The Jennie Project
The Jennie Project
Directed by Gary Nadeau
Produced by Charles Hirschhorn
Christopher Morgan
Written by Douglas Preston
Charles Leavitt
Gary Nadeau
Starring Lance Guest
Alex D. Linz
Sheila Kelley
Sheryl Lee Ralph
Abigail Mavity
Music by Phil Marshall
Distributed by Disney Channel
Release date(s) July 13, 2001
Running time 76 min.
Language English
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The Jennie Project is a Disney Channel Original Movie that was released in the summer of 2001. The film was based on the book Jennie by Douglas Preston. The movie is about a chimpanzee who knows and uses American Sign Language to communicate.


Hugo Archibald (Guest) is a doctor and brings home a wide variety of exotic animal species. The latest animal he brings home is a chimpanzee named Jennie. Jennie is unique in that she is learning to use and understand sign language. Jennie becomes an important part of Archibald family and Dr. Archibald's son, Andrew (Linz), develops a close relationship with her. Jennie loves the things Andrew does, such as baseball and comic books. Jennie is also there for Andrew when he and his father disagree. The relationship between Jennie and Andrew eventually brings the whole family closer together.


  • Alex D. Linz - Andrew Archibald
  • Sheila Kelley - Leah Archibald
  • Lance Guest - Hugo Archibald
  • Abigail Mavity - Sarah Archibald
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph - Dr. Pamela Prentiss
  • Joel McKinnon Miller - Frank
  • Fran Bennett - Judge
  • Earl Boen - Reverend Palliser
  • Kenneth Kimmins - Epstein
  • Janet Rotblatt - Mrs. Palliser


  • The movie was actually filmed in San Diego's Balboa Park in areas resembling jungle. Other locations included the Museum of Man (where Hugo Archibald works in the film) and the San Diego Zoo.
  • The chimpanzee, known in the film as "Jennie", was actually an animal borrowed for the film from the San Diego Zoo.
Preceded by
Jett Jackson: The Movie
Disney Channel Original Movies Succeeded by
Jumping Ship

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