In the novel, Buck is half St. Bernard (giving him size) and half Scotch collie (a medium-sized herding dog similar to a border collie or Australian shepherd, with perked or half-flopped ears). This film adaptation is the first to correctly portray Buck's mixed-breed heritage.
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The role of John Thornton, here played by Harrison Ford, was previously portrayed by Rutger Hauer in the 1997 TV adaptation of the story. Both actors famously appeared opposite each other as enemies in Blade Runner.
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The fully CGI model of Buck is a digital scan of a real dog, adopted during production from the Emporia, Kansas animal shelter by director Chris Sanders' wife, Jessica Steele-Sanders. Coincidentally, the dog's name was "Buckley." Buckley is the same kind of mixed breed as Buck is described in Jack London's book: a cross between a St. Bernard and a Scotch collie-type dog (a medium-sized herding dog, similar to a border collie or Australian shepherd). When Jessica Steele-Sanders adopted Buckley as a companion for the Sanders' other dog, Brody, the CG model for Buck at that time was loosely based on a Bernese mountain dog -- however, 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 changed to a digital scan of Buckley.
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Live-action directorial debut of Chris Sanders.
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20th Century Fox's first live-action/animated hybrid that isn't an Alvin and the Chipmunks or a Garfield film since Monkeybone (2001), 19 years prior.
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Chris Sanders's second directorial effort on a film composed by John Powell, after How to Train Your Dragon (2010), 10 years prior.
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As the Walt Disney Company purchased Fox's film & television entertainment assets in 2019, this is the first film to feature the rebranded logo of 20th Century Studios logo sans the Fox name. Going forward, Fox is dropped from any feature coming out of the previously Fox-owned companies.
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Jean Louisa Kelly played the teen in "Uncle Buck". In this film, the dog's name is Buck.
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