History Main / TallTale

8th Aug '16 5:46:38 PM Morgenthaler
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Tall tales arose, more or less, from braggy exaggerations and other cock-and-bull stories. They may contain exaggerations of actual characters or events, or they can be entirely made up. Common prototypes for tall tales are [[TheCatfish fish stories]] ("it was this big!") (which makes it transparent where the “tall” humor is coming from), as well as the the [[FearsomeCritters hunter's story]], the [[MilesGloriosus war story]], and [[TheMunchausen the traveler's story]]. Tall Tales are inherently related to {{Satire}}, although they are usually humorous and good-natured.

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Tall tales arose, more or less, from braggy exaggerations and other cock-and-bull stories. They may contain exaggerations of actual characters or events, or they can be entirely made up. Common prototypes for tall tales are [[TheCatfish fish stories]] ("it was this big!") (which makes it transparent where the “tall” "tall" humor is coming from), as well as the the [[FearsomeCritters hunter's story]], the [[MilesGloriosus war story]], and [[TheMunchausen the traveler's story]]. Tall Tales are inherently related to {{Satire}}, although they are usually humorous and good-natured.



Tall tales are also often told in a way that makes [[UnreliableNarrator the narrator]] seem to have been a part of the story. If he himself is the hero, there are likely to follow outrageous [[BadassBoast Badass Boasts]] (often followed by the praise of one’s own modesty). This kind of a narrator is a [[TheMunchausen Munchausen]] or a MilesGloriosus. Standard stylistic devices are also the insistence on factuality, and the pitying of naïve skeptics for their disbelief.

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Tall tales are also often told in a way that makes [[UnreliableNarrator the narrator]] seem to have been a part of the story. If he himself is the hero, there are likely to follow outrageous [[BadassBoast Badass Boasts]] (often followed by the praise of one’s one's own modesty). This kind of a narrator is a [[TheMunchausen Munchausen]] or a MilesGloriosus. Standard stylistic devices are also the insistence on factuality, and the pitying of naïve skeptics for their disbelief.



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* The several books under the label ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'', by Erich Rudolph Raspe (1785-1789 and 1792) and Gottfried August Bürger (1788).

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* The several books under the label ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'', by Erich Rudolph Raspe (1785-1789 and 1792) and Gottfried August Bürger (1788).



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1st May '16 6:03:19 PM JackG
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'', Haddock tells the story of his ancestor battling the feared pirate Red Rackham. The events have clearly been exaggerated somewhat over the generations (and quite a few whiskey bottles).
15th Feb '16 1:43:14 AM jormis29
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** The short "Boundin'" is a tall tale that features a [[FearsomeCrittersOfAmericanFolklore Jackalope]].

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** The short "Boundin'" is a tall tale that features a [[FearsomeCrittersOfAmericanFolklore Jackalope]].{{Jackalope}}.
8th Feb '16 4:22:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Lilian Jackson Braun's ''TheCatWhoSeries'', crime journalist Jim Qwilleran collects various tall tales from around Moose County, and eventually publishes them.

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* In Lilian Jackson Braun's ''TheCatWhoSeries'', ''Literature/TheCatWhoSeries'', crime journalist Jim Qwilleran collects various tall tales from around Moose County, and eventually publishes them.
7th Nov '15 7:44:17 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''RedMarsTrilogy'', which is set on a future Mars that is being terraformed, people still tell stories of a Myth/PaulBunyan-type figure called "Big Man," but they make him out as a TricksterArchetype creator figure, not unlike Raven in Native American mythology. This is an InUniverse illustration of how tall tales can evolve into mythology.

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* In the ''RedMarsTrilogy'', ''Literature/RedMarsTrilogy'', which is set on a future Mars that is being terraformed, people still tell stories of a Myth/PaulBunyan-type figure called "Big Man," but they make him out as a TricksterArchetype creator figure, not unlike Raven in Native American mythology. This is an InUniverse illustration of how tall tales can evolve into mythology.
24th Aug '15 10:25:00 AM DrFraud
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* Grandpa Hercules from Robert [=McCloskey=]'s ''Homer Price'' and ''Centerburg Tales'' is the town tall tale teller, spinning a wide variety of highly improbable yarns of his youth and his alleged ancestors.

