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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2002
This is a Disney film based on Sheila Burford's book __The Incredible Journey__, about three household pets (specifically a bulldog named Chance, a Himalayan cat named Sassy, and a golden retriever named Shadow) who run away from a faraway ranch in order to find their way back to their home in San Francisco. Meanwhile, the owners (specifically 3 kids: a little brother named Jamie, a big brother named Peter, and a sister in the middle named Hope) call a search-and-rescue while at the same time trying to cope with a stepfather. As you may expect, this film eventually comes to a happy ending where everyone is reunited and all is well.
Now, I'm 15 years old and I have loved this film ever since I saw it in the theater at the age of 6. I had many reasons why I loved it at the time--I thought it was funny, I thought it was exciting, and the ending made me cry (hey, don't snicker, I was six years old back then). But now I have a reason why this film has stood the test of time against much flashier and less "cute" movies that I see nowadays, and that's simply because...well, because it's really a good movie!
Don't understand? Well, this film is so much more than just a movie with talking (sort of) animals that go on a journey in order to entertain little 6-year-olds. The pets aren't just animals; they exude the human personalities of their owners! Chance, owned by Jamie, is a mischievious pup who's always sticking his nose where it doesn't belong. Shadow, owned by Peter, is a wise old golden retriever who's always trying to keep Chance out of trouble. And Sassy, owned by Hope, is a fickle cat who always acts like she's sick of being stuck with her "brothers", if you know what I mean.
And then there's the fact that even though the pets start out acting like siblings who drive each other crazy, they wind up going through thick and thin and actually realizing that they really love each other. Also, this film also has a subplot that turns out happy too; Peter, Hope, and Jamie finally learn to love their stepfather and actually call him "Dad". When the pets are back home in the end (face it, you KNEW it was going to happen) and they see the happy faces of their ecstatic owners, and EVERYONE is actually LOVING each other like a REAL family, Chance thinks with pride, "For the first time in my life, I was HOME." Never before have I heard such a profound statement in a Disney movie.
Any idiot can entertain a 6-year-old by making him laugh, cry, and be excited. However, it takes the work of a genius to entertain a 6-year-old with a work that he will even love nine years later. See this film NOW!
P.S. Don't see the sequel--it's completely insipid, and the pets have totally lost their human personalities in it.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2004
Homeward Bound is the homely remake of the Incredible Journey, a tale of pet's going to extremes to find their family. Michael J. Fox lends his voice talents as Chance, the most recent pet addition to the family. Chance is also the narrator of the film, which adds to the overall good nature. The movie is humorous and an overall fun family film. However, the movie is about the struggle to maintain pet-owner love, so the movie is not all laughs and giggles. Good-natured yet emotionally endearing this movie will be liked by all.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Based on The Incredible Journey, a true story, Disney adapted a animal adventure story into this marvelous film of a trio of animals who set off to find their way home. There are voice-overs that allow us to hear the animals communicating with each other, although there are no animation tricks, as in Babe, that make us want to believe the animals are `talking.' Perfect family movie for people of all ages. There's pathos, danger, adventure, fear, hope - and eventually (this is a Disney movie, after all) reunion.
Don't miss it.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2001
yep, you heard me, 17. This is ANYTHING BUT just a movie for kids- only reason it's considered a kid's movie is cause it's from Disney & there's cats & dogs in it. This movie has some hillarious lines- my favorite being Chance saying "Go steal some parrige(or however its spelled) to the bears. And of course there's "Birdzilla Returns!"- lol. Yet there are some sad parts, like when Shadow falls into the ditch & says to Chance "You've learned everything you need to know, now you just need to know how to say goodbye". I will be very honest, that part and the ending left a lump in my throat. Yep, you heard me clearly- I AM A SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD BOY and this movie made me cry! I usually am not that emotional over movies. Anywayz, this movie has a GREAT message for teens believe it or not- It can show you to not make big deals over the little things & focus more on what's really important.
