Rascal (film)

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Rascal poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Norman Tokar
Produced by James Algar
Written by Harold Swanton
Based on Rascal
by Sterling North
Starring Bill Mumy
Walter Pidgeon
Steve Forrest
Pamela Toll
Narrated by Walter Pidgeon
Music by Buddy Baker
Cinematography William E. Snyder
Edited by Norman R. Palmer
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release date
June 11, 1969 (1969-06-11)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Rascal is a 1969 comedy drama film made by Walt Disney Productions, based on the book of the same name by Sterling North, about a young man and his pet raccoon set in rural Wisconsin.[1]


The movie is a dramatization of Sterling North's 1963 "memoir of a better era." Born near Edgerton, Wisconsin, North was a former literary editor for newspapers in Chicago and New York City. The movie relates a year in the life of young Sterling North (portrayed by Bill Mumy) and his "ringtailed wonder" pet raccoon, Rascal. Although set in Wisconsin, circa 1917, the movie was filmed in California.

The film features the song "Summer Sweet".


Changes from the book[edit]

In the award-winning book of the same name, all three of Sterling North's real-life siblings are featured: his brother Herschel and his sisters Theodora (Theo) and the future poet and editor Jessica Nelson North. However, Theo is Sterling's only sibling in the movie version.

Critical reception[edit]

Rascal holds the distinction of being the very first print review by Gene Siskel (of Siskel and Ebert), written in the Chicago Tribune one month before he became the paper's film critic in 1969. His review of the film was favorable but received no stars by default since the paper did not use a star-rating system for films at the time.

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