The Journey Of Natty Gann 

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

The Journey Of Natty Gann movie

“The Journey of Natty Gann” is a Disney adventure film released in 1985. Directed by Jeremy Kagan, the movie is set during the Great Depression and follows the story of a young girl named Natty Gann, played by Meredith Salenger.

Natty’s father leaves Chicago to find work in the Pacific Northwest, and Natty is determined to reunite with him. Facing separation from her father and an abusive guardian, she decides to embark on a cross-country journey to find him. Along the way, she encounters various challenges and forms a bond with a wolf she names Wolf. She also meets a kind-hearted drifter, Harry, played by John Cusack, who becomes her friend and protector during the journey.

As Natty travels through stunning landscapes and faces numerous trials, the film explores themes of perseverance, friendship, and the resilience of the human spirit. “The Journey of Natty Gann” received critical acclaim for its heartwarming story and strong performances, especially from the young Meredith Salenger, who earned praise for her portrayal of the courageous and determined Natty.

The movie’s touching narrative and beautiful cinematography make it a memorable and beloved addition to Disney’s live-action filmography. It has remained a favorite among audiences over the years, providing an inspiring tale of a young girl’s determination to reunite with her father during challenging times.

The Journey Of Natty Gann 

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  • Year Released: 1985
  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $9.7 million
  • Awards: Nominated Academy Award
  • IMDB Link


  • Meredith Salenger: Natty Gann
  • Jed the Wolfdog: Wolf
  • John Cusack: Harry
  • Ray Wise: Sol Gann
  • Lainie Kazan: Connie
  • Scatman Crothers: Sherman
  • Barry Miller: Parker
  • Verna Bloom: Farm Woman
  • John P. Finnegan: Logging Boss
  • Garry Chalk: Chicago Worker
  • Frank C. Turner: Farmer
  • Gabrielle Rose: Exercise Matron
  • Don S. Davis: Railroad Brakeman
  • Alek Diakun: Station Master
  • Grant Heslov: member of Parker’s Gang
  • Bruce M. Fischer: Charlie Linfield
  • Jack Rader: Employment Agent
  • Matthew Faison: Buzz
  • Jordan Pratt: Frank
  • Zachary Ansley: Louie
  • Campbell Lane: Chicago Moderator
  • Max Trumpower: Chicago Worker


  • Director: Jeremy Kagan
  • Producer: Mike Lobell
  • Music: James Horner

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