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Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco



Definitely not as good as the first.
  • Review Date: February 26, 2008
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1996
  • Running Time: 89 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Jack and Ralph steal dogs to sell to labs that do experiments on them. Jack starts a fire when he throws his cigar onto some dry grass. Chance endangers the whole group when he runs off from the rest.

Violence & scariness

Some comic violence, including Jack hitting his head on his van, dogs fighting with each other, and Sassy dropping a flowerpot on a dog's head.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable

Iams dog food and several images of San Francisco (Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge) are prominently featured.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Jack smokes a cigar all the time.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while there's no real violence, there's enough mild peril to frighten sensitive children. For instance, Shadow, Sassy, and Chance almost get hit as a plane takes off and Jamie thinks Chance has been hit and killed by a semi. There are also several dog fights or scenes where dogs bare their teeth menacingly. The villains steal dogs to sell for experiments, and one of them smokes a cigar the whole time.

What's the story?

This sequel to the book-to-film favorite Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey also stars Chance the American bulldog, Sassy the Himalayan cat, and Shadow the Golden Retriever (voiced by Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, and Ralph Waite respectively). On this adventure all three pets are headed to Canada for a family camping trip. When Chance refuses to take his tranquilizer and then worries that he's being taken back to the "bad place," he escapes his pet carrier and Sassy and Shadow follow, determined to save their friend. Unfortunately, they find themselves not saved but lost -- in a San Francisco filled with cartoonish dognappers and bullying boxers and mastiffs. With the help of a pack of kind-hearted stray dogs, can they make it back to their owners safely?

Is it any good?


Good thing that pet stories are in a class by themselves, because on its own, this one's pretty bland. While the pace is slow and the dialog boring, the loveable cast of characters will carry some viewers through. There's the street-smart lady dog Delilah (A Night at the Museum's Carla Gugino), a dog who stutters when he scratches himself, and the tiny hound who, like Alfalfa, comically pines for his Delilah.

Kids may also learn from some of Chance's mistakes as he bumbles his way home, but overall this movie and its cute pets don't have much to say. Better to stick with the original or other great pet movies.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about better pet adventure movies, like the first Homeward Bound and 101 Dalmatians. What makes those movies family favorites? Do you wish your pets could talk? What actor's voice would you like them to have?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 19, 1996
DVD release date:April 23, 2002
Cast:Michael J. Fox, Ralph Waite, Sally Field
Director:David R. Ellis
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Friendship
Run time:89 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Teen, 14 years old Written byPluffy July 10, 2009
I love this movie better then the fist one!
Adult Written byrockmonster January 23, 2010


good movie... not quite as good as the first... but good overall... better plot than first but not as nice for children (involves "gangs") and includes a brief scene with skimpily clad women playing frisbee.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old November 4, 2015

Terrible movie telling lies. Needs "Terrible messages" as an option.

I saw the original when I was little (maybe 5 or 6) so I decided to return to the series. Terrible movie. First, I would have the animals stay in San Francisco if I wrote the script - it's much cooler than a bland house that looks smaller than mine! Second, the "heroes" were a bit rude... the cat wouldn't let one of the dogs out of a cage until he said something he didn't agree with! And the same dog constantly bullies a rival group of dogs. But third, the worst of all, it villainizes animal testing. You do realize everything has it's pros and cons, right? People are trying to cure cancer and aids via animal testing, and a lot of animal testing facilities are quite humane! As a supporter of (the humane form of) animal testing, the so-called "villains" seemed like heroes! And that stupid hound... the van could have been sold or given to a homeless person for shelter! That was property damage he caused by destroying the van! Overall, terrible movie villainizing something that might cure serious diseases. 1/5 for a great setting and cool fighting scenes. I'm counting "propaganda against positive sources" as consumerism, cause all it does to the "rescued" pets is turn them into Buddies - dogs that hug, kiss, lovingly stare at and are extremely bonded with their owners, that even say "I love you, owner" every day in barking. (I think) For more info go to: http://speakingofresearch.com/
What other families should know
Too much consumerism


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