Movie Poster Scraps VIII: The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) (The Journey of Natty Gann; 1985; Jeremy Kagan; Meredith Salenger; John Cusack; Ray Wise; Lainie Kazan; Scatman Crothers; Barry Miller; Verna Bloom; Bruce M. Fischer; John Finnegan; Jack Rader; Matthew Faison; Jordan Pratt; Zachary Ansley; Campbell Lane; Max Trumpower; animal film; dog; )
The Journey of Natty Gann is a 1985 American film directed by Jeremy Paul Kagan, produced by Walt Disney Pictures and released by Buena Vista Distribution.
In the 1930s, a tomboyish girl runs away from her guardian to join her single father who is 2,000 miles away, because there was work there.
Natty Gann (played by Meredith Salenger) is a twelve year old Depression era girl whose single-parent father leaves her behind in Chicago while he goes to Washington State to look for work in the timber industry. Natty runs away from the guardian she was left with to follow Dad. She befriends and is befriended by a wolf that has been abused in dog fights, hops a freight train west, and is presumed dead when her wallet is found after the train crashes. Dad gets bitter and endangers himself in his new job. Meanwhile Natty has a series of adventures and mis- adventures in various farmhouses, police stations, hobo camps, reform schools, and boxcars.