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John Henry (2000)

Disney's retelling of the legend of John Henry, the steel-driving man.

Director:

Mark Henn

Writers:

Shirley Pierce (screenplay), Broose Johnson (story supervisor) | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alfre Woodard ... Polly / Narrator (voice)
Geoffrey Jones Geoffrey Jones ... John Henry (voice)
Tim Hodge ... MacTavish (voice)
Dave Murray Dave Murray ... Thomas (voice)
Carrie Harrington Carrie Harrington ... Singing Voice of Polly (voice)
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Disney previously featured John Henry as a main character in a live-action film, Tall Tale (1995). See more »

Connections

Featured in American Legends (2001) See more »

User Reviews

 
An unusual style makes this Disney short worth checking out.
25 June 2001 | by roastfishSee all my reviews

Considering this was just a project to keep animators occupied, it is a pretty darn impressive film. Disney's take on the tall tale is nothing new, but the style and look of this short is fantastic. The characters were made to look like animation before "clean-up" which is very interesting to watch, and also a brave move on Disney's part! Great backgrounds, too. Let's hope the Mouse takes more chances like this one!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Henry See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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