished. As for the story, it's pretty much the familiar folk tale--about an ex-slave named John Henry who does battle against a steam-powered machine and a big cost. Worth seeing but it just missed the mark.

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