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The Legend Of John Henry

The Legend Of John Henry

The Legend Of John Henry (1973) Theatrical Cartoon

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  • Theatrical ShortShort
  • Traditional Animation
  • Stephen Bosustow Productions, Pyramid Films
  • Distributed by: Columbia Broadcasting System
  • Cartoon Characters: John Henry.
  • Voice Actors: Roberta Flack.
  • Directed By Sam Weiss.
  • Produced By Nick Bosustow, David Adams.
  • Animated By Ruth Kissane, Vonnie Batson.
  • Awards: Oscar StatuetteAcademy Award Nominee, Best Short Subject (Animated Film), Nick Bosustow and David Adams, 1974.
  • Music: Tom McIntosh.
  • Editor: Don Sykes.
  • Originally Released in 1973 (Estimate).
  • Originally Released Theatrically.
  • Running Time: 11 minutes.
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

Cartoon Summary:


The black folktale of John Henry, the steel-driving man who challenges a steam drill machine to a drilling contest, which he wins but ultimately dies of exhaustion...  (more)

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Network premiere took place on CBS in 1977.


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This marvelous video a features a soundtrack with a tastefully written original jazz adaptation of the old folksong upon which the story is based. Vocals are masterfully covered by Roberta Flack, a major recording artist who was extremely popular at the time...  (read more)

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