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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)
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)

Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Disney's American Legends (2001) (V)See more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A great Disney short in the classic tradition., 8 December 2003
Author: Abbott_and_Costello_Fan from Texas

I read about this film being made and that it would be released to theaters to play in front of Disney films released during the year. Well I never did see it and had forgotten about it when I saw that it would be included on a special DVD with several of the other Disney Tall Tale classics, Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed and Casey Jones.

John Henry is an excellent short and it deserves a much higher rating. As mentioned the animation is made to look unfinished and rough. This only adds to the charm of the film. The music is also outstanding and the story is touching. I hope more people will check out John Henry as well as the other shorts on the DVD.

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