Jungle Cat (film)

Jungle Cat is a 1960 American documentary film written and directed by James Algar. The documentary chronicles the life of a female jaguar in the South American jungle. The film was released on August 10, 1960,[2][3] and was the last of Walt Disney Productions' True-Life Adventures series of documentary feature films.

Jungle Cat
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Official theatrical poster
Directed byJames Algar
Written byJames Algar
Produced byBen Sharpsteen
Narrated byWinston Hibler
CinematographyLloyd Beebe
James R. Simon
Hugh A. Wilmar
Edited byNorman R. Palmer
Music byOliver Wallace
Distributed byBuena Vista Distribution
Release date
  • June 1960 (1960-06) (Berlin)
  • August 10, 1960 (1960-08-10) (US)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2.3 million (US and Canadian rentals)[1]


An amazing adventure to Brazil to discover the supreme ruler of the Amazon jungle: the jaguar. The film offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of a jaguar family in life-and-death struggles with a caiman, a peccary, a pirarucu, and an anaconda.


The film was shown during the 10th Berlin International Film Festival in June 1960 and was one of a few to also be screened in East Berlin.[4]


Howard Thompson of The New York Times wrote, "As written and directed by James Algar, this is one of Mr. Disney's best—intimate, tasteful, strong and matter-of-fact."[3] Variety stated, "Somewhat less astonishing, considerably less amusing, but equally as meticulous and painstakingly filmed as Walt Disney's previous true-life adventure pieces, 'Jungle Cat' pokes around in the lush rain forests of Brazil and comes up with some splendidly photographed shots of wildlife in its best survival-of-the-fittest form."[5] Frank Mulcahy of the Los Angeles Times called the film "a fascinating study of 'the greatest hunter of all cats,' the jaguar ... Like all films in this particular Disney series, it is beautifully photographed in Technicolor and shows every evidence of the painstaking work required to produce such remarkable footage."[6] The Monthly Film Bulletin said, "The detail of the film's reportage, and its photographic magnificence, are the more remarkable considering the conditions under which it must have been made ... The whimsy makes the film doubly suitable for children. But one still deplores the over-joviality of a commentary which noisily relishes the prospect of animals killing and eating one another—as when a jaguar, disappointed in some victim, casts around for another just as a wild pig trots into sight. 'Never mind,' says the commentator, 'here comes a nice pork chop on the hoof!'"[7]


  1. ^ "Rental Potentials of 1960". Variety. January 4, 1961. p. 47. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  2. ^ "Jungle Cat (1960) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b Thompson, Howard (August 18, 1960). "Disney Double Bill". The New York Times. 19.
  4. ^ Myers, Harold (29 June 1960). "Berlin Film Fest Unreeling". Variety. p. 5. Retrieved 13 February 2021 – via Archive.org.
  5. ^ "Film Reviews: Jungle Cat". Variety. August 10, 1960. p. 6.
  6. ^ Mulcahy, Frank (August 13, 1960). "'Jungle Cat' Proves Fascinating Study". Los Angeles Times. Part I, p. 12.
  7. ^ "Jungle Cat". The Monthly Film Bulletin. 27 (322): 159. November 1960.

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