The other Minnesota movie

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If you're like me, you couldn't get enough "Prairie Home Companion" movie news! And how about "North Country," which was filming, um, up north? Charlize Theron was in our state!!! Woody Harrelson is in both movies! Crazy! Anyway, to hell with both of them. Between showing the backstage antics of some crazy liberal commie Public Radio show and fictionalizing the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States (Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines), our fair state could use a cinematic palate cleanser. Enter "Bunyan & Babe," a heart-warming tale about two children, exiled to their grandfather's Minnesota farm, who discover the secret lair of fabled woodsman Paul Bunyan and his trusty sidekick, Babe the Blue Ox. Info is pretty spotty on the project.

IMDB has the story coming from Michael A. Nickles, the man who played Juan the Bandito in "8 Heads in a Duffel Bag," and Julia Wall, who produced the awesome documentary "Hands on a Hardbody" (Netflix, for the love of God, get this doc in stock!). The director is Jim Rygiel, a Kenosha, WI, native who oversaw visual effects on the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. The kids in the film appear to be real, while the eerily anthropomorphized Babe and solemn (possibly shamed) Paul from the movie's one-sheet appear CG. Not sure what adventures Paul and Babe will take our young heroes on, but with Eddie Griffin as the voice of Babe, expect hi-jinks to ensue! Take that Lohan!


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