Buffalo Dreams

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Buffalo Dreams (Disney Channel Original Movie)

“Buffalo Dreams” is a Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) that premiered in 2005. The film follows the story of a Native American teenager named Josh Townsend, played by Simon R. Baker, who lives on a reservation with his family. Josh is a talented skateboarder and has dreams of becoming a professional skateboarder, but he faces challenges in pursuing his passion due to his family’s traditional beliefs.

When Josh’s father, played by Graham Greene, encourages him to participate in a traditional buffalo ceremony, Josh feels conflicted between his love for skateboarding and his responsibilities to his family and heritage. During the ceremony, Josh has a vision of a white buffalo, which he interprets as a sign that he needs to follow his dreams while staying connected to his culture.

With the support of his father, Josh decides to leave the reservation and travel to Los Angeles to pursue his skateboarding dreams. In the city, he meets and befriends a group of skateboarders, including his skateboarding idol, played by Reiley McClendon. As Josh learns from his new friends, he also discovers the importance of staying true to himself and his Native American roots.

Throughout the film, Josh faces various obstacles, including conflicts with his new friends and a serious skateboarding competition. However, he learns valuable life lessons about perseverance, friendship, and the balance between tradition and modernity.

“Buffalo Dreams” is praised for its positive portrayal of Native American culture and its emphasis on respecting and embracing one’s heritage while pursuing personal passions. It highlights themes of self-discovery, cultural identity, and the power of dreams. The movie received positive feedback from viewers and critics alike for its heartwarming story and its celebration of diverse cultures.

By showcasing the struggles and triumphs of a young Native American protagonist, “Buffalo Dreams” promotes inclusivity and diversity, making it an impactful and memorable Disney Channel movie.

Fun Facts

  • One interesting fact is that the movie was filmed on location in New Mexico, showcasing beautiful landscapes and capturing the essence of Native American culture.

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  • Type of Movie: Live Action
  • Movie Platform: Disney Channel Original Movie
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  • Reiley McClendon: Josh Townsend
  • Simon R. Baker: Thomas Blackhorse
  • Graham Greene: John Blackhorse
  • Tessa Vonn: Scout Blackhorse
  • Max Van Ville: Moon
  • Chris Hunter: Kyle
  • Adrienne Bailon: Domino
  • Geraldine Keams: Abuela Rose
  • Christopher Robin Miller: Virgil
  • George Newbern: Dr. Nick Townsend
  • Seth Packard: Wylie
  • Jane Sibbett: Blaine Townsend
  • Justin Stern: Luke
  • Chris White: J.G.


  • Director: Marjorie Schwartz Nielsen
  • Producer: Linda Berman, John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer

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