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Bunyan and Babe (2017)

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Twelve-year-old Travis Barclay and his little sister Whitney are sent begrudgingly on a summer trip to visit their grandparents' farm in Delbert County. A greedy land developer, Norm ... See full summary »

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Louis Ross

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Michael A. Nickles (original story by), Michael A. Nickles (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Goodman ... Paul Bunyan (voice)
Jeff Foxworthy ... Babe the Blue Ox (voice)
Kelsey Grammer ... The Amazing Blackstone / Norm Blandsford (voice)
Johnny Orlando Johnny Orlando ... Travis Barclay (voice)
Lola Wayne Villa ... Whitney (voice)
Kay Cole Kay Cole ... Grandma / Mom / Tourist Mom (voice)
Mark Hamill ... Grandpa (voice)
Dorien Davies ... Iris Ingram (voice)
Peter Chew Peter Chew ... Sherriff (voice)
Jeremy Guskin ... Gustav (voice)
Dawnn Lewis ... Maybelle Mundy (voice)
Tom Lowell Tom Lowell ... County Fair MC (voice)
John D. Eraklis John D. Eraklis ... Newscaster / Tourist Dad (voice)
Sandy Stone Sandy Stone ... Barber (voice)
Tony Bancroft Tony Bancroft ... Gas Station Attendant (voice)
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Twelve-year-old Travis Barclay and his little sister Whitney are sent begrudgingly on a summer trip to visit their grandparents' farm in Delbert County. A greedy land developer, Norm Blandsford, has been buying up the little country town, running the hard working residents off their land. After Travis has a run-in with one of Blandsford's men, he is chased into the forest, where he stumbles upon a magic portal to the hidden world where Paul Bunyan lives. Paul has been in self-imposed exile for one hundred years, ever since the advent of machines made his role in society obsolete, and left him feeling of little value to the new world. Paul, reluctantly, escorts Travis back to the farm. But upon returning, Paul witnesses Blandsford's sinister plan. Suddenly filled by a long-forgotten sense of purpose, Bunyan and Babe, the blue ox, get wrapped up in a brand new adventure, and together with the help of their new friends, Travis and Whitney, they save the town. Together they learn ...

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Rated PG for mild language, rude humor and peril
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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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Paul Bunyan See more »

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Originally developed in 2001 as a television movie, then promoted up to a full length live-action and CGI hybrid film to be directed by Jim Rygiel in 2003, before becoming a fully animated feature in 2006. See more »

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The Amazing Blackstone: [upon learning his brother's sneaky plan] As much as it shocks me to say so, Norman, it appears we aren't so different. What you want to do is put people in a trance, do you not? You rely on expensive gadgetry, of course, while I employ my priceless natural talents, but still it's hypnosis.
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Wow -- a full length animation ACTUALLY meant for kids!!
8 March 2017 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Sorry to make such a fuss about this.

But I see a lot of movies, I review a lot of movies (and TV) but this is the first full-length animation with A-list voice actors ACTUALLY MEANT FOR KIDS that I have seen in many DECADES.

Somewhere in the 70s, I think, the animation studios arrived at the conclusion that, if you were going to spend all that money anyway, why not write in some references, jokes, and other references to pop culture that would give the adults a kick too...?

Once one studio tried that, of course, the race was on ... and every animation I have seen since seems to be trying to outdo the other with clever scripting and gags.

(My favorite throw-away line of dialog meant for adults, for example, is something one of characters in WRECK IT RALPH mutters while leaving a scene -- "The selfish man is like a mangy dog chasing a cautionary tale." It has nothing whatsoever to do with the story. But it is memorable!)

Anyway, back to the review, this film has none of that, no attempt whatsoever is made to appeal to adults, and that alone makes it noteworthy. Strange. But noteworthy.

Also, while all the voice acting is solid, Kelsey Grammar gives an astounding performance playing two different characters, one of which sounds almost nothing like him.

Rating:7

No surprises, pleasant, and possibly great fun .. if you're a kid anyway.


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