Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

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Common Sense says

age 6+

Adventurous animal tale will have kids riveted.

G 1993 84 minutes

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 38 reviews

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age 6+

Good, except for the Humor

Our 6 year old loved it, but unfortunately the snarky humor did not go over his head. The next day, he greeted his grandmother with "Hi, Butt-Face!" We had to have a long talk about why the cat was literally "sassy" to the dogs at first, and why it is insulting to others to use those sassy lines from the movie. There were also fat jokes and fat sight gags, which should never be acceptable. There was a lack of diversity, except for one Black character, a police officer who was portrayed eventually as empathetic. Overall it was a good pick for a first-time full feature for a sensitive boy: tense but not too scary, with positive messages about family and the love and loyalty between pets and their children. Just wish the humor had not been demeaning and hoping our boy doesn't repeat the lines at school.
age 3+

Great film for the family

So we did let our son know that the animals were pretending and would all be okay. Some of the story was hard for him to follow but he loved it. We love that there is no villain. Chance and Sassy are a bit mean to each other but they learn. The cat and water scene is the scariest bit so we did tell our son it would be okay and he did dream about it once (he is three). There is a cougar and a lost girl but those were quickly resolved without being too heavy for our sensitive son. Enjoyable with good characters. There is some gender stuff like the cat is the only girl and she says things about weight and getting dirty, but the other female characters are well rounded so it wouldn't come across as gender stereotyping to our so much as cat stereotyping.

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