Rounding up four Disney-animated short films (all introduced by actor James Earl Jones), this timeless collection spotlighting American folk heroes begins with John Henry, the story of a freed slave who helps build a railroad. Also included are Paul Bunyan, the tall tale of a giant woodcutter and his pet blue ox named Babe; The Brave Engineer, a retelling the Casey Jones fable; and the 1948 classic Johnny Appleseed.
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Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; original Walt Disney introduction; American Legends game; "Donald Applecore" animated short.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that though the first cartoon about John Henry is a more inclusive look at an African-American hero, the other three cartoons are much more dated -- and less educational -- retellings of American legends. The Johnny Appleseed cartoon features a song about the Lord and a Bible that accompanies Johnny wherever he goes.
- Some cartoon violence, including an ox punching Paul Bunyan in the mouth, while Paul throws the ox around -- "roughhousing" as the narrator calls it. Some perilous moments when Casey Jones's train nearly runs over a woman on the tracks. Themes of loss include the death of John Henry and the passing of Johnny Appleseed, though they are both celebrated after they pass.
- Social Behavior
- John Henry fought for the land of his fellow workers, though his efforts result in his death. Johnny Appleseed does good deeds.
- Disney previews lay it on thick for Disney products.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it