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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 ...
Makoki
Robert Rivard ...
Nikki ...
Herself
Jacques Fauteux ...
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Mogens Brandt ...
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A family film about Nikki, a half-wolf, half-dog raised in the Yukon during the gold rush era. After being separated from her master, Nikki must fend for herself amidst bears, the harsh Yukon weather, and a trapper who wants her skin. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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An unsurpassed wilderness adventure of three strange friends...a rugged man, a huge bear, and NIKKI - fighting king of a majestic breed! See more »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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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 »


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Un Canadien errant
Composed by Antoine Gérin-Lajoie
Performed by Jean Coutu
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A Typical Disney Nature Story
10 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Nikki, Wild Dog of the North" is a live action animal film typical of the Disney studios in the sixties. Its stars are a dog that is part wolf (Nikki) and a bear, who grow up together. This is a story that feels like a Jack London tale, full of adventure and celebrating the natural world.

The filmmakers impose their story on some real action sequences and, probably, also stage their animal "stars" to conform to the desired story. A voice over is used to pull the parts of the story together and to provide human interpretations of animal behaviors. This anthropomorphism, while a large part of what makes the film enjoyable for some, trades in common misconceptions of animals and furthers inaccurate beliefs about animal psychology. When the narrator says the dog feels certain emotions or make judgments based upon rational decisions, it obscures the real nature of the animal.

While children will find much of the story adorable and engaging, they should be disabused of the conceit that the animals have thought processes like humans. Besides, it is not necessary for dogs to think and feel like humans for them to be good companions.

While the interactions between some of the animals usually can be explained by the filmmakers imposing their story on natural behavior, one has to wonder about the scenes involving the dog and a wolverine or the dog and some rats. Were any animals harmed in the making of this film or were animals put in harm's way?

In the end, there are some incredibly beautiful scenes of nature, including towering mountains and lovely blue waters in all seasons. And the values inherent in this film are kindness and respect for life.


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