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The Legend of Johnny Appleseed (1948)

Johnny Appleseed (original title)
A retelling of the life of the legendary American itinerant apple tree planter.

Director:

Wilfred Jackson

Writers:

Winston Hibler (story), Joe Rinaldi (story) | 2 more credits »

Star:

Dennis Day
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dennis Day ... The Old Settler / Johnny Appleseed / Johnny's Angel (voice)
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Storyline

Dennis Day tells the story of Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman), narrated by The Old Settler. He's an apple farmer who sees people going west and thinks he can't join them, until an angel appears to him and sings the virtues of apples, convincing Johnny he has a mission. He sets off without a knife or gun; at first, the animals mistrust him, but when he even treats a skunk kindly, they all take to him. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Presenting Dennis Day Portraying the Characters of the Old Settler, Johnny Appleseed and Johnny's Angel See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh ,Pennsylvania, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The cartoon states that Johnny Appleseed became a trusted friend of all animals. While the depiction is obvious hyperbole, the basic sentiment is correct. At some point, John Chapman adapted a fully vegan lifestyle, refusing to harm any animal for any reason. This made him a truly remarkable rarity in a society where the vast majority of the population made their living as fur trappers and/or meat farmers. See more »


Soundtracks

The Lord Is Good to Me
Written by Kim Gannon and Walter Kent
Performed by Dennis Day
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The Sun, And Rain And An Apple Seed
29 July 2003 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A Walt Disney Cartoon.

Young JOHNNY APPLESEED is inspired to travel West with the American pioneers and plant apple trees along the way.

Originally a segment of MELODY TIME (1948) this colorful and well-animated little film tells the story of a true, beloved American hero, John Chapman (1774-1845), who traveled the wilderness alone for forty years, planting thousands of apple trees. Popular personality & singer Dennis Day is the perfect choice to perform all the roles. The lively tunes are a major component in the cartoon's success.

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by pictures & drawings. As a lad in Marceline, Missouri, he sketched farm animals on scraps of paper; later, as an ambulance driver in France during the First World War, he drew comic figures on the sides of his vehicle. Back in Kansas City, along with artist Ub Iwerks, Walt developed a primitive animation studio that provided animated commercials and tiny cartoons for the local movie theaters. Always the innovator, his ALICE IN CARTOONLAND series broke ground in placing a live figure in a cartoon universe. Business reversals sent Disney & Iwerks to Hollywood in 1923, where Walt's older brother Roy became his lifelong business manager & counselor. When a mildly successful series with Oswald The Lucky Rabbit was snatched away by the distributor, the character of Mickey Mouse sprung into Walt's imagination, ensuring Disney's immortality. The happy arrival of sound technology made Mickey's screen debut, STEAMBOAT WILLIE (1928), a tremendous audience success with its use of synchronized music. The SILLY SYMPHONIES soon appeared, and Walt's growing crew of marvelously talented animators were quickly conquering new territory with full color, illusions of depth and radical advancements in personality development, an arena in which Walt's genius was unbeatable. Mickey's feisty, naughty behavior had captured millions of fans, but he was soon to be joined by other animated companions: temperamental Donald Duck, intellectually-challenged Goofy and energetic Pluto. All this was in preparation for Walt's grandest dream - feature length animated films. Against a blizzard of doomsayers, Walt persevered and over the next decades delighted children of all ages with the adventures of Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bambi & Peter Pan. Walt never forgot that his fortunes were all started by a mouse, or that childlike simplicity of message and lots of hard work always pay off.


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