What You Need To Know:
(B, R, NA, L, V, A, M) Moral worldview with an emphasis on biblical virtues, lightly skewed by the Romantic notion that civilization & technology are corrupting forces & the inexplicable appearance of legendary people, although it is implied that they are real not magical; 1 mild obscenity; action violence, fist fighting & gun play resulting in the lost trigger fingers of several bad guys (& this only in self-defense); alcohol consumption in saloon; and, evil plot to obtain a piece of land by any means necessary.
TALL TALE, Disney’s clever fantasy set at the turn of the century, recounts the heroics of a boy so determined to save his family farm and the way of life on the frontier that he conjures up three Old West legends to come to his aid. When a land dispute leaves his father wounded and lingering between life and death, Daniel Hackett retreats to the security of his fishing boat where he falls into a fast sleep and a startlingly realistic dream. Transported to a Texas desert, Daniel meets Old West legend Pecos Bill who pledges his aid and recruits fellow legends Paul Bunyan and John Henry to help as well. The four head north, but before they can get there, Daniel suffers confusion and desperation and rejects the help of his legend friends. In an instant, everything disappears, and Daniel is transported to Paradise — now nothing more than a strip mine. Horrified, Daniel abruptly awakens from sleep, still in his boat tied to the farm’s dock. However, armed with all he has learned from Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan and John Henry, Daniel takes a stand for himself. When he does, something marvelous happens.
TALL TALE is a western with lots of action, some melodrama and almost no objectionable material. Affirming absolutes, redemption, love, and friendship, the movie is an emotive and thoughtful delight that will entertain both children and adults.