Paul Bunyan
Studio: Disney Release Date : August 1, 1958
Cumulative rating:
(2 ratings submitted)


A retelling of the classic Canadian / American tall tale of the enormous lumberjack and his loyal companion, an equally huge blue ox.


Nominated for the Academy Award (Oscar): Best Short Subject

Included in:

Three Tall Tales


Donald's Quack Attack (Season 1, Episode 25)


United States

Paul Bunyan
American Heroes


Donald Macht nie Pause


Disney Parade 6


Paperino Pippo Pluto e …

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : Life With Mickey
Paul Bunyan / The Three Little Pigs
The Adventures of Chip 'n' Dale


Disney Cartoon Festival 6


United States

Disney Rarities
Disney's American Legends
Walt Disney Animation Collection : Volume 4 : The Tortoise and the Hare

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 16:55
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Original Language: English
Original Country: United States

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From Max Honeycutt :

I remember when my teacher showed this cartoon to us in 2nd grade on a 16mm film. I thought it was so awesome that I would shush anyone who was talking during it. Well now I'm 19 years old and I still love this cartoon. I still have the video of it that I got for my 10th birthday.

From Ben :

I love shorts that remind us of the grand old pioneering days of this wonderful country. Heroes of all kinds shaped the frontier and were conglomerated into the icon of Paul Bunyan, the Big Man, who tamed the wilderness and brought prosperity to the fledgling west. Paul Bunyan represents a piece of the country we have lost in the last century. There are no more frontiers, no place to venture into the great wide open and pit one man's skill against the stark reality of the land around us. We may have conquered the west, but we lost a piece of ourselves in the process. The pioneering spirit that made this country great is waning. We have to find new frontiers and challenge them everyday. This beautiful country I call my home has never been satisfied with the status quo. We must always strive to be the best, be a world example of freedom and strength, and live up to the legend of Paul Bunyan.

From Ryan :

This is basically the retelling of the old Canadian legend. Although the background art is limited, I feel that it still gives the cartoon good quality. I like how the Northern lights had been done.

From Baruch Weiss :

Another nicely done classic short.

From Billy Joe :

In my opinion, this is a very enjoyable version of the Paul Bunyan legend. It's great for families and Disney fans alike. The background art and character designed made me think of this being a fully animated Hanna-Barbera cartoon. I also love the song, and like Ryan, the Alaskan sky was wicked (how did Disney do that in the fifties?) The almost cried when Paul Bunyan was beaten by a machine. Overall, it's a great Disney cartoon.