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* Grandpa Grampa Hercules from Robert [=McCloskey=]'s ''Homer Price'' and ''Centerburg Tales'' is the town tall tale teller, spinning a wide variety of highly improbable yarns of his youth and his alleged ancestors.
31st Jul '15 10:51:36 PM DrFraud
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* Grandpa Hercules from Robert [=McCloskey=]'s ''Homer Price'' and ''Centerburg Tales'' is the town tall tale teller, spinning a wide variety of highly improbable yarns of his youth and his alleged ancestors.
13th Jul '15 11:33:08 AM zoop
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* The ''Literature/{{Relativity}}'' story "The Legend of the Cheese Maidens" begins with Ravenswood telling the story of the time a bunch of cheerleaders (the "Cheese Maidens") saved the Earth from an alien invasion.
7th Jun '15 6:46:21 PM Patachou
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Tall tales are an ancient genre of [[OralTradition folktales]] (as encountered in the tales around PaulBunyan in the USA or CrookedMick in Australia). But there is also the literary tall tale; the literary tall tale catalyzed the emergence of such respectable genres as ScienceFiction and the {{Utopia}}.

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Tall tales are an ancient genre of [[OralTradition folktales]] (as encountered in the tales around PaulBunyan Myth/PaulBunyan in the USA or CrookedMick Myth/CrookedMick in Australia). But there is also the literary tall tale; the literary tall tale catalyzed the emergence of such respectable genres as ScienceFiction and the {{Utopia}}.



* ''Film/TallTale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill'', a Disney film about a young boy's adventures with Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan and John Henry.
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'' by Creator/TerryGilliam, based on the 18th century tall tales around Baron Munchhausen.

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* ''Film/TallTale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill'', a Disney film about a young boy's adventures with Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan Myth/PaulBunyan and John Henry.
Myth/JohnHenry.
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'' by Creator/TerryGilliam, based on the 18th century tall tales around Baron Munchhausen.Munchhausen and the novel ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'' by R.E. Raspe.



* The several books under the label ''The Adventures of Baron Munchausen'', by Erich Rudolph Raspe (1785-1789 and 1792) and Gottfried August Bürger (1788).
* In the ''RedMarsTrilogy'', which is set on a future Mars that is being terraformed, people still tell stories of a PaulBunyan-type figure called "Big Man," but they make him out as a TricksterArchetype creator figure, not unlike Raven in Native American mythology. This is an InUniverse illustration of how tall tales can evolve into mythology.
* Jonathan's Swift ''Literature/GulliversTravels'' combines political and social satire with the genre of the traveller's tall tale.
* ArthurCClarke's short-story collection ''Literature/TalesFromTheWhiteHart'' consists of a number of science-fictiony tall tales told by an odd fellow in the titular Fleet Street pub.

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* The several books under the label ''The Adventures of Baron Munchausen'', ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'', by Erich Rudolph Raspe (1785-1789 and 1792) and Gottfried August Bürger (1788).
* In the ''RedMarsTrilogy'', which is set on a future Mars that is being terraformed, people still tell stories of a PaulBunyan-type Myth/PaulBunyan-type figure called "Big Man," but they make him out as a TricksterArchetype creator figure, not unlike Raven in Native American mythology. This is an InUniverse illustration of how tall tales can evolve into mythology.
* Jonathan's Swift Swift's ''Literature/GulliversTravels'' combines political and social satire with the genre of the traveller's tall tale.
* ArthurCClarke's Creator/ArthurCClarke's short-story collection ''Literature/TalesFromTheWhiteHart'' consists of a number of science-fictiony tall tales told by an odd fellow in the titular Fleet Street pub.



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** CrookedMick, a traditional Tall Tale character from Australia.

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** CrookedMick, Myth/CrookedMick, a traditional Tall Tale character from Australia.



* Disney has made shorts based on Paul Bunyan and John Henry. ''Disney/MelodyTime'' has segments for Johnny Appleseed and Pecos Bill.

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* Disney has made shorts based on Paul Bunyan Myth/PaulBunyan and John Henry. ''Disney/MelodyTime'' has segments for Johnny Appleseed and Pecos Bill.
25th Feb '15 5:38:51 PM MarkLungo
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* An episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ("Hocus-Pocus and Frisby") features a backwoods man named Frisby who continually tells tall tales. When he tells the townsfolk he was abducted by aliens, they believe he is just CryingWolf. (The whole episode could be a tall tale... from Rod Serling's point of view.)

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* An episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ("Hocus-Pocus and Frisby") features a backwoods man named Frisby who continually tells tall tales. When he tells the townsfolk he was abducted by aliens, they believe he is just CryingWolf. CryingWolf--even though for once, he's telling the truth! (The whole episode could be a tall tale... from Rod Serling's Creator/RodSerling's point of view.)



** JohnnyAppleseed

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** JohnnyAppleseedUsefulNotes/JohnnyAppleseed
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