As for the sequal, Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Franciso, well it's good, but not nearly as good as this one. This is a must for anyone who needs a good laugh or a good message about life.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2004
I haven't seen Homeward Bound in almost a decade (I eventually lost the VHS tape our family bought a few months after it hit theaters), but I have so many fond memories of it as a teen. I absolutely adored this movie back then, and I still do now. Homeward Bound is wonderful for all audiences, and it isn't something parents would hate sitting through. I've been going through all the movies I loved when I was young, and nearly all of them are entertaining for everyone, and didn't try to dumb anything down for their target audience. It's a shame that there's been a somewhat recent shift in what's "suitable" even for a PG movie. PG movies are much more tame than they were from before 1996. In this day and age, it seems that all G and PG-rated movies are made for the 10 and under crowd, but back before 1996 so-called "children's" movies were enjoyable for everyone from the kids they was meant to entertain all the way up to the adults who plunked their kids down in front of them. Homeward Bound was one of the last great PG movies that everyone could love. It's exciting, adorable, and funny. These are some of my favorite "edgier" G and PG movies that don't insult children by being too tame: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990), Beetlejuice (1988), Return to Oz (1985), Labyrinth (1986), and The Last Unicorn (1982).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 1999
So you never thought that a movie about a cat and two dogs could be so fun and at the same time bring tears to your eyes - well guess again this does. The first time I saw it all alone. My eyes where all red but at the same time I could laugh so hard and load that I think the neighbours must have heard it. I wanted to show it to my friends and the same comment came again - " a cat and two dogs, cant we see something else?" Well lets say some have bought it and others had to go the kitchen at some point..and I dont think it was because they were thirsty. Michael J. Fox is the best for the voice of Chance and Sally Field is soo cool for the voice part of Sassy. I must atmid that I dont know who is the voice of Shodow but the triangle makes it all come true in Homeward Bound. Let me finish with sassy's line...CATS RULE AND DOGS RULE !!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 1999
i love this movie as much as my children. we saw it two times in the theater and countless times at home.michael j fox is the perfect choice for the voice of chance the pup. i also love don ameche as shadow the older dog and sally field as sassy the cat.the movie is a great combination of humor and adventure, plus the scenery is just beautiful. even though i've watched the movie over and over,i always find myself crying at the ending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2000
I love this movie! Sally Field, Don Ameche, and Michael J. Fox lend their voices eprfectly to these animals. A touching, yet humorous story about family, friendship, and adventure, all told through the eyes of 2 dogs and a cat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2004
Homewardbound is such a great movie and I'd watch it over and over! If you like animals you'll love this movie! But, if your not into "talking" dogs you might not want to buy this. Otherwise it's great for anyone else!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2001
Because it's indelibly etched upon my mind. I originally got this tape in a used goods store, and I was doubtful that I would like this film. After all, it was based on a book that I had read in school some 30 years ago, and on top of that, it was a remake. I find remakes are usually nowhere near as good as the originals, so I thought Disney was just trying to milk more money out of an old license. 'Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey' couldn't be that good.
I couldn't have been more wrong.
The used goods store that I got it at was run by a close friend of mine who gave this title to me for free, so I figured I had nothing to lose. I took it home and watched it. I was amazed. This movie has the most heart of any movie that I think I have ever seen, not to mention snappy (if not sappy) dialogue and some hair-raising moments when each animal faces a trial where you think that maybe, just maybe, they're not going to make it though.
I think that everyone's favorite is Don Ameche as the older dog, Shadow. During the movie Shadow goes from disliking the new pup (Chance), to teaching him how to be a 'good' dog, to finally depending on him. The cat, Sassy, is there to make Chance's journey miserable by trying to demonstrate her favorite saying - "Cats rule and dogs drool". The pair of them are a great comedy team. As for Chance, he starts out as a loser with no real loyalty to anyone. What does he care? He's been in the pound ('the BAD place') for most of his short life. but during this film he grows into a dog with more understanding of the relationship between him and his human.
There really is a lot more to be said about this movie, but I can guarantee that you will love it. I have watched it hundreds of times (no kidding!) and not once has the ending failed to bring tears to my eyes. And I'm a guy! As far as I'm concerned this is one of the very best movies ever made. Please don't miss it. Excellent.
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