The fully CGI model of Buck is a digital scan of Buckley, a real dog that director Chris Sanders' wife, Jessica Steele-Sanders, adopted as a family pet from an Emporia, Kansas animal shelter during production. Buckley is thought to be a cross between a St. Bernard and a Scotch shepherd (a medium-sized herding dog, similar to a border collie or Australian shepherd), the same mixed breed as Buck in Jack London's book. At the time, Buck's CG design in the movie was based more on a Bernese mountain dog at the request of one of the producers -- but when the producers saw Buckley and learned that he was the same sort of mixed breed as the dog in the book, it was decided that Buck in the film would be a digital scan of Buckley. See more »
Early in the film, Buck was "holding" a ball. A second later, the ball was missing; then back again. See more »
This is a map of the Yukon. My son was always reading adventure stories, crazy about the news coming out of the Yukon. Wasn't the gold, he didn't care about that, it was the mountains. He spent all day looking at maps and pictures of the mountains, dreaming about was on the other side, places no one had been, wild places. We could go, you and me, see what's out there. What do you think?
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