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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Norman Tokar
Produced by James Algar
Written by Harold Swanton
Narrated by Walter Pidgeon
Starring Bill Mumy
Walter Pidgeon (voice)
Steve Forrest
Pamela Toll
Music by Buddy Baker
Cinematography William E. Snyder
Editing by Norman R. Palmer
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release date(s) June 11, 1969 (1969-06-11)
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Rascal is a 1969 American comedy-drama film made by Walt Disney Productions, based on the book of the same name by Sterling North, about a young man and his pet raccoon set in rural Wisconsin.


The movie is a dramatization of Sterling North's 1963 "memoir of a better era." Born near Edgerton, Wisconsin, North was a former literary editor for newspapers in Chicago and New York City. The movie relates a year in the life of young Sterling North (portrayed by Bill Mumy) and his "ringtailed wonder" pet raccoon, Rascal. Although set in Wisconsin, circa 1918, the movie was filmed in California.

The film features the song "Summer Sweet" by Bobby Russell.


Differences from the book

In the award-winning book of the same name, all three of Sterling North's real-life siblings are featured in the story: his brother Herschel and his sisters Theodora (Theo) and the future poet and editor Jessica Nelson North. Theo is the only sibling featured in the film version.

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