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Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

Three pets escape from a California ranch to find their owners in San Francisco.

Director:

Duwayne Dunham

Writers:

Sheila Burnford (novel), Caroline Thompson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Alder Don Alder ... Molly's Father
Ed Bernard Ed Bernard ... Desk Sergeant
Kevin Chevalia ... Jamie Seaver
Anne Christianson Anne Christianson ... Research Assistant
Ted D'Arms Ted D'Arms ... Vet
Woody Eney Woody Eney ... Forest Ranger 'Mark'
Kim Greist ... Laura Burnford-Seaver
Rich Hawkins Rich Hawkins ... Forest Ranger
Robert Hays ... Bob Seaver
Nurmi Husa Nurmi Husa ... The Caterer
Jane Jones Jane Jones ... Molly's Mother
Veronica Lauren ... Hope Burnford
David MacIntyre David MacIntyre ... Foote
Kit McDonough ... Female Forest Ranger
Mary Marsh Mary Marsh ... Laura's Mom
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Storyline

Three pets (Chance, a young dog unfamiliar with the world; Shadow, an aging, wise dog; and Sassy, a snobby cat) are left behind when their family goes on vacation. Unsure of what happened, the animals set out on a quest to find their family. This journey across America is very dangerous and the animals risk never seeing their masters again. The group of pets travel across forested mountains and areas of wide-open countryside, while their family searches for them in the same areas. Written by Anonymous

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In the classic tradition of Walt Disney Pictures comes a story about courage, adventure and friendship.


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G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,672, 7 February 1993

Gross USA:

$41,833,324

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,833,324
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When the dogs are fishing, a cougar spots the dogs from a distance and starts tracking them. Chance spots the cougar and tries to warn Shadow that the cougar is coming close, but Shadow has his head in the water and doesn't hear. Finally, Shadow lifts his head out of the water long enough for Chance to warn him. This scene was shot in cuts filming the dogs and cougar separately. A variety of A to B shots were filmed with the cougar in different locations. The dogs plan to rid themselves of the cougar by playing a trick on him using their old seesaw routine and Shadow as bait. They maneuver the cougar out on a ledge that juts out over a cliff. The entire area where they worked was all fake rock made out of hard Styrofoam. The plan is for Chance to jump on the other edge of the jutting area and catapult the cougar over the side of the cliff. Their trick is nearly ruined just as the cougar is about to pounce, when Chance is distracted and becomes fascinated momentarily by a butterfly that flies in front of him. For this scene silk butterflies were glued on the end of a fishing line and dangled in front of Chance's face. The dogs succeed and catapult the cougar quite a distance into the river below. This scene was shot in cuts with a very realistic looking fake cougar going over the cliff. When the cougar crossed down A to B, the dogs were not present and the cougar was filmed separately. The dog was filmed numerous times jumping onto a platform. All of this footage was edited together to make it look as though the cougar had been catapulted. See more »

Goofs

On the first night that the animals sleep in the forest, there are several shots of the moon at different phases on the same night. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chance: My name is Chance. I know, it sounds odd, but most names do if you think about it long enough... maybe even yours. I was abandoned when I was very young. I lived on the streets scrounging for food sleeping wherever I could; that seemed like fun at first, but pretty soon, it landed me behind bars. But I don't like to talk about that; let's talk about after that... when I got my second chance... and my name. You see, this family came along, and I guess you can say they rescued me, ...
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Alternate Versions

There is a scene in the TV version of Peter washing off Chance after he eats the cake and before he vomits. See more »

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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE THEME
Written by Lalo Schifrin
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One of my favourite animal movies ever!
8 May 2005 | by horsecrazy6791See all my reviews

I was very young when I first watched this movie, and I love it just as much today as I did then. The main idea of "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey" is three pets, Shadow, a wise old golden retriever, Chance, a goofy, fun-loving American bulldog puppy, and Sassy, a hilarious Himalayan cat who are left in the care of their owners' friend that lives hundreds of miles away on a farm. After several days, the pets begin to worry. Thinking that their owners must be in some kind of trouble, they set out on their adventure home.Along the way they encounter many unexpected surprises but their determination and love for their owners helps them in finding their way. For me, this was an unforgettable story of love, courage and devotion that will inspire everyone who watches it. A must see for animal lovers! I give it a 10!


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