When Miami dentist Ted Brooks learns that his birth mother has passed away and that he was named in her will, he travels to Alaska to claim his inheritance. Rather than the large chunk of change that many people would expect, Ted instead receives his mother's pack of rowdy sled dogs and her property. Although the dogs seemingly have it in for Ted, he decides to keep the dogs and race them in the local race, the Arctic Challenge, spiting a mountain man who wants the dogs. What follows is a comedy detailing Ted's adventures in learning to run the sled dogs.Written by
Trainers hooked the Siberian Huskies up to lines called gang lines, which were then attached to the sleds. Because the dogs were always teamed together, they were very comfortable with each other. All of the dogs were used to being hitched to sleds and pulling them in the snow. The snow on the ground was real, although the snow that fell from the sky was not. It came out of a machine and fans placed around the set helped to blow it around to achieve a blizzard effect. The snow drifts and hills that the teams of dogs are shown traversing were all man made and stunt riders and dogs rehearsed these scenes numerous times. Stunt doubles drive the sleds and teams of trainers guided the dogs to run in various directions by running in front of the sled. The dogs only ran a few feet at a time and ran even slower when the paths got curvy. The help of several cameras and various angles helped in the final race scene where the sled appears to go over the side of a cliff. Ted and Nana sit inside a VW car being pulled by a team of dogs. Nana jumps out the window of the makeshift sled while the other disobedient dogs romp in the snow. One dog even stands on top of the parked car. The dogs were hooked up to the car by the trainers, who stood off-camera during filming. The actor sat in the car with Nana the dog. The car was on a process trailer being towed by the camera truck. One trainer hid in the car while another stood off-camera. On a verbal cue, the dog jumps out of the window of the car and a trainer is there to reward the dog. A dog is placed on its mark on top of the parked car and trainers surrounded the car during this shot. The dog was then retrieved by the trainer and rewarded with a treat. See more »
When Barb visits Ted as he tries to mount a dogsled, the shots vary wildly in weather. In Barb's wide shot, it's a cloudy, snowy day, but in the reverse shot of Ted, the sun is shining on him. Then it returns to a cloudy snowy day when back on Barb. See more »
If you're ever in Miami, look me up. My number's on all the buses.
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No Particular Place To Go
Written and Performed by Chuck Berry
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Great family film
If you like dogs, if you like an adventure, you'll probably enjoy this film. Even a bit of a tear-jerker as Cuba Gooding goes to save his long-lost father! The love interest is attractive. The dogs are cute. Even the border-collie is great! My 4 yo loves the movie. We re-enact the "Demon, save me!" scene often. Demon is the name of the lead dog. Comical slapstick mishaps run throughout the film as Ted (Cuba) is constantly being chased by dogs, dragged through the snow, slides down hills, and suffers mild injuries. None of these are excessive, however, a few crude remarks, some adult dialogue and a suggestive image, are not appropriate for very young children. But reasonably acceptable for children age 6 and up.
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