Interest level: Grades 2-6
Similar titles: Homeward Bound II – Lost in San Francisco (1996), Milo and Otis (1989), Babe (1995).
Personal thoughts: This was one of my all-time favorite movies as a young tween, and I watched it consistently (sometimes daily) from about age nine through age twelve. I still love it and think it is wonderful for tween animal lovers. Since it was released in 1993, it is not full of the CGI that many movies for this age group starring animals contain. Chance, Shadow and Sassy are real animals. They communicate with human voices, but their mouths do not move. They have adventure after adventure that leads to a satisfying conclusion. I think this is a genuinely heartwarming and completely age appropriate film that I would absolutely recommend to tweens.
Themes: Pets, loyalty, adventure.
Awards/Reviews: Well-reviewed and successful at box office.
Series Information: Sequel Homeward Bound II – Lost in San Francisco (1996)
Chance – A rambunctious bulldog who is owned by Jamie, but considers himself independent. He often gets into trouble.
Shadow – An older and wiser golden retriever. He is owned by Peter and is concerned first and foremost about Peter’s safety.
Sassy – A prissy Himalayan cat who is owned by Hope. She often fights with the dogs, but loves them like brothers.
Annotation: What happens when three house pets travel through the wilderness to return home? Adventure, danger and a whole lot of fun!