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Real Big Man to Play Unreal Big Man

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
Group production. 

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. 

One of the earliest published
accounts of Bunyan’s exploits appeared in The
Detroit News
in 1906. Over the
years, the story’s been Disneyfied (1958), Balladized (1973) and Legended

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).

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