Review: ‘Homeward Bound’

Leave it to the Disney marketing machine to dust off a venerable nature-adventure film like 1963's The Incredible Journey and wed it with Look Who's Talking, creating a sprightly little entertainment that applies animation principles to live-action by giving personalities to the movie's wayward dogs and cat through the clever use of the voices of Michael J. Fox, Sally Field and Don Ameche.

Leave it to the Disney marketing machine to dust off a venerable nature-adventure film like 1963’s The Incredible Journey and wed it with Look Who’s Talking, creating a sprightly little entertainment that applies animation principles to live-action by giving personalities to the movie’s wayward dogs and cat through the clever use of the voices of Michael J. Fox, Sally Field and Don Ameche.

Although the story [from Sheila Burnford’s book] also gets spruced up with some ’90s twists, the plot still centers on three pets, left with a family friend, who try to cross the wilderness and make it back home, encountering menaces from bears to porcupines on the way.

The aging Shadow (a golden retriever voiced with stately dignity by Ameche) leads the way, followed by the upstart mutt Chance (Fox) and snooty feline Sassy (Field). For the most part the writers – Linda Woolverton (of Beauty and the Beast) and Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands) – have done a splendid job capturing what animals seem to be thinking without making them cognizant of what humans are saying, except for the few words the pets recognize.

Duwayne Dunham, a veteran film editor making his [feature film] directing debut, keeps Journey’s pace brisk. Pic is dedicated to producer Franklin R. Levy, who died during production.

Homeward Bound

Production

Walt Disney. Dir Duwayne Dunham; Producer Franklin R. Levy, Jeffrey Chernov; Screenplay Caroline Thompson, Linda Woolverton; Camera Reed Smoot; Editor Jonathan P. Shaw; Music Bruce Broughton Art Dir Roger Cain

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1993. Running time: 84 MIN.

With

Robert Hays Kim Greist Jean Smart Benj Thall Veronica Lauren Kevin Chevalia
Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading