Feature and Short Films

The films listed below have mustelid “actors” that are the primarily focus, rather than just making a minor appearance. Although most of these films are fictional, some were inspired by real events.

Films by Species


► Asian Small-Clawed Otter (A. cinereus)
Lords of the Animals: The Legend of the Otter Man by Phoenix Learning Group, Inc. | 1996 |  26 minutes

A look at supposedly the last man in Vietnam able to train Asian small-clawed otters to fish for him.

► Eurasian Otter (L. lutra)
Tarka the Otter by Rank Film Distributors | 1979 | Approx 90 minutes

This film is based on the novel of the same name by Henry Williamson.

► North American River Otter (L. canadensis)
• Ring of Bright Water by Palomar Pictures International | 1969 | 107 minutes

This is a story about a Londoner and his pet otter named Mijbil or “Mij” for short, living on the Scottish coast. The story is fictional, but is adapted from the 1960 autobiographical book of the same name by Gavin Maxwell.

Mijbil is a smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) in the book, while in this film they used a North American river otter to play his role.


► Ferret (M. furo)
Jake and Jasper: A Ferret Tale by Jake and Jasper Films | 2011 | 26 minutes

A young boy struggling with the death of his mother finds solace with a ferret named Jasper.

Jasper was played by a ferret named Falcor.

Documentaries | Feature and Short Films

Mustelids in Media