Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog

 
Gripping tale of survival leaves a lasting impression.
  • Review Date: April 15, 2009
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1995
  • Running Time: 81 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Angus and his newfound canine friend Yellow help each other survive a perilous ship wreck. Angus's hard work and integrity provide a refreshing role model for teenage boys.

Violence & scariness

The only violence in this film is that of the stormy sea and the suffering that being stranded on an island causes.

Sexy stuff

There is 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
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film portrays a boy's realistic struggle to survive in the wilderness. All of the carpentry and wilderness survival skills that Angus practices in his daily life are inspirational.

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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?

QUALITY
 

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's 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about survival. What skills can you gain to help prepare you for life's adventures? Are there things that you would like to learn to help you feel strong and helpful? Did Angus make any choices that you might have made differently?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 11, 1995
DVD release date:March 11, 2003
Cast:Bruce Davison, Jesse Bradford, Mimi Rogers
Director:Phillip Borsos
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures
Run time:81 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:For Perilous Adventure

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Parent Written byMomandpsychologist September 10, 2012
age 12+
 

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 find each other and develop a deep connection. When they are lost together in the NWPacific wilderness after a boating accident, they go through many adventures which deepen their bond. The dog saves the boy's life and they come to depend on each other. After a while the boy is rescued and the two are separated. Eventually, though, the dog returns home to the boy and they are reunited. Happy ending, right? Ok, but there is one problem IF your kids are sensitive. Near the end of the movie, the boy is rescued by helicopter from a position where he is hanging over a deep gorge. He begs his rescuers to save his dog but they cannot get the dog. The dog, in fact, endures an agonizingly long fall to the bottom of the gorge, where he climbs, injured, onto a rock and whimpers, staring longingly and sorrowfully at the helicopter carrying the boy far away from him. This scene was too much for my kids. My 9 year old left the room crying and did not want to come back. My 11 year old, who can't stand to watch animals suffer, burst into tears. I also had tears in my eyes. While the boy is recovering from his injuries at home, he longs for his dog. In the last scene of the movie the boy spots the dog coming through the field toward home, injured and wounded. He runs to the dog and the two are together again. However, the reunion scene and "hug" are very brief, and neither long enough nor detailed enough to make up for the trauma of the separation scene. My two kids ended up concluding that this was a "horrible" movie, and I ended up wondering why the story had to contain such an awful scene. Good boy/dog movie overall, but if your children are sensitive, beware.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Adult Written byjoshua martinez July 18, 2010
age 8+
 
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 Angus who finds a dog name yellow and his father john where going on a vacation when suddenly a huge storm hits there ship and they are separated from shore now Angus and yellow must fight and survived to find there way home there is a good positive message in this movie it's all about friendship and teamwork.
What other families should know
Great messages
Adult Written by413804 February 4, 2012
age 9+
 

Dull

This is a pretty dull movie. If you want to watch a dog movie, I would recommend Marley and Me
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