The Cat from Outer Space (1978) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Cat from Outer Space (1978)

The Cat from Outer Space (1978)

The Cat from Outer Space





Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

The Cat from Outer Space Trailers & Photos

Movie Info

Zunar J5/90 Doric 4-7, also known as Jake, is an alien cat who crash-lands on earth. He heads off to the nearest scientist to find gold ($120,000 worth!) in order to repair his spaceship. Jake reveals that he can predict the winners in sporting events and soon the military is trying to track him down. The plot becomes more complicated when a wacky veterinarian inadvertently puts Jake into a deep sleep; now he must hide the alien cat from government authorities. The Cat from Outer Space was written by cartoonist Ted Key, who also wrote other Disney family fare, including Gus and The $1,000,000 Duck.more
Rating: G
Genre: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ted Key, Ted Key
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 30, 1999
Buena Vista Distribution Company


Ken Berry
as Frank
Harry Morgan
as General Stilton
Roddy McDowall
as Mr. Stallwood
Alan Young
as Wenger
Ronnie Schell
as Sgt. Duffy
James Hampton
as Capt. Anderson
Howard Platt
as Col. Woodruff
Tom Pedi
as Honest Harry
Hank Jones
as Officer
Rick Hurst
as Dydee Guard
John Alderson
as Mr. Smith
Arnold Soboloff
as NASA Executive
Mel Carter
as 1st Soldier
Alice Backes
as Farmer's Wife
Henry Slate
as Sandwich Man
Roger Price
as 1st E.R.L. Expert
Jerry Fujikawa
as 2nd E.R.L. Expert
Jim Begg
as Dydee Driver
Rich Sorenson
as Technician
Tom Jackman
as Army Engineer
Fred L. Whalen
as Sarasota Slim
Gil Stratton
as 1st NASA Scientist
Jana Milo
as 2nd NASA Scientist
Pete Renaday
as Bailiff
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for The Cat from Outer Space

Critic Reviews for The Cat from Outer Space

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (3)

The fun, as usual with Disney pix, comes in the believable sight gags provided along the way. Also as usual, it's a good cast of veterans and nothing to tax them beyond their abilities, all ably kept in pace by director Norman Tokar.

Full Review… | November 26, 2008
Top Critic

The Cat From Outer Space is likely to keep the under-14's amused, at least if supplemented by plenty of popcorn.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Cat from Outer Space

A cat from space needs help getting home? This is one of the many cat movies from Disney, but it' not the best, in fact it may be the worst. Some kids may find it fun, but it's way too silly and stupid, so I'm not sure about that.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


A straight-forward Disney movie made during the science fiction craze of "Star Wars". I guess they were still doing the effects for "The Black Hole" so quickly threw this one out to try and catch the kids in the hype.

It has a very plain story about the military securing a flying saucer, and a cat who needs help from humans to get back to his home planet. Hey! It sorta sounds like E.T.'s plot four years later.

There's an interesting game of pool where the cat helps them win with his hi-tech glowing collar.

I didn't care for the human characters much, as they were all goofy unlikeable adults. There weren't any kids to identify with in this movie; just the cute little kitty cat, which kind of reminded me of "That Darn Cat!" and Morris from the "9 Lives" cat food ads.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

So funny...

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

The Cat from Outer Space Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Cat from Outer Space on our Movie forum!