Synopsis: This True Life Fantasy follows and shows how the life of a female squirrel, Perri, in the forest is filled with danger and fraught with peril. When not fleeing her natural enemy, the Marten, Perri finds time to fall in love with her prince-charming male squirrel.
Production: Buena Vista
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win.
75 min



These words of truth

are nature's basic law,

and you shall be the witness.

Come with us now

to watch with all the grandeur

of her seasons' change.

And marvel at the wondrous ways

in which she has arranged

a time for everything.

On yonder mountain breaks the day,

and so begins a time of beauty

and our play.

Break of day

The moment of enchantment

When the dawn

Comes tiptoe down the hill

Morning sky all aglow

While the sleepy earth below

Feels the kiss of the breeze

Sweep the mist from her trees

And then lo and behold

All is gold, all is gold

Break of day

Break of day

Break of day

One perfect hour at dawning

When the world

in loveliness is dressed

Every flower fresh with dew

Gives a fragrance to the air

Rippling brook runs along

Joins the birds in their song

See the sky, blue and clear

All awake, day is here

Break of day

Break of day

Break of day

Break of day



And so, full born,

a day in spring.

And we have come on morning's wings

upon a secret garden.

Just beyond the beaver pond, it lies.

We call it Wildwood Heart,

and this shall be the setting

for our play.

Our plot is nature's own,

our theme, the endless stream of life

that in this time of spring

finds new beginnings everywhere.





There are many wonders here

in Wildwood Heart.

Each plays its part in nature's plan.

The miracle of mother love, a vital force

that, even in a savage breast,

protects the young

until their age of helplessness is past.

And nature's greatest gift is here,

a warm and precious thing.

The deep compelling urge

of kind for kind

from which all life must spring.

But now the mating season,

the time of together,

has come and gone.

Still, between the red fox and his vixen,

there is a bond that holds them

in a close companionship.

So shall they stay through all of life,

for this is nature's way.

But nature's mating ways

are sometimes strange,

and in her treetop world,

she's arranged

the very opposite design.

The pine squirrel,

once his mating time has passed,

lives out a life of bachelorhood

inside a ragged nest

of shredded bark and grass,

and yet he always keeps a watchful eye

on a pine-tree snag nearby.

His mate and all her tiny brood

live here,


but one is more precocious

than the rest,

always first to Mother's breast.

This is Perri, and this is her story.

It begins with those first awarenesses

that nature gives the very young:

The taste of milk,

her mother's furry warmth,

and in a bed of pungent cedar bark,

a time of perfect peace.


But Perri's mother

knows none of these.

She leads a hectic life of eat and run.

To feed her young,

she must herself be fed.

And it's odd but true,

she can change to mother's milk

even the deadly tissue of the toadstool.

This time of hunting

is a necessary time for all.


The mother marten,

with her young to feed,

is driven by a constant need

of flesh and blood.

She must make many kills today,

and the pine squirrel

is her natural prey.






The ravens' wild alarm

is heard by Perri's father.




Perri's father,

moved by some ancient instinct

stronger than the fear within his breast,

sets out to lure the marten

from the mother's nest.





A life is lost,

but not in vain.

The marten now can feed her young,

but she will return to Perri's nest again,

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Ralph Wright

Ralph Waldo Wright (May 17, 1908 – December 31, 1983) was a Disney animator and story/storyboard writer who provided the gloomy, sullen voice of Eeyore from the popular Winnie the Pooh franchise. more…

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