John Goodman has joined the cast
of Bunyan and Babe, a new CG-animated
interpretation of the classic 19th century legend, due out in 2008. This modernized version teams two Minnesota
farm kids with the plus-size lumberjack to rescue his blue ox, Babe.
Oscar-winning special effects whiz
Jim Rygiel makes his feature film debut as director of the Exodus Film
Paul Bunyan, the hero of a series
of 19th century tall tales, supposedly created Minnesota’s ten
thousand lakes, as well as the Grand Canyon and Mt. Hood.
Eddie Griffin will play Bunyan’s
constant companion, Babe the Blue Ox, which as far as I can determine brings to
two the number of contemporary African American comedians playing cartoon draft
animals (Eddie Murphy as Donkey in the Shrek
series is the other).