Synopsis by Hal Erickson
This 45-minute retelling of the Johnny Appleseed story was produced for Shelley Duvall's American Tall Tales and Legends. Martin Short is beautifully cast as John Chapman, the legendary figure who planted apple trees all over country. The story's lighthearted approach makes even the "death" finale palatable. Molly Ringwald plays Johnny's lost love, while Rob Reiner makes a supporting appearance, probably as a favor to his friend and colleague Christopher Guest, who directed. Johnny Appleseed was originally telecast on Showtime Cable.