Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Plett Food & Film and Ikasi Media present:
The greatest adventure of them all
Sassy, Chance and Shadow star in Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, featuring the voices of Sally Field, Don Ameche and Michael J Fox. A trio of unlikely companions in an uncharted wilderness. Three against the wild, they face the unknown with instinct as their only guide, discovering new heights of adventure and unexplored depths of courage.
Venue: Ouland Royale
Date: Friday 05 October 2018
Time: 6pm for a sundowner, movie starts at 7pm
Tickets: From Plett Tourism for R200. Tickets include a complimentary Hair of the Dog, canapes and a doggy bag to take home. All proceed go to PAWS. Booking is essential and please bring a cushion for your comfort. (Running time: 1hr)
Take one cat and two dogs who converse among themselves in human voices, separate them from their humans, and send them off on a perilous quest through the Sierra Nevadas, and you have Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. This Disney hit is a remake of Walt Disney’s 1963 film The Incredible Journey. Released on February 12, 1993, this live-action comedy-adventure celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, so to fete the film and its two fidos, Shadow and Chance, and their feline friend, Sassy, Plett Food & Film screens this classic at Ouland Royale on Friday 5th October in aid of Paws and to honour all incredible beasties who are our pets and companions.
The story of Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey starts with the book by Sheila Burnford who based her novel about the unstoppable animal trio on her own pets. Her three animals were her constant companions in England during World War II, and the pets were themselves inseparable. “They were closer than any other dog and cat relationship I have ever seen,” she said of her English Bull Terrier and Siamese cat. “Sleeping in the same basket, hunting and playing together, they made a lawless pair.” Later, a young Labrador was added to the mix, and the pup guarded the older dog when the Bull Terrier’s eyesight began to fail. It was this remarkable animal-kingdom kinship that inspired the author to write The Incredible Journey. Less than a year after its publication in 1960, the book became an international bestseller. Walt Disney immediately saw that this extraordinary story would make a compelling film. Released in 1963, The Incredible Journey became an iconic Disney animal film.
In the remake, Homeward Bound, each of the animal actors portraying the three four-footed leads worked for up to seven weeks before shooting even began. Each responded to voice and sound commands, and each was rewarded for its performance not with movie-star perks, but with liver treats. The heart of Homeward Bound is of course the unusual bond between the three, which meant normal canine and feline conflict had to be dealt with. “There are certain restrictions to working with dogs and cats together,” said head dog trainer Gary “Sam” Vaughn. “By nature, they don’t get along. But our animals spent so much time together that they have become very close. These animals developed affections for each other and the actors that come through on screen.” Added veteran animal coordinator and trainer Joe Camp, “This is the first time where you have animals, not just performing a behavior, but actually interacting with each other, communicating with their partner.”
Homeward Bound has quite a Disney animation pedigree. Along with Donald W. Ernst, co-producer of Aladdin (1992), Kirk Wise, co-director of Beauty and the Beast (1991), served as executive producer. In that capacity, Wise supervised the writing and recording of the animals’ dialogue and was involved in casting the voice talents. Screenwriter Linda Woolverton came to Homeward Bound after penning the screenplay for Beauty and the Beast, while co-screenwriter Caroline Thompson also wrote Tim Burton’s, The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Ben, Rattler, and Tiki, the main animals portraying Shadow, Chance, and Sassy, receive star billing in the film, but, in reality, Chance and Shadow were each played by four dogs, while Sassy was played by 10 cats. The additional animals were brought in to perform specialty actions or simply to give the lead animal performers a break. Other animals in the Homeward Bound cast include a mountain lion, an owl, black bears, a porcupine, and a skunk.
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