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Whispers: An Elephant's Tale Details


Beverly Joubert and Derek Joubert, a husband-and-wife team who've won widespread acclaim (and a certain amount of controversy) for their beautiful but unflinchingly realistic wildlife documentaries (including Eternal Enemies and Wildlife Warriors), wrote and directed this feature-length drama that uses footage of animals in the wild to tell a story about elephants in their native environment. After the death of its mother, a baby elephant named Whispers (voice of Debi Derryberry) grabs the tail of Groove (voice of Angela Bassett), a pachyderm exiled from her tribe. Groove is hardly the nurturing type, but the child won't let go, and soon she bonds with the youngster as they make their way through the dangers of the jungle in search of the Great River, a fabled paradise for their kind. Anne Archer, Joanna Lumley, and Alice Ghostley are among the actors who provide the "voices" of the animals; the entire film was shot at the Chobe National Park in Botswana, South Africa, a nature preserve where the Jouberts live and work. Whispers: An Elephant's Tale was financed and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:March 10, 2000


Angela Bassett
as Groove
Joanna Lumley
as Half Tusk
Anne Archer
as Gentle Heart
Debi Derryberry
as Whispers
Alice Ghostley
as Tuskless
Betty White
as Round
Kathryn Cressida
as Princess
Joan Rivers
as Spike
John DiMaggio
as Fulla-Bull
John DiMaggio
as Tough Tusk
Jeannie Elias
as Stranger/Herd Elephant


Dereck Joubert
Holly Goldberg Sloan
Beverly Joubert
Screen Story
Trevor Rabin
Composer (Music Score)
James Pentecost
Associate Producer