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Homeward Bound
Based onThe Incredible Journey
by Sheila Burnford
Distributed byThe Walt Disney Company
Release date
CountryUnited States
Box office~≤$78,742,747
(Cumulative of 3 theatrical films)[lower-alpha 1]

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The Homeward Bound franchise,[1][2][3][4] [5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13] consists of American adventure family-comedy installments, based on The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford. The plot centers around unlikely trios of pets, who must work together as teams to find their way back through hundreds of miles to their respective homes. Each film uses a combination of voice acting with animal actors to portray for triple leads and emote their thoughts and spirit, alongside the actors for their family of owners.

The franchise includes the 1963 critically esteemed original feature film adaptation of the novel,[14] as well as the 1993 remake and its respective 1996 sequel. The remake was similarly a box office success and met with positive reception with critics,[15] while its sequel was conversly met with negative-to-mixed reception, though it fared better with audiences.[16][17]


The 1961 British adventure children's novel by Sottish author Sheila Burnford, served as the inspiration for The Walt Disney Company's Homeward Bound film series. The story follows three pets: a young Labrador Retriever named Luath, an old English Bull Terrier named Champion Boroughcastle Brigadier of Doune (nicknamed "Bodger" for short), and a loyal Siamese cat name Tao. Together the animals brave over 300 miles through the Northwestern Ontario Canadian wilderness, searching for their masters. The events along the way portray the stress and suffering they experience along the way, as well as the loyalty and love the animals have for their owners.

Burnford has stated that though the novel is associated with children's literature, she did not write it with this intention.[18] The author was inspired to write the story, based on the three family pets that she and her husband had while living in Canada; which each had a remarkably close relationship with each other.[19]


Film U.S.
release date
Director Screenwriter(s) Producer(s)
The Incredible Journey November 20, 1963 (1963-11-20) Fletcher Markle James Algar Walt Disney and James Algar
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey February 3, 1993 (1993-02-03) Duwayne Dunham Caroline Thompson
and Linda Woolverton
Jeffrey Chernov and Franklin R. Levy
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco March 8, 1996 (1996-03-08) David R. Ellis Chris Hauty
and Julie Hickson
Barry Jossen

The Incredible Journey (1963)[edit]

Professor James Hunter is the proud owner of an aging English Bull Terrior named Bodger. His children Peter and Elizabeth are the owners of a young and rambunctious Labrador Retriever named Luath and a Siamese Cat named Tao, respectively. While the Hunter family is away, they take their pets across the country to their close friend named John Longridge. Under his care, the trio of pets begin to miss their owners. When John goes for a camping trip, leaving the animals in the care of his maid, the pets' loneliness overwhelms them. The three animals decide to find their way home, braving dangers and the 250 miles between. Along the way, the trio work together to overcome hunger, wild animals, and avoid the risks of natural wildlife. Despite the long journey, the trio work together to achieve their goal and return to their owners.[20]

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)[edit]

A trio of animals - a young and adventurous American Bulldog named Chance, a wise and aged Golden Retriever named Shadow, and a reserved Chocolate Point Himalayan Cat named Sassy - are the beloved pets of the Seaver family. When the Seavers perpare to leave for a family vacation to San Francisco, California, they leave their three beloved pets at a family friend's ranch. As the animals grow restless, they begin to suspect that they have been abandoned and left for good. Together they decide to risk their lives, working together to brave the dangerous and exciting journey through the California wilderness to find their way home.[21]

Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996)[edit]

When the Seaver family plans a family trip to Canada, they decide that this time they're bringing their three beloved pets with them. As they arrive at the San Francisco International Airport, and begin checking in their bags as well as their animals, the pets begin to panic thinking that they are being taken to the pound. As a group they break out of their carrier kennels, and rush out into the town. Together Chance, Shadow, and Sassy brave the big city which is home to various stray animals, all while avoiding the local dogcatchers. As they make new friends, the trio decides that they're not fit for vagrant lifestyle and work to once again find their owners and return home.[22]

Main cast and characters[edit]

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Character Film
The Incredible Journey Homeward Bound:
The Incredible Journey
Homeward Bound II:
Lost in San Francisco
Principal cast
Bodger Muffy
the Bull Terrier
Luath Rink
the Labrador Retreiver
Tao Syn Cat
the Siamese cat
The Narrator Rex AllenV
Prof. James Hunter John Drainie
Nancy Hunter Sandra Scott
Peter Hunter Ronald Cohoon
Elizabeth Hunter Marion Finlayson
Chance Michael J. FoxV
American Bulldog
Shadow Don AmecheV
Golden Retriever
Ralph WaiteV
Golden Retriever
Sassy Sally FieldV
Chocolate Point Himalayan Persian
Jaimie Burnford Kevin Chevalia
Peter Burnford Benj Thall
Hope Burnford Veronica Lauren
Laura Burnford-Seaver Kim Greist
Bob Seaver Robert Hays
Supporting cast
John Longrige Émile Genest
Mrs. Oakes Beth Amos
Bert Oakes Eric Clavering
Kate Jean Smart
Frank Gary Taylor
Delilah Carla GuginoV
Riley SinbadV
Labrador Retriever-Mix
Sledge Tisha CampbellV
Shetland Collie-Mix
Stokey Michael BellV
Portuguese Podengo
Spike Ross MalingerV
Jack Russell Terrier
Lucky Lasorda Tommy LasordaV
Sparky Michaels Al MichaelsV
Rough Collie
Trixie Uecker Bob UeckerV
German Shepherd
Pete Adam GoldbergV
Ashcan Jon PolitoV

Additional crew and production details[edit]

Film Crew/Detail
Composer Cinematographer Editor(s) Production
Running time
The Incredible Journey Oliver Wallace Kenneth Peach Norman R. Palmer Walt Disney Productions,
Cangary Productions
Buena Vista Distribution 1hr 20mins
Homeward Bound:
The Incredible Journey
Bruce Broughton Reed Smoot Jonathan P. Shaw Walt Disney Pictures,
Touchwood Pacific Partners I
Buena Vista Pictures 1hr 24mins
Homeward Bound II:
Lost in San Francisco
Jack Conroy Peter E. Berger & Michael A. Stevenson Walt Disney Pictures,
City Dog Productions
1hr 29mins


Box office and financial performance[edit]

Film North American
Box office gross
Box office ranking Home video
sales gross
gross income
Budget Worldwide total
net income
North America
North America
The Incredible Journey Figures not publicly available N/A N/A $4,200,000 >$4,200,000 Figures not publicly available ~≤$4,200,000 [23]
Homeward Bound:
The Incredible Journey
$41,833,324 #2,107 #3,230 Figures not publicly available >$41,833,324 Figures not publicly available ~≤$41,833,324 [24]
Homeward Bound II:
Lost in San Francisco
$32,709,423 #2,639 #3,817 Figures not publicly available >$32,709,423 Figures not publicly available ~≤$32,709,423 [25]
Totals >$74,542,747 x̄ #1,582 x̄ #2,349 >$4,200,000 >$78,742,747 Figures not publicly available ~≤$78,742,747

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
The Incredible Journey 89% (9 reviews)[14] 87/100 (5 reviews)[26] N/A
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey 87% (30 reviews)[15] N/A A+[17]
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco 53% (17 reviews)[16] N/A B+[17]


  1. This is an approximate figure, based off of the publicly released information.


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