Journey of Natty Gann

The Journey of Natty Gann

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Director: Jeremy Kagan

Cast: Jeremy Kagan, Meredith Salenger, John Cusack, Ray Wise

     
 

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Jeremy Kagan's family-friendly adventure drama The Journey of Natty Gann comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any

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Jeremy Kagan's family-friendly adventure drama The Journey of Natty Gann comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, marking this as a pedestrian release from Disney/Buena Vista that will be of little interest to anyone other than a genre enthusiast.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
A family-oriented adventure, The Journey of Natty Gann follows the Disney formula, but does not let sentiment get in the way of a good story. Natty (Meredith Salenger) and her father, Saul Gann (Ray Wise), lovingly survive together in Depression-era Chicago, both fighting for the underdog. When he leaves for work out west, she goes out on her own to find him. Along the way, she befriends a lot of misfits and narrowly escapes the manipulative adults who try to catch her. Salenger plays Natty as quick and determined, fortunately not as a smart aleck or overly precocious. She is tough enough to eat a wild rabbit for food, but still cringes when she has to gut it with her pocket knife. Natty forges a bond with a wolf, who acts as her companion and protector. This relationship sometimes sinks into Disney mush territory, but overall, it makes narrative sense. Especially impressive is Harry (John Cusack), a kindred spirit who teaches Natty the art of riding the rails. With his Humphrey Bogart-style appearance and delivery, Cusack makes a perfect team with Salenger's Natty. For the most part, The Journey of Natty Gann is a coming-of-age tale that is rooted in Disney simplicity, but rare in its portrayal of a strong and gentle protagonist on a quest for family connection.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
UPC:
0786936178159
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
20,348

Special Features

Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Full-screen (1.33:1)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meredith Salenger Natty Gann
John Cusack Harry
Ray Wise Saul Gann
Scatman Crothers Sherman
Barry Miller Parker
Lainie Kazan Connie
John Hock Actor
Paula-Marie Moody Actor
Corliss M. Smith Bus Driver
Verna Bloom Farm Woman
Bruce M. Fischer Charlie Linfield
John Finnegan Logging Boss
Jack Rader Employment Agent
Matthew Faison Buzz
Jordan Pratt Frankie
Zachary Ansley Louis
Campbell Lane Chicago Moderator
Max Trumpower Chicago Worker
Doug MacLeod Chicago Worker
Gary Chalk Chicago Worker
Dwight McFee Chicago Worker
Peter Anderson Unemployed Worker
Ian Black Hobo
Ray Michal Hobo
Clint Rowe Bullwhip
Frank C. Turner Farmer
Jack Ackroyd Grocery Clerk
Grant Heslov Parker's Gang
Gary Riley Parker's Gang
Scott Andersen Parker's Gang
Ian Tracey Parker's Gang
Jennifer Michas Parker's Gang
Kaye Grieve Matron
Hannah Cutrona Twinky
Gabrielle Rose Exercise Matron
Marie Klingenberg Dormitory Matron
Stephen E. Miller Guard
Robert Clothier Railroad Official
Don S. Davis Railroad Brakeman
Alex Diakun Station Master
Harvey M. Miller Railroad Deek
Sheelah Megill Lady at Mill
Jeff Ramsey Logging Driver
Gary Hendrickson Logger
Wally Beeton Logger
Doug Boyd Logger
Bryan Couture Logger
Al MacIntosh Logger
Lorne LaRiviere Logger
Bob Storms Logger
Hagan Beggs Policeman
Wally Marsh Interrogator
Thomas Heaton Railroad Deek

Technical Credits
Jeremy Kagan Director
Andrew Bergman Screenwriter
Michael S. Bolton Production Designer
Dick Bush Cinematographer
Sandy Cooper Makeup
Jim Erickson Set Decoration/Design
David Holden Editor
James Horner Score Composer
Michael Lobell Producer
Jeanne Rosenberg Screenwriter
Steven Rosenblum Editor
Paul Sylbert Production Designer
Ian Thomas Production Designer
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles/Chicago, 1935
2. Sol Finds Work
3. Left Alone
4. The Journey Begins
5. Dogfight
6. Train Wreck
7. Unexpected Help
8. Questionable Companions
9. "I'm No Orphan!"
10. On the Run
11. A New Partner
12. The Road West
13. Seattle
14. Lumber Camp
15. Reunited/End Credits

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The Journey of Natty Gann 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw it in theatres when I was a kid, I bought the VHS when 1st available; I was overjoyed to the point of near misty-eyed-ness when I recieved the DVD from my wife. TjoNG is one of the reasons I fell in love with wolves & learned to overcome my American cultural ignorance of them. The movie is the reason I listened more closely to my grandparents tales of the depression; why I stopped thinking depression meant an emotional state & recognized it as an economic problem. You & your kids can *LEARN* something from this movie, you can enjoy watching it, again & again; there's a marvelous emotional hurrah! throughout the entire story, Disney at it's finest without the clubbed-over-the-head forced-spoon-fed social & morality message & commentary. The scenery is breathtaking, you kinda think I wish I could go back to then & live in that incredible world. The music is perfect, nudging & reinforcing without interrupting or annoying. This is also one of Scatman Caruthers' last roles, doing what he does best; adding a touch of autheniticty that makes our suspension of disbelief effortless. The DVD is a horiffic slap in the face to the theatrical release, the cast, crew & it's *SO* bad it makes the movie look shoddy. I won't reiterate what the other people so ably & eloquently illustrated of the flaws, I'll just say BUY THE VHS! if you can't, well, this DVD is better than nothing. Barely. The only reason there're 3 stars is because I was in the theatre on a magical night near to 2 decades ago & I *KNOW* what should have been on this disc. Let's not even mention the despair of finding no extra features.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie!!! If you liked White Fang, you'll love this one. As a matter of fact it's the same dog! This is a great family movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first saw this with my kids when it came out--we all loved it. When it came to VHS, I bought it, now I have it on dvd--unless one of my now grown kids "borrowed" it again. If they have, I will rebuy because of the story, time period, characters who are real for that time, and because I have to have it in my dvd library. This is one of the first movies by John Cusack and I own most of his PG-13 movies--some I watch on tv after editing for family viewing. There are many places in this movie that make you want to cry, and you do cry and laugh. These two young children are alone in the depression era and have very strong characters showing a tough I-don't-care attitude, but when they separate to go different ways, you know they'll find each other again.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
think Tatum O'Neil in Paper Moon or Natalie Wood in Inside Daisy Glover. This girl is a wonderful actress and absolutely adorable. Lovely Film!