Sunday, January 17, 2016

Literary Toons: The Ballad of Paul Bunyan (Festival of Family Classics, 1973)

It's been a while since we scoped an episode of Rankin-Bass' syndicated series of animated specials, Festival of Family Classics. This time around, we're taking a look at The Ballad of Paul Bunyan, which premiered in 1973.

Bunyan (Paul Soles) had been given up as an infant when he was already six feet tall, and taken in by two lumberjacks disenchanted with their boss, Panhandle Pete. Whether or not this part of the story came from the actual folk legends or was borrowed from another source, such as the Biblical story of Moses, I cannot be certain.

While Rankin-Bass is best known for their stop-motion "Animagic" process, their line animation had always been done in Japan. The animation here is from Mushi Studios, and if memory serves, their association with Rankin-Bass began in the late 60's (Frosty the Snowman and possibly also Cricket on the Hearth).

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