The Boy Who Talked to Badgers (1975)

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The Boy Who Talked to Badgers (1975)

A young Canadian farm boy, Juttner has no use for people; in fact, he seems to communicate better with animals. He tries to spend as much time as possible with his furry friends. His parents realize this could eventually become a problem, but don't have the heart to take away Benjy's seemingly only pleasure. The boy befriends a badger, and when the animal disappears, Benjy sets out to find his friend. In the course of his search, Benjy gets trapped in a raging river and winds up being carried far from his home. His quest for survival and finding his way back dominate the bigger part of the film.
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Creators
Director Gary Nelson
Writer Sheldon Stark
Information
Release Date1975-09-14
Runtime1h 29mins
GenreAdventure, Family
Content Rating
Awards
CompanyWalt Disney Productions
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Carl Betz
Carl Betz
Will MacDonald
Esther MacDonald
Ben as an Adult
Jim Roberts
Jim Roberts
Mr. Gilman
Chief Rufus Goodstriker
Chief Rufus Goodstriker
Joe
Joyce Doolittle
Joyce Doolittle
Mrs. Polanski
Robert Cruse
Robert Cruse
Farmer Pennyman
Robert Pulleyblank
Robert Pulleyblank
Farmer Sawyer
Bill Berry
Bill Berry
Deputy
Lyle W. Edge
Lyle W. Edge
Rider (as Lyle Edge)
Arnold Wilson
Arnold Wilson
Minister
Frank D. Scott
Frank D. Scott
Sexton

The Boy Who Talked to Badgers

The Boy Who Talked to Badgers is a 1975 American made-for-television adventure film directed by Gary Nelson, starring Christian Juttner and Carl Betz. It was produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on the novel Incident at Hawk's Hill by Allan W. Eckert. The film was originally broadcast on NBC as a two-part episode on The Wonderful World of Disney on September 14 and 21, 1975.


Plot

Benjy (Juttner) is a six-year-old Canadian boy who prefers the company of animals rather than humans, and tries to spend as much time as possible with his furry friends. His parents realize this could eventually become a problem, but don't have the heart to take away Benjy's only pleasure.

The boy befriends a badger, and when the animal disappears, Benjy sets out to find his friend. In the course of his search, Benjy gets trapped in a raging river and winds up being carried far from his home. After over a week long search, brother John finds Benjy. He had been living in a cave shared with a badger. Old Badger shared his fish catches with the boy.

After a happy family reunion, trapper Burton returns to the ranch and shoots the badger. The animal dies but years later as an adult Ben returns to Old Badger's grave.


Cast

  • Carl Betz as Will MacDonald
  • Salome Jens as Esther MacDonald
  • Christian Juttner as Benjy MacDonald
  • Robert Donner as Trapper Burton
  • Denver Pyle as Narrator (Ben MacDonald as an adult)
  • Stuart Lee as John MacDonald
  • Georgie Collins as Mrs. Martha Gilman

Production

The Boy Who Talked to Badgers was filmed on location in Alberta, Canada.