The Indian in the Cupboard is a 1995 film based on the children's book The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks. The story is about a boy who receives a cupboard as a gift on his ninth birthday. He later discovers that putting toy figures in the cupboard, after locking and unlocking it, brings the toys to life. It starred Hal Scardino as Omri, Litefoot as Little Bear, Lindsay Crouse, Richard Jenkins, Rishi Bhat as Omri's friend Patrick, Steve Coogan and David Keith, as Boone the Cowboy. It was directed by famous Muppetteer Frank Oz. The movie was distributed by Columbia Pictures (US theater release and TV broadcast rights and US home video release) and Paramount Pictures (Non-US and UK theater release and Non-US video release). Special effects created the illusion of three-inch tall characters such as Little Bear, Boone, and Tommy the Medic. One scene had Boone being thrown from his horse and Boone falls to the floor but is captured in Omri's hands. Another has a teacher asking Patrick to show what he and Omri were quarreling about; Boone and Little Bear pose as inanimate toys on Patrick's hand so as not to give themselves away. A mock up of a giant sneaker was used during a fight scene involving Little Bear and Boone. One early scene shows Little Bear cautiously walking onto Omri's hand, and the boy marvels at how "real" the Indian looks. The Chief was played by 75-year-old Ojibway actor George Randall.