BRIEF PLOT DESCRIPTION
Three pets are left at a friend’s ranch, awaiting the return of their family. However, Shadow, the elder of the three, is certain that something is wrong with his boy and is determined to get home. His two companions, Chance and Sassy, come along to share his journey.
GENERAL FILM INFORMATION
SOURCE MATERIAL: The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
SETTING: California Wilderness, USA
- Bend, Oregon; USA
- Joseph, Oregon; USA
- Portland, Oregon; USA
- San Francisco, California; USA
U.S. RELEASE DATE: February 3, 1993
RUNNING TIME: 85 minutes; 1 hour 25 minutes
TOTAL GROSS USA: $41,645,000
CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION
WRITER: Caroline Thompson, Linda Woolverton
DIRECTOR: Dewayne Dunham
PRODUCER: Jeffrey Chernov, Franklin R. Levy
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Donald W. Ernst, Kirk Wise
EDITOR: Jonathan P. Shaw
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Reed Smoot
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Roger Cain, Daniel Self, Nina Bradford
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: Bruce Broughton
SPECIAL EFFECTS BY: Makeup & Effects Laboratories Inc.
ANIMAL EFFECTS BY: Allan A. Apone
COSTUME DESIGNER: Karen Patch
MAKE-UP BY: Allan A. Apone, Carlo Roseto Fabrizi
HAIR STYLIST: Annette E. Fabrizi
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Touchwood Pacific Partners 1, Walt Disney Productions
DISTRIBUTOR: Buena Vista Pictures
ASPECT RATIO: 1:85:1
CAST – LISTED ALPHABETICALLY AFTER VOICE CAST :: CHARACTER NAME…ACTOR NAME
Chance…Michael J. Fox (voice)
Sassy…Sally Field (voice)
Shadow…Don Ameche (voice)
Molly’s Father…Don Alder
Desk Sergeant…Ed Bernard
Jamie Burnford…Kevin Chevalia
Research Assistant…Anne Christianson
Forest Ranger ‘Mark’…Woody Eney
Laura Seaver…Kim Greist
Forest Ranger…Rich Hawkins
Bob Seaver…Robert Hays
The Caterer…Nurmi Husa
Molly’s Mother…Jane Jones
Hope Burnford…Veronica Lauren
Female Forest Ranger…Kit McDonough
Laura’s Mother…Mary Marsh
Bob’s Mother…Janet Penner
Quentin William…Edward Phipps
Peter’s Teacher…Dorothy Roberts
Laura’s Dad…Frank Roberts
Kirkwood…Mark L. Taylor
Peter Burnford…Benj Thall
Jamie’s Teacher…Peggy West
Special Vocal Effects…Frank Welker (voice)
SOUNDTRACK :: SONG TITLE COMPOSER/LYRICIST PERFORMER
Witch Doctor…Ross Bagdasarian…The Seaver/Burnford Family
Theme from “Mission Impossible”…Lalo Schiffrin…Unknown
Spin Offs and Sequels
Sequel: Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996)
The Burnford family is named after the writer of the original novel The Incredible Journey, Sheila Burnford.
Shadow was faithful; Shadow was loyal…Shadow was a chump.
Cats rule and dogs drool.
I’ll get food by pretending I don’t want food.
I’ll prove it!
Oh, you don’t have to prove it, I believe you’re stupid.
–Sassy & Chance
It’s built in. Has been ever since the dawn of time when a few wild dogs took it upon themselves to watch over man; to bark when he’s in danger; play with him when he’s happy; nuzzle him when he’s lonely. That’s why they call us man’s best friend.
Chance, you’re a genius!
I am not!!!…..what’s a genius?
–Shadow & Chance
It was Shadow’s victory, really. His belief was the thing that got us through. And in that moment I saw the years lift from him. He was a puppy again, reunited with his best friend. As we turned to go inside the house, a strange new feeling came over me. I had a family. And I had found out that sacrifice and friendship and even love were more than just the mushy stuff. At last, for the first time in my life-I was home………..TURKEY!!!
Entertainment References (Link to IMDB)