Old Yeller

Old Yeller
Old Yeller
  • G
  • 1h 24m
  • 1957
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No film better portrays the powerful emotions of hope, courage, and friendship. When his younger brother adopts a frisky lop-eared stray, 15-year-old Travis (Tommy Kirk), acting "man-of-the-house," tries to shoo him away. But Old Yeller soon proves he is anything but "yellow" when he protects the family farm and saves Travis' life.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TIME Magazine

It comes from Disney's thoroughly proved mother lode: movies for the kids that adults will stay to...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Bosley Crowther

Sentimental, yes, but also sturdy as a hickory stick.

June 21, 2017
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Tearjerker is one of the best early Disney dramas.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Old Yeller is a classic 1950s tearjerker about love and loss between a frontier family and a dog. It has characters hunting with rifles, and fierce battles between Old Yeller and various wild animals that could be too intense for younger viewers. And, of course, there is the now-legendary climax of the film, which could definitely be difficult for children still coming to grips with life and death of pets and people. Still, it is a classic story of loss, and an excellent way to begin a discussion of those issues.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Family
  • Release Date:December 25, 1957
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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