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Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

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



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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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12 February 1993 (USA)  »

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A Incrível Jornada  »

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$41,833,324 (USA)

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The original The Incredible Journey (1963) did not feature the animals having voices but instead relied on narration. See more »


When Chance is eating Sassy's cat food at Miss Kate's house, it sounds like he's eating it out of a metal dish instead of a plastic dish. See more »


Shadow: [Shadow watches Chance chase a rabbit] There goes the bunny... There goes the pup... There goes breakfast.
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Referenced in The Rugrats Movie (1998) See more »


Written by Ross Bagdasarian
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One of my most treasured childhood favourites.
2 January 2004 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews



--What can I say but I'm a sucker for cute animals, and this movie delivers. I adored the trio of Shadow the old and wise, Chance the loveable goof and Sassy the fussy puss. These animals were too cute for words and terrific actors in their own right, as well as being voiced by the equally terrific Don Ameche, Michael J Fox and Sally Field.

--As the animals in the film go cross country, over hills, plains, rivers, forests and more, the cinematography only becomes more breathtaking. I loved the huge scale shots of the giant, beautiful Oregon and California filming locations.

--This movie had a lot more dramatic injection than some Disney films coming out nowadays, I really cared for the characters and sympathised with them. I was horrified when Sassy was floating down the river, found it tragic seeing Shadow feel like he couldn't go on and I also felt that the story that took place with the family having lost their pets was realistically dealt with.

--Simply put, this film has sentimental value because I loved it so much as a kid, and I think it's bloody remarkable that I still love it as much now. I don't care what anyone says, I'll always treasure "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey" as one of my personal favourites.


--Some scenes with the family were horrifically cheesy. I just hate the part where they run around the school getting everyone in the family to collect the animals, and when they're in the car singing "Chitti chitti bang bang". The story with the animals is much more, dare I say it, humane.


8/10 - A beautiful, moving family motion picture that I loved as a child and still do now.


Babe (9/10) Cats & Dogs (7/10) Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (7/10) The Land Before Time (6/10) The Little Mermaid (9/10)

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