A fun-loving American bulldog pup, a hilarious Himalayan cat, and a wise old golden retriever embark on a long trek through the rugged wilderness of the Sierra Nevada mountains in a quest to reach home and their beloved owners.
When adventurous pets Chance, Shadow and Sassy are accidentally separated from their vacationing owners, they're left to fend for themselves on the mean streets of San Francisco, in search for the "golden bridge" that will take them home.
Three pets (Chance, a young dog unfamiliar with the world; Shadow, an aging, wise dog; and Sassy, a snobby cat) are left behind when their family goes on vacation. Unsure of what happened, the animals set out on a quest to find their family. This journey across America is very dangerous and the animals risk never seeing their masters again. The group of pets travel across forested mountains and areas of wide-open countryside, while their family searches for them in the same areas.Written by
When the dogs are fishing, a cougar spots the dogs from a distance and starts tracking them. Chance spots the cougar and tries to warn Shadow that the cougar is coming close, but Shadow has his head in the water and doesn't hear. Finally, Shadow lifts his head out of the water long enough for Chance to warn him. This scene was shot in cuts filming the dogs and cougar separately. A variety of A to B shots were filmed with the cougar in different locations. The dogs plan to rid themselves of the cougar by playing a trick on him using their old seesaw routine and Shadow as bait. They maneuver the cougar out on a ledge that juts out over a cliff. The entire area where they worked was all fake rock made out of hard Styrofoam. The plan is for Chance to jump on the other edge of the jutting area and catapult the cougar over the side of the cliff. Their trick is nearly ruined just as the cougar is about to pounce, when Chance is distracted and becomes fascinated momentarily by a butterfly that flies in front of him. For this scene silk butterflies were glued on the end of a fishing line and dangled in front of Chance's face. The dogs succeed and catapult the cougar quite a distance into the river below. This scene was shot in cuts with a very realistic looking fake cougar going over the cliff. When the cougar crossed down A to B, the dogs were not present and the cougar was filmed separately. The dog was filmed numerous times jumping onto a platform. All of this footage was edited together to make it look as though the cougar had been catapulted. See more »
On the first night that the animals sleep in the forest, there are several shots of the moon at different phases on the same night. See more »
My name is Chance. I know, it sounds odd, but most names do if you think about it long enough... maybe even yours. I was abandoned when I was very young. I lived on the streets scrounging for food sleeping wherever I could; that seemed like fun at first, but pretty soon, it landed me behind bars. But I don't like to talk about that; let's talk about after that... when I got my second chance... and my name. You see, this family came along, and I guess you can say they rescued me, ...
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Some additional scenes not included on the video release but aired on TV include:
A scene in which Kate takes the animals for a ride in the truck.
This movie is definitely on the list of my top 10 favorites. The voices for the animals are wonderful. Sally Field and Michael J. Fox are both brilliant as the sassy feline and the young inexperienced pooch, but the real standout is Don Ameche as the old, faithful golden retriever. This movie is a great family movie because it can be appreciated and loved by children as well as adults. Humorous and suspenseful, and guaranteed to make every animal lover cry! (happy tears!)
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