Before the Seavers leave for a family vacation to San Francisco, they drop off their pets -- Chance (Michael J. Fox), an adventurous American bulldog; Shadow (Don Ameche), a wise golden retriever; and Sassy (Sally Field), a cautious cat -- at a friend's ranch. But when the animals start to worry that they've been left for good, the three embark together on a treacherous and thrilling journey to find their way back home through the California wilderness. (1)
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Directed by Duwayne Dunham (Disney’s Double Team and Now You See It), and written by Caroline Thompson (Welcome to Marwen, Addams Family) and Linda Woolverton (Maleficent 1 & 2, Lion King, etc), Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993) is a charming, heartwarming, fun, and adventurous family film based on the 1963 novel by Sheila Burnford (Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Fransisco).
Throughout the years' countless talking-animal films have been made but Homeward Bound doesn’t need the infant-pleasing aspect of moving canine lips or the ridiculous gesturing of feline limbs to capture its audiences. The story follows three pets going on an adventure to return to their family and it will make you smile, laugh, and cry from beginning to end. This film also boasts some beautiful cinematography (Reed Smoot), an inspiring soundtrack (Bruce Broughton – Lost in Space, The Orville), and an impressive cast, all of which allow for the audience to get emotionally attached to the characters.
The human actors were good but it’s the voice acting of the animals that make this film. This is one of the last films that Don Ameche (Cocoon) starred in and he provided to be best suited for the voice of the Golden Retriever, Shadow. Michael J. Fox (Teen Wolf, Back to the Future) and Sally Field (Forrest Gump, Lincoln) were great as Chance, the American Bulldog, and Sassy, the Himalayan cat, respectively.
Overall, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993) is a classic and fun family that both kids and adults will love. The story will make you smile, laugh, and cry from beginning to end, and the voice acting of the animals will cause you to be emotionally attached to the characters. I recommend this film to anyone who enjoys charming animal films with a heartwarming story.
"There goes the bunny... There goes the pup... There goes breakfast."
- Shadow [Shadow watches Chance chase a rabbit]
Final Vote --- 7.8 of 10 stars
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