John Henry (film) A short cartoon telling the story of the legendary African American folk hero, who pitted his strength against that of a machine, and won the contest. The story is told from the point of view of John’s wife, Polly. Directed by Mark Henn. Released in Los Angeles for Academy Award consideration on October 30, 2000. Voices include Geoffrey Jones (John Henry), Alfre Woodard (Polly speaking), Carrie Harrington (Polly singing), Tim Hodge (MacTavish), David Murray (Thomas). 9 min. The cartoon was completely made by Disney’s Feature Animation Studio in Florida. The Grammy Award-winning ensemble, Sounds of Blackness, provided the music. Released on video in 2002.