Disney has always done right by the classic "boy and his dog" adventure, and Big Red, adapted from the popular novel by Jim Kjelgarrd, is no exception. Wealthy sportsman Walter Pidgeon buys a beautiful Irish setter to turn into a champion show dog and hires spunky young Gilles Payant, a French-speaking country boy teaching himself English, to care for the dog. But boys will be boys and as Gilles and the setter run through forests, chasing critters and rolling down hills, Red loses all interest in show business discipline as he bonds with Gilles. All set within a nostalgic world of blue skies, green meadows, rushing rivers, and mountain peaks shooting into the sky. What more could a boy and his dog ask for?
Starring Walter Pidgeon, Gilles Payant, Emile Genest
Director Norman Tokar