Paul Bunyan

Synopsis: Disney's animated adaptation of the American tall tale of modern technology pushing aside old traditions. Bunyan, the legendary giant lumberjack of the north, must compete in a woodcutting contest against the newfangled chainsaw.
17 min

These are books about America,

its history, its geography, and its heroes

But it takes a big book like this one

to tell the story of American folklore.

The tall tales about men

doing big things in a big country.

Men like Captain Stormalong,

Joe Magarac,

John Henry,

Pecos Bill,

and the fellow

who towers above them all,

Paul Bunyan.

North America was a great big land

With a great big job to be done

Ajob that needed a great big man

Paul Bunyan was the one

Hey, Paul

Hey, Paul

Paul Bunyan

Paul Bunyan

He's 63 axe-handles high

With his feet on the ground

And his head in the sky

Hey, Paul

Hey, Paul

Paul Bunyan

Paul Bunyan

Paul Bunyan

Paul Bunyan

My name is Cal McNab,

lumberjack by trade.

Reckon I was the first person in our part

of the country to see Paul Bunyan.

Our town was cut

right out of the big timber

on the coast of Maine.

Should have known something unusual

was gonna happen that night.

A southeastern come up

and the wind howled so.

Thought it was gonna blow our town

right off the map.

Come daylight, I took a look

to see what was left of the place.

I spotted an odd-looking craft

on the beach.

That's where the howling

was coming from.

Hey, Ma, what in the world

do you suppose that is?

The howling roused the whole town

and everybody rushed down

to investigate.

I never saw anything like it.

Looks like a big cradle.

Now, be careful, Cal.

Well, I'll be hornswoggled, a baby.

And it's a whopper.

The whole town adopted him

and named him Paul Bunyan.

Everybody pitched in

to supply his needs.

They held sewing bees and

knitting circles to make his clothes.

Feeding him

wasn't any small job either.

I led the singing

to put him to sleep at night.

One, two...

Good night

Sleep tight

Paul Bunyan

Paul Bunyan

You're only ten axe-handles high

But you'll get bigger by and by

Good night

Paul Bunyan

Paul Bunyan

It wasn't long before Paul

was big enough to go to school.

He was a bright boy and never tardy.

Good morning, Paul.

Good morning, children.

Now, everyone be seated.

Will the first pupil to work the sum

of five plus two rise and show the answer.

That is correct, Paul.

But for heaven's sake,

don't raise the roof.

School's out! School's out! Yeah!

The boys would head

For the swimming hole

- Just as soon as their studies had ceased

- Come on, Paul.

Even though young Paul

Was sometimes last

He surely never was least

- Hey, Paul

- Here he comes.

Paul Bunyan

Though he loved to swim

What a time he had

What a problem, me, oh, my

When his front was in the water

Oh, his back was high and dry

How about a dive, Paul?

Hey, Paul

Hey, Paul

Paul Bunyan

Paul Bunyan

Christmas was a big event in our town.

We had our tree in the town square

on account of Paul.

I handed out the presents.

You kids ready?

Well, here's something for Johnny,

for Susan and for Paul...

Here's a gift from the whole town.

A double-bladed axe.

Paul took to cutting timber

like a duck takes to water.

Afore long, our sawmills

had enough timber to last a lifetime.

That opened plenty of new farmland.

And our town grew so fast

it got to crowding Paul.

So one morning,

we weren't too surprised

to find a note in the square.

"And plenty of room.

Love, Paul. P.S. I'll write soon."

We're gonna miss that boy.

I am Chris Crosshaul,

straw boss of a logging crew

in the Middle West.

I will never forget

the first time I saw Paul Bunyan.

I was topping trees one morning.

I looked up

and there stood

the biggest man I ever saw.

With my double-blade axe

And my hobnail boots

I go where the timber's tall

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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