6.9/10
1,350
8 user 4 critic

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 »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Lorenzo (2004)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A gluttonous self-centered cat, Lorenzo, gets punished for his selfishness when his beautiful giant tail develops a personality of its own.

Director: Mike Gabriel
Animation | Short | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Amidst an old London clock shop, a small, quirky mantle clock comes to the aide of the store's more expensive clocks when a thief breaks in and threatens to steal them away.

Director: Dean Wellins
Stars: Dean Wellins
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Goofy tries to set up his new home theater in time for the big game, with disastrous results.

Directors: Kevin Deters, Stevie Wermers
Stars: Corey Burton, Bill Farmer
Animation | Short | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A humorous animated poem of how a gentle displaced Scottish monster created Loch Ness.

Directors: Kevin Deters, Stevie Wermers
Stars: Billy Connolly, Kevin Deters
Animation | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A poor young girl has a burning desire to find comfort and happiness in her life. Desperate to keep warm, the girl lights the matches she sells, and envisions a very different life for herself in the fiery flames.

Director: Roger Allers
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A series of superb animated short films, created by the brilliant minds at Disney Animated Studios, and narrated by the executive staff.

Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Wayne and Lanny now partners, are called by Magee to meet with a secret contact Mrs. Claus who sends them on a new mission to retrieve a box from Santas secret workshop.

Directors: Kevin Deters, Stevie Wermers
Stars: Betty White, Dave Foley, Derek Richardson
Get a Horse! (2013)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Mickey, Minnie, Horace Horsecollar, and Clarabelle Cow go on a musical wagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete tries to run them off the road.

Director: Lauren MacMullan
Stars: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner, Russi Taylor
Feast I (2014)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The love life of a man as told through the meals he gives his adopted dog, Winston.

Director: Patrick Osborne
Stars: Stephen Apostolina, Kirk Baily, Ben Bledsoe
Animation | Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Rapunzel and Flynn Rider have their wedding, but Pascal and Maximus must recover the rings they lose in mid-ceremony.

Directors: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
Stars: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Alan Dale
Paperman (2012)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

An office worker meets the girl of his dreams and uses a fleet of paper airplanes to get her attention.

Director: John Kahrs
Stars: John Kahrs, Kari Wahlgren, Jack Goldenberg
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A collection of many Pixar shorts.

Director: John Lasseter
Edit

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)
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

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 »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Connections

Featured in Peter Pan 2: Return to Never Land (2002) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

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!


8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Check Out What's Playing on IMDb Freedive

See what movies and TV series you can watch for free today, and visit IMDb Freedive for even more. Select any poster below to play the movie!

Find more things to watch

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed