is a bio-fiction animated feature from Walt Disney
, using the nickname of Johnny Appleseed
, a real-life American frontiersman
born as John Chapman.
In the movie, Johnny Appleseed is a farmer, watching others go west, and wishing he could, too. In real life, Johnny Appleseed was apprenticed as a teenager to an orchardist
, but he's footloose and fancy-free; he heads for the frontier, and his parents and siblings follow later. In the movie, Johnny Appleseed is inspired by an angel to abandon his farm, go west, and plant apple seeds everywhere he goes. In real life, Johnny Appleseed's angel was a young woman he befriended and supported financially, who he caught romancing another man. In reality, Johnny was a commercial nurseryman, planting nurseries where he believes families will settle in a year or two, so that he would have young trees available for sale when the settlers arrive. In the movie, Johnny Appleseed befriends a skunk, and thereafter, all animals instinctively trust him. In truth, Johnny Appleseed is known to have been attacked by bears and snakes. In the movie, Johnny is clean, and walks easily through a well-manicured parklike frontier in beautiful weather. However, the reality was that he was often barefoot and wore rags in blizzards, and braved disease-ridden swamps.<!-- Image with inadequate rationale removed: -->
The film was originally a sequence in Disney's Melody Time
. It was originally released May 27