Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993 Movie)

“Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” is a heartwarming adventure film released in 1993. It is a remake of the 1963 film “The Incredible Journey,” based on the novel of the same name by Sheila Burnford. The movie was directed by Duwayne Dunham and produced by Walt Disney Pictures.

The film follows the journey of three beloved pets – two dogs and a cat – who are left behind by their family while they go on a vacation. Shadow, a wise and aging Golden Retriever, Chance, a young and energetic American Bulldog, and Sassy, a sassy and independent Himalayan cat, find themselves lost and separated from their owners.

Feeling abandoned and determined to reunite with their family, the three animals embark on an incredible journey across the rugged wilderness of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Along the way, they encounter various challenges and dangers, but they also form a deep bond and friendship as they rely on each other for survival.

The animals’ adventure is narrated through their own perspectives, giving the audience a glimpse into their thoughts and feelings. The emotional journey explores themes of loyalty, friendship, and the unbreakable bond between humans and animals.

Throughout the film, the pets encounter various wildlife, face natural hazards, and even come across some helpful humans who offer them assistance. Shadow’s wise guidance, Chance’s energetic and sometimes reckless behavior, and Sassy’s sassy remarks create a perfect blend of humor and heart in the story.

“Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” received positive reviews from critics and was a box office success. It touched the hearts of audiences of all ages with its touching story and endearing characters. The film’s heartwarming message of love and loyalty resonated with families and animal lovers alike.

The success of the movie led to a sequel, “Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco,” released in 1996, which continued the adventures of the beloved pets in a new setting. “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” remains a timeless and beloved classic in the Disney film library, reminding us of the special bond we share with our furry companions.

Fun Facts

  • “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” is a 1993 live-action film that tells the heartwarming story of two dogs, Shadow and Chance, and a cat named Sassy, who embark on an adventurous journey to reunite with their family.
  • The film is a remake of the 1963 film “The Incredible Journey,” which was based on the novel of the same name by Sheila Burnford. In the 1993 version, the animals’ thoughts and emotions are voiced through narration, providing a unique perspective on their journey.

Additional Details

  • Movie Studio:
  • Year Released: 1993
  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $41.8 million
  • IMDB Link


  • Michael J. Fox: the voice of Chance
  • Don Ameche: the voice of Shadow
  • Sally Field: the voice of Sassy
  • Robert Hays: Bob Seaver
  • Kim Greist: Laura Burnford-Seaver
  • Benj Thall: Peter Burnford
  • Veronica Lauren: Hope Burnford
  • Kevin Chevalia: Jamie Burnford
  • William Edward Phipps: Quentin
  • Ed Bernard: Desk Sergeant
  • Gary Taylor: Frank
  • Jean Smart: Kate
  • Bart the Bear: Bear
  • David MacIntyre: Foote
  • Caroll Spinney: Dog in Pound


  • Director: Duwayne Dunham
  • Producers: Jeffrey Chernov and Franklin R. Levy
  • Music:Bruce Broughton

Movie Trailer:

About the Author

Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.