On Disc

at Amazon

The adventures of Golden Retriever pup Napoleon and his friend, the parrot Birdo Lucci.

Director:

Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Joey (1997)
Family | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Billy is a boy who is trying to save a baby kangaroo called Joey after its family is captured and taken to Sydney. Billy travels to Sydney to reunite Joey with his family only to discover ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Barry
Stars: Jamie Croft, Rebecca Gibney, Alex McKenna
Family | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

An ancient talking macaw named Mac becomes the saving grace for an elderly man threatened with a nursing home, when it is discovered that the talking bird knows the whereabouts of a buried ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Andreacchio
Stars: Jamie Croft, Deborra-Lee Furness, Joe Petruzzi
Fluke (1995)
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After a man dies in a car crash, he is reincarnated as a dog and attempts to reconnect with his family.

Director: Carlo Carlei
Stars: Matthew Modine, Nancy Travis, Samuel L. Jackson
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three pets escape from a California ranch to find their owners in San Francisco.

Director: Duwayne Dunham
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, Don Alder
Shiloh (1996)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Marty Preston, a small-town Southern boy, must rescue a young beagle from abusive owner and recluse Judd Travers.

Director: Dale Rosenbloom
Stars: Blake Heron, Michael Moriarty, Scott Wilson
Paulie (1998)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Paulie, a talking parrot, recounts his travels looking for his original owner to a Russian janitor who helps him to the end of his journey.

Director: John Roberts
Stars: Gena Rowlands, Tony Shalhoub, Cheech Marin
Drama | Family | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After young Marty Preston rescued Shiloh from his abusive owner, Judd Travers, he thought his troubles were over. But when Judd starts threatening to take "his" dog back, Marty is afraid of... See full summary »

Director: Sandy Tung
Stars: Zachary Browne, Scott Wilson, Michael Moriarty
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Croft ...
Napoleon (voice)
Philip Quast ...
Birdo (voice)
Susan Lyons ...
Napoleon's Mum / Other Wallaby (voice)
Coralie Sawade ...
Kids' Mother (voice)
Brenton Whittle ...
Owl / Frog / Wombat / Other Wallaby / Desert Mouse (voice)
Anne-Louise Lambert ...
Spider / Earless Wallaby / Desert Mouse (voice) (as Anne Lambert)
Carole Skinner ...
Cat (voice)
...
Lorikeet / Rabbit (voice)
Tracey Canini ...
Lorikeet / Rabbit (voice)
Annabel Sims ...
Lorikeet / Rabbit (voice)
Neusa Timms ...
Lorikeet / Rabbit (voice)
Debbie Horn ...
Lorikeet / Rabbit (voice)
Lucia Mastrantone ...
Lone Lorikeet (voice)
Frank Whitten ...
Koala (voice)
Fiona Press ...
Other Wallaby / Galah (voice)
Edit

Storyline

Napoleon is a little dog that lives in Sydney. He and his mother live with a family, but Napoleon loves to dream about meeting the wild dogs that live far away, and eventually becoming one himself. One day he gets into a basket hung from some balloons and flies away into the sky. The wind carries him to a nearby island where the basket finally lands. There he meets all kinds of different animals; some of them are friendly, but some aren't. With the help of a parakeet friend he learns the secrets of living alone in the island and defending himself from wild animals. He goes in search of the wild dogs, whom he finally finds. He is very happy with them, but then he gets homesick and starts to miss his mother, so he decides to go home again. Written by Marcos Eduardo Acosta Aldrete

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

ADVENTURE has a new name . . . See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Family

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

10 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kulta  »

Box Office

Budget:

AUD 4,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$47,687 (USA) (10 October 1997)

Gross:

$47,687 (USA) (10 October 1997)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

With a budget of 4.3 million Australian dollars, this was, at the time of production, the most expensive independent film made in South Australia. See more »

Goofs

When Napoleon meets the "owl", it is not actually an owl. The animal is actually a Tawny Frogmouth. See more »

Quotes

Napoleon: This kittens really lost her mittens.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
What a lovely movie!
31 July 2007 | by (The world of artists) – See all my reviews

I absolutely love this movie. Words are not enough to describe such a cute movie. Aside some minor stuff, the whole movie is delightful, adorable, wonderful, hilarious, sweet, exciting, thrilling, entertaining, full of charm and adventure, danger and even some darkness.

The list of qualities doesn't end here. What to say about the scenario? For one thing, this is an Australian film. This special production takes place in Sydney and in a nearby island. This is one of the reasons why this movie is well renowned. This is a rich production that captures all the beauty and wonders of pure nature. Even details like the sounds of exotic birds and waterfalls were not forgotten, which accents this realistic environment even more. Mountains, forests, green places, trees, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, rocks, various species of animals, deserts, sandstorms, sunsets, sunrises, winds, rain, snow and even the seasons of the year are all present here. Plus, the camera work is very efficient.

The story is about a very cute and adorable Golden Retriever puppy named Muffin' (although he nicknames himself Napoleon) that longs for adventure, danger and a life with wild dogs. Despite his young age and innocent appearance, Napoleon is very confident and not timid at all. In fact, he is a brave and curious explorer. But he proves to be a hero later, when he saves two adorable dingo puppies.

His curiosity makes him explore a balloon and accidentally causes the balloon to fly with him inside the basket (which is attached to the balloon). The balloon flies all over the city (Sydney) in very big heights. There are very beautiful and stunning angles of view in this sequence: very tall buildings, roads, a big bridge, the endless sea and even the famous Sydney Opera House (also known as Opera Australia). And these fantastic vistas are perfectly combined at the sound of the lovely Napoleon's song "How High I'll Fly?". Even a brief but delightful voyage by train wasn't forgotten just after that. The basket gets stuck on the train, which takes Napoleon to a great ride over the city.

Other gorgeous shots are when a fantastic sight of Sydney is shown at the beginning, from Napoleon's house and also when, after a long cross of the sea (in the air) Napoleon is getting close to very tall mountains with a beautiful beach down there but he doesn't know what to do until a galah named Birdo appears to help him all over his fantastic journey. Together they live big adventures and dangers while, at the same time, Birdo teaches him everything he knows about wild life.

The soundtrack includes beautiful and soft instrumental music, the sad goodbye song sung by Birdo and Napoleon and the tender and touching Napoleon's song "How High I'll Fly?".

As for the cast, they do a decent voice job, especially Jamie Croft as Napoleon, Philip Quast as Birdo and Susan Lyons as Napoleon's mother.

Despite all its qualities, this is a quite underrated film, a sad reality. However, it's one of the best animal movies, no question about that. And anyone who loves this precious little film just gotta love "Old Yeller", "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey", "Fluke" and "Air Bud". They all deserve to be considered timeless classics.

They don't make movies like this anymore and this is one of those unique gold classics about animals.

This should definitely be on Top 250.


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anyone want the songs? alien_agenda
any1 like this movie? heidibird
SONGS pennstatefan22
napoleon Ravenclaw1111
ENDING! spencer-113
who ever reeds this is lucky Ravenclaw1111
Discuss Napoleon (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?