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American Legends

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Folklore cartoons are more entertaining than educational.

Movie G 2002 58 minutes
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The first cartoon about John Henry is beautifully rendered and lovingly told, and creates a touching tribute to a soulful man. Though the Johnny Appleseed tale tells of the struggles of a young man in overcoming his fears, it does not possess the soul or depth of the John Henry story. The last two cartoons about Paul Bunyan and Casey Jones are stories of man versus machine, and though they are fun to watch, they are not as interesting or gripping as the first story.

It's amazing to see how Disney has changed its tune to include women and people of color in its storylines. These changes reflect the way our world really is, which provides a more interesting story. These tales could inspire families to get to the library to find more American heroes. We all need inspiration, right?

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