Coming out of the Vault or should I say out of the forest this week is the D23 LE of 1,000 Paul Bunyan (voiced by Disney legend Thurl Ravenscroft) and his best friend Babe the Blue ox. The story of Paul Bunyan as told by Walt Disney was released as an animated musical short from the American folklore Series in 1958.
The Story begins with Lumberjack, Carl McNab and how he became the first person to see Paul Bunyan. He continues to explain that after a “Sou Easter” hit his tiny town off the coast of Maine, which almost knocked off the tiny little town “Right off the Map!” In the Morning Carl looks out his window to assess the damage and that where he spotted an odd looking craft on the beach and then he realized that is where the howling was coming from. Carl, his wife and the whole town head over to the odd looking craft to soon realize it looks like a cradle and upon closer inspection, by Carl climbing up to the to look inside where he quickly realize it is a baby boy and “it’s a whopper”!
The town adopts and raises the boy, giving him the name Paul Bunyan where he grew up as tall as 63 axe handles high tall so as the story/song goes. Doing a quick approximation if an axe is approximately 3 feet tall Paul is about 189 feet tall.
The story continues with one Christmas Paul gets a wonderful present from the town a double bladed axe. Well Paul took to being a lumberjack rather quick and when he chopped all the wood that was needed for the town he decides to venture out west.
Along the way he finds himself a cold, cold blizzard where “even the snow was blue”. He finally decides to stop and make a fire and while attempting to get the fire going he rescues an ox that was “frozen blue just as the snow”. Paul rescues the Ox by placing him over the fire he made to warm him up. Paul named him Babe and they became real pals.
Now there is a lot more to the story but I’ll leave that to you to enjoy. The animation in the short is simple but was rather pleasing to watch and that simple look transferred to the Vinylmations as well. Paul, the vinylmation, has a wonderfully scruffy beard that is accompanied by a friendly smile. The blue sky and trees make for a nice background on the “Mickey ears”. Though the animated short said that Paul was given a double-bladed axe vinylmation Paul only has a single sided axe but that’s okay as it is a not that much of a difference. Babe looks great with his trusting smile. He too also carries over well from the screen to vinyl form too. The Mickey ears
Though the animated short Paul Bunyan and their characters are not the same caliber as other Disney films they are still very much part of the rich Disney heritage that we all come to love and admire. If you love the classics like I do then you need to add them to your vinylmation collection!
Well that’s all for this weeks Vinylmation Vault and come back again to see what comes out of the Vault. Do you have a vinylmation that you would like to see in future Vault Series? Post a comment below!
I try to give credit where credit is due but it is difficult sometimes to figure out who is the source that needs recognition so Thanks to any source I have missed.
1958 Animated Short Paul Bunyan
Internet Movie Database