Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Perri (1957 Movie)

“Perri” is a 1957 nature documentary film produced by Walt Disney Productions. It is based on the novel “Perri: The Youth of a Squirrel” written by Felix Salten, who also wrote “Bambi: A Life in the Woods.”

The film follows the journey of a young female pine squirrel named Perri as she navigates through the various challenges and adventures of the forest. Set in the wilderness of the American northwest, Perri’s story unfolds with stunning cinematography that captures the beauty and splendor of nature.

Narrated by Winston Hibler, the film gives a voice to Perri and other forest creatures, providing a unique perspective on their lives and interactions. Throughout her journey, Perri encounters a wide range of animals, from playful chipmunks to dangerous predators, all of which become an integral part of her world.

The film portrays the life cycle of animals in the forest, showing the joys and hardships they face in their struggle for survival. It also touches on themes of love, family, and the circle of life, offering an educational and heartwarming experience for viewers of all ages.

“Perri” was noted for its innovative camera work, as the filmmakers employed advanced techniques to capture the intimate lives of the forest animals. The use of slow-motion and close-up shots helped to provide a sense of immersion into the animals’ world.

Upon its release, “Perri” received critical acclaim and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Audiences were captivated by the breathtaking cinematography and the emotional journey of the titular character.

Over the years, “Perri” has become a beloved classic in Disney’s nature documentary library, alongside other iconic films like “Bambi” and “The Living Desert.” Its portrayal of wildlife and the wonders of nature continues to inspire and entertain audiences, showcasing the beauty and complexity of the natural world.

Although “Perri” is not as widely known as some of Disney’s other animated classics, it remains a testament to the studio’s commitment to creating impactful and educational films that celebrate the wonders of nature.

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  • Type of Movie: Animated
  • Box Office: $1.75 million
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  • Narrator: Winston Hibler


  • Director: N Paul Kenworthy
  • Producer: Winston Hibler
  • Writers: Ralph Wright, Winston Hibler and Felix Salten

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