Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color: Season 31, Episode 8

The Thanksgiving Promise (23 Nov. 1986)
"Disneyland" The Thanksgiving Promise (original title)

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A teenage boy is torn between his love for an injured Canadian goose that he has found and his agreement to fatten and kill it for an approaching Thanksgiving dinner for his neighbors.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hank Tilby
Lois Tilby
Coach Gruniger
Anne Haney ...
Mrs. Sudsup
Beau Dremann ...
Bill Calvert ...
Jason Tilby
Travis Tilby
Steve Tilby
Stewart Larson
Jason Naylor ...
Jessica Puscas ...
Jenni Tilby
Joshua Bryant ...
Sam the Vet
Zero Hubbard ...
Tina Caspary ...
1st Girl


A teenage boy is torn between his love for an injured Canadian goose that he has found and his agreement to fatten and kill it for an approaching Thanksgiving dinner for his neighbors.

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Aptly enough for a Thanksgiving story, the Bridges family get together in a unique three generational ensemble with parents Lloyd Bridges and Dorothy Dean Bridges, sons Beau Bridges and Jeff Bridges and Beau's son Jordan Bridges. See more »

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Heartfelt, enjoyable movie. Wish they would show it again on TV.
31 March 2004 | by (Redford, Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie on TV when it first came out (before I owned a VCR or I would have taped it). Beau Bridges' real life son, Jason, plays one of three teenage sons who is having some life/school problems. The title comes from the son being given money by a neighbor to raise a young Canada Goose the neighbor (played by Lloyd Bridges) found on the road. The teenager is to feed and be responsible for the goose, then when Thanksgiving comes, to kill it for the neighbor to have for Thanksgiving dinner. This is the boy's promise and this promise comes to bring second thoughts for him. It was a heartfelt and enjoyable movie about family, keeping promises/commitments, dealing with bullies and family dynamics. Beau, Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, and Beau's son, Jason are very convincing as family and friends who love and respect each other. Jeff Bridges plays a neighbor who helps the boy to earn money with washing his truck. The three actors who play the sons conveyed true brotherly love and support, which is nice to see in movies. I really enjoyed it and wish it was on every Thanksgiving. We need more good family movies like this.

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