The Jennie Project

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

The Jennie Project (Disney Channel Original Movie)

“The Jennie Project” is a Disney Channel Original Movie that premiered in 2001. Directed by Gary Nadeau, the film is a heartwarming family drama that combines elements of adventure, friendship, and environmentalism. It stars Alex D. Linz, Sheila Kelley, and Lance Guest.

The story revolves around Andrew Archibald (Alex D. Linz), a young boy who lives with his scientist father (Lance Guest) and sister Sarah (Abigail Mavity) in Africa. One day, Andrew’s father brings home a baby chimpanzee named Jennie, rescued from poachers. As the family begins to care for Jennie, Andrew develops a strong bond with the chimpanzee, and they become inseparable friends.

As Jennie grows older, Andrew realizes that she possesses remarkable intelligence and even the ability to communicate through sign language. This discovery leads Andrew and his family to embark on a journey to protect Jennie and her fellow chimps from the threat of poachers and environmental destruction.

Throughout the film, “The Jennie Project” explores themes of animal conservation, the importance of protecting endangered species, and the connection between humans and animals. It highlights the emotional depth and intelligence of chimpanzees and raises awareness about the need to preserve their natural habitats.

The movie’s heartwarming portrayal of the friendship between Andrew and Jennie captures the essence of the bond between humans and animals. It showcases the ability of animals to form meaningful connections with humans and how such relationships can lead to positive change and greater awareness of environmental issues.

“The Jennie Project” serves as both an entertaining family film and an educational tool to raise awareness about the importance of conservation and wildlife protection. Through its engaging storyline and captivating performances, the movie delivers a powerful message about the value of all living creatures and the need to protect and preserve our planet’s biodiversity.

Overall, “The Jennie Project” is a touching and inspiring film that emphasizes the significance of compassion, friendship, and environmental responsibility. It encourages viewers, especially children, to take an active role in protecting animals and their habitats and serves as a reminder that even small actions can make a big difference in the world.

Additional Details

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  • Year Released: 2001
  • Type of Movie: Live Action
  • Movie Platform: Disney Channel Original Movie
  • IMDB Link


  • Alex D. Linz: Andrew Archibald
  • Sheila Kelley: Lea Archibald
  • Lance Guest: Hugo Archibald
  • Abigail Mavity: Sarah Archibald
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph: Dr. Pam Prentiss
  • Joel McKinnon Miller: Frank
  • Fran Bennett: Judge
  • Earl Boen: Reverend Palliser
  • Kenneth Kimmins: Epstein
  • Janet Rotblatt: Mrs. Palliser
  • Kelvin “Kane” Gully: Monkey Poacher


  • Director: Gary Nadeau
  • Producers: Charles Hirschhorn and Christopher Morgan

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