Nikki, Wild Dog of the North (1961)

74 mins | Adventure | 1961

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HISTORY

Filmed in French and English in the Kananaskis Valley of the Canadian Rockies. The film acknowledges the cooperation of Canada's Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources, Forestry ... More Less

Filmed in French and English in the Kananaskis Valley of the Canadian Rockies. The film acknowledges the cooperation of Canada's Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources, Forestry Branch. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Walt Disney Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir for Cangary, Ltd.
Dir for Westminster Films
Asst dir for Westminster Films
Asst dir for Westminster Films
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod for Walt Disney Productions
WRITERS
Writ for the screen
Addl narr
Cont sketches for Walt Disney Productions
Cont sketches for Walt Disney Productions
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog for Cangary, Ltd.
Photog for Cangary, Ltd.
Photog for Cangary, Ltd.
Photog for Cangary, Ltd.
Photog for Westminster Films
FILM EDITOR
Film ed for Walt Disney Productions
SET DECORATOR
Set dec for Westminster Films
COSTUMES
Cost for Westminster Films
MUSIC
Mus for Walt Disney Productions
Orch for Walt Disney Productions
SOUND
Sd for Walt Disney Productions
Music ed for Walt Disney Productions
Sd rec for Westminster Films
Sd rec for Westminster Films
MAKEUP
Makeup for Westminster Films
Makeup for Westminster Films
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr for Westminster Films
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Nomads of the North by James Oliver Curwood (Garden City, New York, 1919).
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 12 July 1961
Copyright Claimant:
Walt Disney Productions
Copyright Date:
9 February 1961
Copyright Number:
LP19838
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
74
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

While on a canoe trip in the Canadian Rockies, trapper André Dupas, his Malemute pup, Nikki, and an adopted bear cub, Neewa, are capsized in rough water. André struggles ashore, but the two animals, tied together by a leash, are pulled downstream. When they reach land they are forced to overcome the instinct that makes them natural enemies and join together in a search for food and shelter. Despite many fights, they eventually become friends and remain together even after their leash breaks. With the coming of winter Neewa goes into hibernation and Nikki wanders off alone. He steals the bait from traps until he is captured by a vicious trapper, Jacques Lebeau, and Lebeau's reluctant Indian companion, Makoki. After watching the now full-grown dog kill a wolf in spite of the trap, Lebeau decides to train Nikki as a fighting dog although pit-fighting is illegal. When André, the new factor, challenges Lebeau for breaking the law, he is pushed into the pit with the brutalized killer dog. Nikki recognizes his old master, however, and joins André in fighting Lebeau, who is accidentally killed with his own knife. Later, while on a trip to André's trap line, Nikki spots his old friend, Neewa; but the dog realizes that the full-grown bear is happier roaming the wilds, and he chooses to remain by André's ... +


While on a canoe trip in the Canadian Rockies, trapper André Dupas, his Malemute pup, Nikki, and an adopted bear cub, Neewa, are capsized in rough water. André struggles ashore, but the two animals, tied together by a leash, are pulled downstream. When they reach land they are forced to overcome the instinct that makes them natural enemies and join together in a search for food and shelter. Despite many fights, they eventually become friends and remain together even after their leash breaks. With the coming of winter Neewa goes into hibernation and Nikki wanders off alone. He steals the bait from traps until he is captured by a vicious trapper, Jacques Lebeau, and Lebeau's reluctant Indian companion, Makoki. After watching the now full-grown dog kill a wolf in spite of the trap, Lebeau decides to train Nikki as a fighting dog although pit-fighting is illegal. When André, the new factor, challenges Lebeau for breaking the law, he is pushed into the pit with the brutalized killer dog. Nikki recognizes his old master, however, and joins André in fighting Lebeau, who is accidentally killed with his own knife. Later, while on a trip to André's trap line, Nikki spots his old friend, Neewa; but the dog realizes that the full-grown bear is happier roaming the wilds, and he chooses to remain by André's side. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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