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Release Date:
9 June 1978 (USA) See more »
Mysterious visitor with unknown powers on our planet for supplies.... A six-pack of tuna? See more »
A UFO is stranded on earth and impounded by the US government. Its pilot, a cat with a collar that has special powers... See more » | Full synopsis »
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It's a campy kid's movie from the late 70s, get over it critics! See more (25 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ken Berry ... Frank

Sandy Duncan ... Liz

Harry Morgan ... General Stilton

Roddy McDowall ... Mr. Stallwood

McLean Stevenson ... Link
Jesse White ... Earnest Ernie

Alan Young ... Dr. Wenger

Hans Conried ... Dr. Heffel

Ronnie Schell ... Jake - voice / Sgt. Duffy

James Hampton ... Capt. Anderson
Howard Platt ... Col. Woodruff (as Howard T. Platt)

William Prince ... Mr. Olympus
Ralph Manza ... Weasel
Tom Pedi ... Honest Harry

Hank Jones ... Officer

Rick Hurst ... Dydee Guard
John Alderson ... Mr. Smith
Tiger Joe Marsh ... Omar
Arnold Soboloff ... NASA Executive
Mel Carter ... 1st Soldier

Dal McKennon ... Farmer (as Dallas McKennon)
Alice Backes ... Farmer's Wife
Henry Slate ... Sandwich Man
Roger Pancake ... Red
Roger Price ... 1st E.R.L. Expert

Jerry Fujikawa ... 2nd E.R.L. Expert
Jim Begg ... Dydee Driver
Peter Renaday ... Bailiff (as Pete Renaday)
Rickie Sorensen ... Technician (as Rick Sorensen)
Tom Jackman ... Army Engineer
Fred L. Whalen ... Sarasota Slim
Joseph G. Medalis ... Sucker (as Joe Medalis)

Gil Stratton ... 1st NASA Scientist
Jana Milo ... 2nd NASA Scientist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sorrell Booke ... Presiding Judge (uncredited)
Jackson Bostwick ... Additional Voices (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Tokar 
Writing credits
Ted Key (written by)

Produced by
Ron Miller .... producer
Norman Tokar .... co-producer
Jan Williams .... associate producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
Cinematography by
Charles F. Wheeler (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Cotton Warburton 
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames  (as Preston Ames)
John B. Mansbridge 
Set Decoration by
Norman Rockett 
Makeup Department
Lola Kemp .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist
Production Management
John D. Bloss .... production manager (as John Bloss)
Christopher N. Seiter .... unit production manager (as Christopher Seiter)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Carroll .... second assistant director (as William Carroll)
Gene Sultan .... assistant director
Arthur J. Vitarelli .... second unit director
Art Department
Eric A. Hulett .... set dresser (uncredited)
Bob McLing .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ben Hendricks .... sound editor (as Ben F. Hendricks)
Bud Maffett .... sound mixer
Herb Taylor .... sound supervisor
George Fredrick .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Art Cruickshank .... special effects
Danny Lee .... special effects
Eustace Lycett .... special effects
Gary D'Amico .... special effects (uncredited)
Mike Edmonson .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Allen Hurd .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Hans Metz .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Mike Reedy .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Harrison Ellenshaw .... matte artist (as P.S. Ellenshaw)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunt player (as Gerald Brutsche)
Fred Dale .... stunt player
Bob Harris .... stunt player
Julie Ann Johnson .... stunt player
Carey Loftin .... stunt player
Regis Parton .... stunt player (as Reg Parton)
Walter Robles .... stunt player
Tom Steele .... stunt player
Jack Verbois .... stunt player
Dick Warlock .... stunt coordinator (as Richard Warlock)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rexford L. Metz .... photography: second unit (as Rexford Metz)
Dan Delgado .... best boy (uncredited)
Peter McEvoy .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Louis Niemeyer .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chuck Keehne .... costumes
Emily Sundby .... costumes
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Other crew
Gary Bertz .... pilot
Rudy Cowl .... animal trainer
Thomas H. Friedkin .... pilot (as Tom Friedkin)
James W. Gavin .... pilot (as Gavin James)
Frank L. Pine .... pilot (as Frank Pine)
Ross Reynolds .... pilot
Don Spinney .... animal trainer
Frank Tallman .... pilot
Crew believed to be complete

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104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

Ronnie Schell, who provided the voice of the title feline, was also given the small part of an army sergeant. In post-production, it was decided that his voice was too easily recognizable, so the on-screen role was re-dubbed by another. An unidentified and anonymous actor.See more »
Factual errors: Early in the film, Frank and Jake discuss procuring the bar of gold necessary to repair the ship. During the discussion, Jake says that he will need to reduce it while retaining all its properties. Later, when Jake reduces the gold to the size of a small pencil, Liz easily picks it up. If the "reduced" gold had retained all of its original properties as Jake said, it should have had the same mass as a bar of gold.See more »
Dr. Elizabeth 'Liz' Bartlett:But I don't have a parachute!
Mr. Charlie Olympus:Then you have a problem.
Mr. Stallwood:But I don't have a parachute either!
Mr. Charlie Olympus:Then you have the same problem.
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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
It's a campy kid's movie from the late 70s, get over it critics!, 11 January 2007
Author: pgb2998 from United States

This movie was one of my earliest memories of childhood and a fond one at that.

This was Disney making a sci fi movie fit for children, it's cute, it's campy, it's not meant to be an Oscar-grabbing masterpiece of acting, effects, or even plot. If Disney had produce the pinnacle of special effects, acting and storyline for its day, everyone would trash it as being either too complex, or unsuitable for children. Disney makes movies for kids, that's what they do. Deal with it.

Kids would be frightened by a true alien being, so a cat is a suitable substitute, makes for a warm cuddly visual even. The story had to be simple or kids wouldn't and couldn't follow it.

Those who want to critique this film as though it were high art need to get over it. If a 6 year old needs to be handed Masterpiece Theater to properly entertain them, there is something very wrong indeed.

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