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Release Date:
25 December 1957 (USA) See more »
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A boy brings a yellow dog home. The dog loves the family as much as they love him, but can the love last ? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Robert Stevenson 
Writing credits
Fred Gipson (screenplay) &
William Tunberg (screenplay)

Fred Gipson (book "Old Yeller")

Produced by
Bill Anderson .... associate producer (as William H. Anderson)
Walt Disney .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Oliver Wallace 
Will Schaefer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Charles P. Boyle (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Stanley E. Johnson  (as Stanley Johnson)
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Set Decoration by
Emile Kuri 
Fred M. MacLean  (as Fred MacLean)
Costume Design by
Gertrude Casey 
Chuck Keehne 
Makeup Department
Pat McNalley .... makeup artist
Elaine Stone .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director
Robert G. Shannon .... assistant director
Sound Department
Robert O. Cook .... sound supervisor
Frank McWhorter .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Peter Ellenshaw .... matte artist
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Clifford Vaughan .... orchestrator
Other crew
Walt Disney .... presenter
Lionel Comport .... hog and racoon wrangler (uncredited)
George Guessford .... head wrangler (uncredited)
Frank Weatherwax .... dog trainer (uncredited)
Rudd Weatherwax .... dog trainer (uncredited)
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83 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Finland:K-8 | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Sweden:Btl | UK:U (cut) | USA:Approved (certificate #18570) (original rating) | USA:G (re-rating) (1974)

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The dog, Old Yeller, although described in the dialogue as a mongrel, is portrayed by a Yellow Labrador Retriever and, in the book, is a Black-Mouthed Cur, which is not recognized as a separate breed.See more »
Continuity: After Old Yeller catches the catfish and Travis scolds him and Arliss for being in the drinking water, the next scene shows Old Yeller lying on his side perfectly clean and dry.See more »
Katie Coates:If that don't beat all. I never saw such a dog.
Travis Coates:And you won't never see another one like him.
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9 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A pleasing little Disney movie., 13 January 1999
Author: Glyn Ingram ( from London, England

A pleasing, typical Disney tale from the late 50's, whilst "Old Yeller" boasts nothing either remarkable or original, its laid-back story and its simple approach is bound to please younger, less demanding children. Meanwhile, the truly dated yet lighthearted and entertaining aspects of this western-set movie are bound to both amuse and appeal to the adults, resuting in a warm, gentle little tale.

The "Old Yeller" of the title, is, in fact, a stray dog, which, after one day being discovered by a young teenager (Tommy Kirk), quickly befriends and becomes part of family life in the west. The family, in fact, consists of Kirk, his brother (Kevin Corcocan), and their mother, Dorothy McGuire. Father, meanwhile, has gone away on business, with the promise of returning in some months on horse and cart. During his departure, the two boys and their mother incur a series of ups and downs, most of which involve their newfound doggy friend, making him a true part of the family.

"Old Yeller" could be to blame (Or, perhaps, credited) for creating so many conventions that nearly every 'Doggy' movie made since seems to follow (e.g. "K9," or "Turner and Hooch). For instance, whilst the central characters eventually develop a close and loving relationship with the brave little dog, this is not the case in the initial scenes where the mutt makes his appearance, leading the way for a series of sequences where we witness a number of scornful feuds and fights. Also, without giving away too much of "Old Yeller's" narrative, in nearly every case, the dog in a 'Doggy movie' always seem to meet a nasty ending. "Old Yeller" is no exception.

Fred Gipson's screenplay never even remotely hides its novel's origins, and later scenes feel like a chapter from a book. This is mainly because rather than being made up of one main narrative, "Old Yeller" is divided up into numerous plots, including the dog having a fight with a bear, and, facing the consequences of being taken away by his real owner when he comes to fetch him some time later.

There's little here to impress in the way of animal tricks or stunts, although several of the attack sequences hold some impact. It's obvious that camera trickery and smart editing are more dominant in this movie than anything else; during the many scenes involving humans and animals, it is rare that they're seen in the same frame.

There is no denying that "Old Yeller" is a dated movie, and this is probably most evident with the amazingly dated and silly sounding opening song. Even so, it's all undeniably nice to look at, and boasts the typical morals that most Disney pictures made around this time contain. And, with a running time at just over eighty minutes, its unlikely you'll get bored. All in all, a nice, warm little film.

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