The Cat From Outer Space

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Cat From Outer Space (1978 Movie)

“The Cat from Outer Space” is a science fiction comedy film released by Walt Disney Productions in 1978. The film is directed by Norman Tokar and written by Ted Key.

The story revolves around a cat named Zunar-J-5/9 Doric-4-7, also known as Jake, who crash-lands on Earth in a spaceship. Jake is no ordinary cat; he is actually an extraterrestrial being with advanced intelligence and special powers. He communicates with humans using a collar that enables telepathic communication.

When Jake’s spaceship is discovered by the U.S. government, various parties become interested in its advanced technology. A team of scientists, led by Dr. Frank Wilson (played by Ken Berry), and a group of military personnel, led by General Stilton (played by Harry Morgan), are determined to get their hands on the mysterious spacecraft.

However, Jake’s primary concern is repairing his ship and returning to his home planet. To achieve this, he seeks the assistance of a young widower named Frank and a charming, talkative cat named Lucy (voiced by Ronnie Schell). Together, they embark on a series of hilarious and heartwarming misadventures to secure the necessary materials for the repair.

As the story unfolds, Frank and Lucy must protect Jake from the government’s pursuit while trying to find a way to help him return home safely. Throughout their journey, they encounter comedic situations and form a unique bond with Jake, who proves to be a clever and endearing companion.

“The Cat from Outer Space” blends elements of science fiction, humor, and heartwarming moments, making it an entertaining family film. The movie’s special effects, for its time, were notable, adding to the charm and appeal of the story.

While not a blockbuster hit, “The Cat from Outer Space” received positive feedback from audiences and has remained a beloved classic among Disney fans. The film’s lighthearted and imaginative premise, combined with the adorable and intelligent extraterrestrial feline, has made it a memorable and enjoyable watch for generations.

Additional Details


  • Ken Berry: Dr. Franklin “Frank” Wilson
  • Sandy Duncan: Dr. Elizabeth “Liz” Bartlett
  • Harry Morgan: Gen. Stilton
  • Ronnie Schell: Sgt. Duffy/Voice of Jake
  • Roddy McDowall: Mr. Stallwood
  • McLean Stevenson: Dr. Norman Link
  • Jesse White: Earnest Ernie
  • Alan Young: Dr. Winger
  • Hans Conried: Chief Dr. Heffel
  • James Hampton: Capt. Anderson
  • Howard Platt: Col. Woodruff
  • William Prince: Mr. Charlie Olympus
  • Ralph Manza: Weasel
  • Tom Pedi: Honest Harry
  • Hank Jones: Officer
  • Rick Hurst: Dydee Guard
  • Sorrell Booke: Judge
  • Fred Whalen: Sarasota Slim
  • John Alderson: Mr. Smith
  • Tiger Joe Marsh: Omar
  • Alfred Soboloff: NASA Executive
  • Mel Carter: 1st Soldier
  • Dallas McKennon: Charlie Cooney
  • Alice Backes: Farmer’s Wife
  • Henry Slate: Sandwich Man
  • Roger Pancake: Red
  • Roger Price: 1st E.R.L. Report
  • Jerry Fujikawa: 2nd E.R.L. Report
  • Jim Begg: Dydee Driver
  • Peter Renaday: Baliff
  • Rickie Sorensen: Technician
  • Tom Jackman: Army Engineer
  • Joseph G. Medalis: Sucker
  • Gil Stratton: 1st NASA Scientist
  • Jana Milo: 2nd NASA Scientist


  • Director: Norman Tokar
  • Producer: Ron Miller
  • Music: Lalo Schifrin

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