Theatrical Release: July 7, 1976
DVD Release: January 14, 2003


In this Disney film, Hank Cooper (Ed Asner), the owner of a losing professional football team, recruits Gus, a Yugoslavian soccer player, to his team. Even though Gus is a mule, he figures the animal can be taught to make field-goal kicks. Despite the outrage of his team, and sabotage efforts by Crankcase, Spinner and Gwymm (Tim Conway, Tom Bosley and Harold Gould), Gus the Mule kicks his team all the way to a championship.

Dove Review

This is a wholesome family film featuring some big names such as Don Knotts and Ed Asner, Tom Bosley and Harold Gould. Even Bob Crane shows up in the film, playing an egotistical sports announcer. Gus, a Yugoslavian mule, and his owner Andy make it over to the United States to help a professional football team. It’s been discovered that Gus can kick soccer balls for a hundred yards. He becomes the field goal kicker for his new team, and leads them to the Super Bowl. However, there are those who do not wish to see Gus and his team succeed, and many plots are hatched in order to prevent him from achieving a Super Bowl victory. The film has several funny moments, including a “Gus Day,” and a TV host saying, “This day is to honor the mule in all of us!” The ending of the film is, as the story itself, implausible, but is sure to delight many viewers. This is a good one with clean, family entertainment and we approve it for all ages.

Content Description

Sex: Kissing
Language: None
Violence: Some plots to mule-nap Gus; a few minor scuffles.
Drugs: The smoking of cigars; a toast with beer but none is consumed in the scene; the mule is made drunk; players drink briefly after a victory; sports announcer uses some prescription medicine.
Nudity: Woman wears a short skirt in one scene.
Other: A plot to manipulate a team's win-loss record.


Company: Buena Vista Home Video
Writer: Ted Key and Arthur Alsberg and Don Nelson
Producer: Ron Miller
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 96 min.
Industry Rating: G
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter