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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids will learn worthwhile lessons about sticking together in the face of adversity.
Teaches the importance of family, teamwork, loyalty, courage, and perseverance.
Positive Role Models
The animals are brave and often resourceful; they care strongly about each other and their family and stick together even when things get hard.
Violence & Scariness
A fight, but no injuries are incurred. Family pets are lost, but eventually they find their way home.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey is an uplifting, heartwarming adventure that has strong messages about family and perseverance, as well as a few tense/scary moments when the animals are in peril. While kids under 5 will enjoy the animals, they probably won't follow the story. And older tweens may find it too juvenile, despite the abundance of attitude and irreverent humor. But those in the 5-8 age bracket will fall in love with the characters and get the humor -- this film is aimed at them. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Witty dialogue and well-cast voices make this movie a delight from start to finish. Fox and Ameche do a terrific job of giving voice to their canine characters; Ameche is particularly poignant as the older and much wiser Shadow. Field, hilarious as the snide and sharp-tongued Sassy, constantly berates Chance for his impetuous behavior and less-than-perfect manners. The animals themselves perform some riveting stunts.
As the threesome makes their way home, viewers of Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey are carried along through a landscape full of peril and beauty. Although there are some scary moments -- like when Shadow and Chance confront a bobcat, or when the elderly Shadow falls into a deep ditch on the last leg of their journey -- the banter keeps things light. The well-written script contains plenty of kid-friendly humor, but even adult viewers will enjoy Sassy's stinging putdowns and Shadow's deep-voiced wisdom.
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