Jennie Project, The (television) Disney Channel Original Movie; premiering on July 13, 2001. Dr. Hugo Archibald has brought home from Africa a chimpanzee named Jennie. Originally mischievous and destructive, but eventually accepted as a member of the family, Jennie, who is learning sign language, develops a close relationship with 11-year-old Andrew. But there are problems in having even a domesticated wild animal in a home situation, and the family has to figure out what to do with Jennie. Directed by Gary Nadeau. Stars Alex D. Linz (Andrew Archibald), Lance Guest (Hugo Archibald), Sheila Kelley (Lea Archibald), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Dr. Pamela Prentiss), Abigail Mavity (Sarah Archibald).