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Release Date:
12 July 1961 (USA) See more »
An unsurpassed wilderness adventure of three strange friends...a rugged man, a huge bear, and NIKKI - fighting king of a majestic breed! See more »
The rugged Canadian wilderness is the backdrop to this story of a dog separated from his owner. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Jean Coutu ... Andre Dupas
Émile Genest ... Jacques Lebeau (as Emile Genest)
Uriel Luft ... Makoki
Robert Rivard ... Durante
Nikki ... Herself
Jacques Fauteux ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mogens Brandt ... (Danish narrator)

Directed by
Jack Couffer 
Don Haldane 
Writing credits
Ralph Wright (written by) and
Winston Hibler (written by)

James Oliver Curwood (novel)

Dwight Hauser (additional narration material)

Produced by
Winston Hibler .... producer
Erwin L. Verity .... associate producer: Walt Disney Productions
Original Music by
Oliver Wallace 
Cinematography by
William W. Bacon III (photographed by)
Lloyd Beebe (photographed by)
Jack Couffer (photographed by)
Ray Jewell (photographed by)
Donald Wilder (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Grant K. Smith 
Set Decoration by
Jack McCullagh 
Makeup Department
Ken Brooke .... makeup artist: Westminster Films Ltd.
Barry Nye .... makeup artist: Westminster Films Ltd.
Production Management
Leo Ewaschuck .... unit manager: Westminster Films Ltd. (as Leo Ewaschuk)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Hersch .... assistant director: Westminster Films Ltd. (as Phil Hirsch)
Jerry Stoll .... assistant director: Westminster Films Ltd.
Sound Department
Robert O. Cook .... sound: Walt Disney Productions
George Mulholland .... sound recordist: Westminster Films Ltd.
André de Tonnancourt .... sound recordist: Westminster Films Ltd. (as Andre de Tonnancour)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jan Kemp .... costumer: Westminster Films Ltd.
Music Department
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor: Walt Disney Productions
Clifford Vaughan .... orchestrator
Other crew
Walt Disney .... presenter
Dale Hennesy .... continuity sketches: Walt Disney Productions
Sammy McKim .... continuity sketches: Walt Disney Productions (as Sam McKim)
Art Krowchuk .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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74 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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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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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A Typical Disney Nature Story, 10 March 2016
Author: atlasmb from United States

'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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