The Incredible Journey

The Incredible Journey
The Incredible Journey
  • G
  • 1h 20m
  • 1963
Fresh89%
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Experience an amazing adventure when three ordinary pets take on the majestic Canadian wilderness in one extraordinary journey! Finding themselves separated from their owners by 200 miles, the trio sets out on a perilous trek to find their family. Led by instinct, a young retriever, an old bull terrier and a self-sufficient Siamese cat face hunger, a dangerous bear, rushing rivers and much more along the way. These three unlikely friends soldier on, protecting and caring for one another in one of the most incredible journeys ever.

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EmanuelLevy.Com
Emanuel Levy
Rotten

June 21, 2017
eFilmCritic.com
Scott Weinberg
Fresh

Disney's classic tale of doggy / kitty teamwork.

June 21, 2017
Shadows on the Wall
Rich Cline
Fresh

A children's classic

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Classic Disney animal adventure about friendship, courage.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Incredible Journey is a heartwarming, 1963 Disney live-action movie -- based on Sheila Burnford's novel -- with positive messages around friendship and perseverance. It was later remade in 1993 as Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. The movie centers around a cat and two dogs as they travel across the Canadian wilderness in search of home. As opposed to the 1993 remake, the animals are non-speaking, but they do encounter humans along the way, and there is a touching narration throughout. There are some moments of peril that may trouble younger viewers -- with the trio facing the constant threat of starvation and other animals. Spoiler alert: In the movie's most distressing scene, Tao, a Siamese cat, is swept into a river and is presumed dead -- but he later emerges alive. Animals are shot at but never hit, apart from a duck hunting scene in which a duck is shot dead from the sky. Some aggression is seen between different animals including when a bear tries to attack Bodger, an English bull terrier, and a lynx chases Tao. Luath, a Labrador retriever, ends up with porcupine spikes in his face, causing him much distress. There is some smoking toward the end of the movie, befitting the time period.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family
  • Release Date:October 30, 1963
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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