Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog

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Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Gripping tale of survival; some peril, emotional intensity.
  • PG
  • 1995
  • 81 minutes
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Positive Messages

Lessons on survival in the wild and perseverance. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Angus applies all of the survival skills his father taught him to survive in the wild while awaiting the rescue parties. 

Violence

(WARNING: Some spoilers.) After peril resulting in a boat wreck that leaves them stranded in a heavily wooded and isolated countryside, Angus and Yellow fend for themselves against the elements. Angus breaks his arm during a fall down a hill. The pair encounter a wildcat. Some hunting violence: Angus kills, cooks, and eats a squirrel for food. Yellow the dog falls off a perilous tree trunk bridge. When the rescue team finds Angus and Yellow, they have no choice but to leave Yellow behind. 

Sex

There's a chaste kiss at the end of the film.

Language

Younger brother Silas says "crap." Angus says "damn" when he accidentally crashes the truck into a woodpile.

Consumerism

Quaker products are shown briefly in a shopping bag.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog is a 1995 family adventure drama in which a boy and his dog must fend for themselves in the wilderness after a shipwreck. Spoiler alert: For more sensitive viewers -- especially those who love dogs -- the scene in which the dog is left behind in the wilderness after the tween boy is rescued by the search party might be a bit much to take. There are also some moments of peril, including the boat wreck, an interaction between the boy and dog with a wildcat, and a scene in which the tween breaks his arm during a fall down a hill. The dog also falls off of a makeshift bridge but survives. "Crap" is used by a young boy. Overall, the movie imparts lessons on survival as the tween boy applies the lessons taught by his father earlier in the movie. 

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Parent Written byMomandpsychologist September 10, 2012

A major problem makes this otherwise good movie dicey for sensitive kids

ATTENTION: SPOILER ALERT!! I watched this movie with my two die-hard dog-loving kids, ages 9 and 11. The movie is good overall. It is about a boy and dog who... Continue reading
Adult Written byjoshua martinez July 18, 2010
Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog is a great family movie for your young kids there's nothing bad about this film the story is about a boy name A... Continue reading

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What's the story?

The McCormick family lives in the Canadian countryside near the coast, where John McCormick (Bruce Davison) runs a supply shipping business. His son Angus (Jesse Bradford) helps him with his work, accompanying him on runs to customers in different ports. Angus knows how to build a boat, he can take it on the water, and he knows how to behave in the wild. All of these skills are tested when John's ship is capsized in a storm and Angus is lost at sea. Luckily, Angus's dog Yellow is with him as they are washed to shore. Angus faces many obstacles, the least of which is fighting hunger and injury, while his parents attempt to rescue him.

Is it any good?

With sweeping views of the beautiful Canadian coast and intense wilderness scenes, this tender coming-of-age story is bound to impress viewers of all ages. Where the tale could verge into the melodramatic, the McCormick family exhibits stolid emotional strength in the face of adversity. Moreover, Angus is raised with strict boundaries, which serve him well. When he asks to keep the stray dog that he calls Yellow, his father says, "Angus, this is your dog and it is going to be your responsibility." The following scene shows Angus buying dog food and a dog tag with his hard-earned money. And Yellow proves to be a loyal friend who saves Angus' life more than once.

The strength of the McCormick family's commitment to doing things correctly could be seen as a moral tale for the times. There are no shortcuts in this film -- and patience and perseverance end up saving lives.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about survival. What skills can you gain to help prepare you for life's adventures? Are there things that you'd like to learn to help you feel strong and helpful? 

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