February 12, 2013
Happy Paul Bunyan Day!
I realize that today is also Fat Tuesday. I celebrate that most Tuesdays…ha! Just kidding. I thought I would celebrate a different day based on legends, hearsay, and myths. Actually my favorite character in the Paul Bunyan story is Babe the Blue Ox. We had this Disney legend series when I was small and I can still clearly picture the cover of the book. I really remember the part where Paul Bunyan finds Babe in a snowstorm and that’s why she was all blue. I also remember the page in which it said that they made the 1,000 lakes of Minnesota by wandering around in a snowstorm. You can watch the Disney Paul Bunyan video here…oh yes this was a weird trip down memory lane. My favorite part is when the narrator goes, “Well I’ll be horns-waggled!”
Here are some more random pieces Paul Bunyan in pop culture thanks to Wikipedia.
Bunyan is featured in the 1958 Disney animated short Paul Bunyan. Paul (voiced by the late Thurl Ravenscroft) is described as being “63 ax handles high”. As the average ax handle is about eighteen inches long (45.72 cm), that would make Paul about 94.5 feet (about 29 meters).
In the Simpsons episode “Simpsons Tall Tales”, the story of Paul Bunyan is told, with Homer Simpson playing Bunyan.
In the 2006 animated film Hoodwinked!, one of the police officers refers to Kirk (Jim Belushi) as “Paul Bunyan”. When Kirk is interviewed by Nicky Flippers, it is revealed that he is working on a callback for his appearance in a Paul’s Bunion Cream commercial (a foot cream that “has the soothing formula to make the bunions head for the hills”).
In That ’70s Show Jackie Burkhart refers to Donna Pinciotti as Paul Bunyan
In Professional Wrestling, a move in which a wrestler puts his opponents legs on either side of the ringpost, then pulls them forcing the opponents’ groin into the post is sometimes called a “Paul Bunyan.”
It was in Phineas and Ferb in the episode My Chariot Race when Phineas was telling Isabella directions and Norm The Minitar had Babe’s head attachment on.
On the spoken interlude track “Paul – Skit” from the Eminem album “The Marshall Mathers LP” Paul Rosenburg is credited as Paul “Bunyan” Rosenburg.
In Marvel Comic’s “The Avengers” #10, (1960s) Immortus summons Paul Bunyan to fight the Executioner.
If you want to read even more American folklore about this funny character then you should check out this website. Americanfolklore.net is a pretty cool site for a lot of different myths and legends.