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TALL TALES AND LEGENDS: JOHNNY APPLESEED

What to know: From Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales and Legends series that showcases mythical characters and incidents throughout history, "Johnny Appleseed" (Martin Short) travels across the land with a cooking pot on his head and his pockets filled with apple seeds and shows that there's nothing wrong with being different.
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED TALL TALES AND LEGENDS: JOHNNY APPLESEED is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 5-8
52 minutes
DVD
ENTERTAINMENT ONE
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Children laughed a lot. "They called Johnny an 'apple headed looney bird'" Kids liked the Mother Nature character, her costumes and flowered hair. Children liked that Johnny's friends were animals. "Mother Nature was sooo funny, she said 'hurricanes are bad for hair'!" "The Indians thought he was a kooky white guy at first, then they became friends." "He didn't let the bullies stop him from planting his seeds."
A wonderful opportunity for kids to learn history. Great acting, perhaps a bit corny at times. Well organized, engaging story of Johnny Appleseed's challenges, his passion for apples and contribution to the country. The film shows a good bit of teasing, but it is used to show how he persevered despite adversity. Johnny successfully deals with bullies and teasing, something all kids can relate to. Delightful, authentic fiddle music and early American dance stepping enhance the story. Shows wonderful interactions with Native Americans, sharing his apples and conversing respectfully.
From Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales and Legends series that showcases mythical characters and incidents throughout history, "Johnny Appleseed" (Martin Short) travels across the land with a cooking pot on his head and his pockets filled with apple seeds and shows that there's nothing wrong with being different. Also stars Molly Ringwald and Rob Reiner.
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