Andre (film)

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Directed by George Miller
Produced by Donald Kushner
Peter Locke
Screenplay by Dana Baratta
Based on A Seal Called Andre 
by Harry Goodridge & Lew Dietz
Starring Tina Majorino
Keith Carradine
Keith Szarabajka
Chelsea Field
Narrated by Annette O'Toole
Music by Spencer Proffer
Bruce Rowland
Cinematography Thomas Burstyn
Edited by Harry Hitner
Distributed by Paramount Pictures (USA)
Turner Pictures (internationally; these rights are now owned by Warner Bros.)
Release dates
  • August 19, 1994 (1994-08-19)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $8 million
Box office $16,820,893

Andre is a 1994 family comedy-drama feature film starring Tina Majorino about a child's encounter with a seal. The film is an adaptation of the book A Seal Called Andre, which in turn was based on a true story. It was shot in Boston, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and Tasmania, Australia.


In 1962 Toni Whitney (Tina Majorino), a nine-year-old girl, and her Rockport, Maine family adopt an orphaned baby seal, naming it Andre. Andre is manageable when he is young but as Andre gets older and starts getting into mischief, he antagonizes some of the local fishermen. Toni forms an inseparable bond with Andre, but their relationship becomes threatened when the fishermen do not want to deal with Andre's antics any longer. The Whitney family is based on the Goodridge family.



The film is based on the book A Seal Called Andre, co-written by the seal's owner, Harry Goodridge, and Lew Dietz, which describes the true story of Andre.[1] During the credits, shots from original 16mm films of the real Andre are shown. Andre, who resided in later years at the New England Aquarium in Boston, entertained tourists at Rockport, Maine every summer until his death in the spring of 1986.[2][3]

In the film, Andre is not played by an actual seal, but rather by a sea lion named Tory. Two other sea lions named Kalika and PJ were also featured in the film.

It features Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park.

The theme song from the film "Thanks to You", sung by Tyler Collins, was a top 20 hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts upon its release.

Box office[edit]

The movie debuted at No. 10.[4]


Original Motion Picture Score. All tracks composed by Bruce Rowland

Original tracklist
No. Title Length
1. "Seal Ballet"   2:48
2. "An Orphan Pup"   2:02
3. "Toni Meets Andre"   2:43
4. "Let's Call Him Andre"   2:19
5. "Andre's First Swim"   1:13
6. "The Coat Button"   2:36
7. "Winter in the Barn"   2:13
8. "The Storm"   6:23
9. "Off to the Aquarium"   1:40
10. "T. N. T."   1:20
11. "Halloween"   1:18
12. "Let Nature Take Its Course"   1:40
13. "Robinson's Rock"   2:20
14. "Butterflies Are Free"   0:57
15. "Back to the Wild"   1:11
16. "Dad"   1:28
17. "Frogman Dad"   0:25
18. "How Can I Make It Up To You"   1:25
19. "An Attempt On Andre's Life"   1:27
20. "He's On His Way"   2:41
21. "Welcome Home"   0:53
22. "Thanks to You"   3:22
Total length:


  1. ^ Goodridge, Harry; Dietz, Lew (1975). A seal called Andre. Praeger. ISBN 9-78027-522-000-6. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Andre the celebrity seal dies", The New Mexican (Santa Fe). July 21, 1986. pA-3
  3. ^ Curtis, Abigail. "PBS documentary on Andre the Seal has host family reminiscing about special bond". Bangor Daily News (August 5, 2014). Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ Fox, David J. (August 23, 1994). "Weekend Box Office : 'Forrest Gump' in Top Spot--Again". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 

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