Hey everyone, it’s time for another Throwback Thursday! This one is full of extra warm fuzzies! <3
So I was sitting here today, with my dog, thinking back to the time when I saw him for the very first time. He was literally a ball of fluff and love… and he ate my doormat. Classic German Shepherd Puppy. This also brought me back to thinking about the very first ‘dog’ movie that I had ever seen, and that was Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey.
When the Seaver family leaves vacation to San Francisco, they drop off their pets — Chance (Michael J. Fox), an adventurous American bulldog; Shadow (Don Ameche), a wise golden retriever; and Sassy (Sally Field), a cautious cat — at a friend’s ranch. When the animals start to worry that they’ve been left behind for good, the three embark together on a treacherous and thrilling journey to find their way back home through the California wilderness.
I’m sorry… Cat and Dog movie. I didn’t forget about you, Sassy! Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey was made in 1993 , and was a remake of the original film The Incredible Journey, which was released in 1963. The film was based on the best-selling novel by Sheila Burnford. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey was released on February 3, 1993. It grossed approximately $42 million worldwide and was followed in 1996 sequel Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco.
One thing that certainly made this animal movie iconic, was the fact that the animals could talk. However, compared to today’s animal movies, their mouths did not move. Personally, I loved this. It just makes it seem much more real to me.
One of the few unforgettable sequences from the movie had to be when Shadow and Chance were being tracked by the Mountain Lion, and tricked the predator into walking onto their booby trap, causing the Mountain Lion to catapult into the river below. Another extremely unforgettable and heartbreaking moment was when Shadow fell through the train tracks, into a gigantic mud hole, and despite every attempt to climb out, he couldn’t do it. This scene literally broke my heart as a child, and now that I have my own dog, I have to go and hug him whenever I remember or watch this scene.
However, the moment of sadness turned to that of pure joy when all three animals, including Shadow, came bounding over the hill. I think in that moment, every viewer either cheered or had tears of joy.
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey is still available today for purchase on DVD and can be found on various streaming services.
Check out the original trailer for the movie below:
Happy Throwback Thursday everyone! 🙂 🙂
Julia recently published her first novel, titled; Anomic. She is currently co-authoring a novel called ‘Snow Falls’. She has a B.A in Communications with concentrations in Professional Writing and Public Relations. She is also in the United States Army Reserves as a Military Police Officer, and is currently in the process of going back to school for her Masters Degree in Business. When she isn’t writing, she is co-owner of a film production studio called ‘Valentine Productions LLC’ and she frequently spends her weekends acting in films, or being a stuntwoman.