ANDRE is a kid's show based on a true story. It is set in late
50s/early 60s in a remote fishing village in Maine. The Dad (Keith
Carradine) makes his living as an admitted inept harbor master. He is
more interested in animals than doing the labors of a harbor master.
His wife (Chelsea Field), 2 daughters (Tina Majorino and Aidan
Pendleton) and a son (Shane Meier) form the rest of this Brady Bunch
The show gets its only interest from a seal (the famous Andre)
that the family adopts as a pup to nurse it back to health when he
loses his Mom to a fishing net. The only reason that Andre became
famous is that he in turn adopted the family and would not leave. His
fame went so far as to include an appearance on, what else, the Ed
The acting is all straight forward as is the script (by Dana
Baratta based on the book "A Seal Called Andre" by Lew Dietz and Harry
Goodridge) and the directing (George Miller). This is your
traditional, lets play it conservative and do nothing that could upset
or offend anyone sort of show for little tykes. The movie takes no
chances. Other than the obligatory, lets make them think someone is
going to die scenes, it is a sugary sweet show. I found it frequently
boring, but never offensive.
On a more positive note, the narration by Annette O'Toole is
lovely - very melodic. Then again, O'Toole is such a beautiful
actress, I really missed seeing her in the flesh.
Copyright © 1994 Steve Rhodes