A Great, Great Adventure it is! Recommended highly for families everywhere!
Michael Brooks (Dean Cain) lives with his wife and two pre-teen children in San Francisco. He is a writer and he's just been told that there is no market for his new book. The family is going to lose their house and have to find another residence. Well, there is an aunt in the countryside (Beverly D'Angelo). Also in the family is a darling dog, Aussie, who is especially close to daughter Laney. One day, Michael visits an old friend in Chinatown and she gives him a stuffed bear present for Laney. Naturally, Laney adores the toy and sleeps with him close to her, the spot formally reserved for Aussie. Poor little canine! He becomes jealous and tries to get rid of the teddy bear. But, after hiding him in the trash, the toy is picked up by the garbage man. Laney, searching for her bear, can't find him and is very sad. So sad that Aussie, very sorry for his deed, begins a search to bring teddy back home. Through parks, abandoned houses, homeless venues and more, Aussie tries to find teddy. Will he succeed? This is a darling film, and, a great adventure indeed for families. The cast is great, even though Cain and D'Angelo may be the only well-known names. The Australian voicing the little dog is marvelous. But, it is the story that is most amazing, for it has many twists and turns, with humor sprinkled throughout. The direction, too, is full of life and the costumes, sets, and production values are nice. Also, it is fine example of a multi-cultural experience, since several ethnic groups are pictured. If you are looking high and low for a new film to show your loved ones, here it is! It is a wholesome, surefire winner that the entire family will cherish.
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