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Nikki, Wild Dog of the North (1961)

Approved | | Family, Adventure | 12 July 1961 (USA)
The rugged Canadian wilderness is the backdrop to this story of a dog separated from his owner.

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Complete credited cast:
Jean Coutu ...
Andre Dupas
Émile Genest ...
Jacques Lebeau (as Emile Genest)
Uriel Luft ...
Robert Rivard ...
Nikki ...
Jacques Fauteux ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mogens Brandt ...
(Danish narrator)


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The wild country was only for the brave... survival only for the fittest---man or beast! See more »


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Nikki  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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All French-Canadian actors did dub themselves in the French version. No explanation if it was done either in Disney studios in Los Angeles, in Montreal's "Syncro-Québec" studio or SPS studio in Paris, France. See more »


Un Canadien errant
Composed by Antoine Gérin-Lajoie
Performed by Jean Coutu
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Okay, but best suited for kids
7 May 2016 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

"Nikki, Wild Dog of the North" was an interesting hybrid of a movie made while Walt Disney was still alive, though not the first time Disney made such a hybrid. It is a cross between one of Disney's True Life documentaries with a fictional narrative. The end results are somewhat mixed. There is some nice scenery, a breezy narrative, and the footage of animals in action is interesting - especially since some of the stuff the animals are put through would probably cause an outcry by the SPCA and animal lovers today. The human side of the movie is somewhat less successful, with human characters that are stereotyped at best and downright goofy at their worst. The narration is overbearing and pretentious at times as well. All of this results in a movie that is probably best for younger children, though older children and their parents will probably find it bearable if they can't find anything better to watch.

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