Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Hounded (Disney Channel Original Movie)

“Hounded” is a Disney Channel Original Movie that premiered in 2001. The film is a comedy and family drama, directed by Neal Israel.

The story follows 13-year-old Jay Martin, portrayed by Tahj Mowry, who is an intelligent and kind-hearted teenager. Jay’s life takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally runs over a dog while driving his mother’s car. Feeling guilty and responsible for the dog, he takes the injured animal to a nearby veterinary clinic.

At the clinic, Jay meets the dog’s owner, a reclusive former baseball player named Madison, portrayed by Craig Kirkwood. Madison is devastated by the loss of his beloved pet, and Jay feels compelled to help him get his life back on track. He takes it upon himself to befriend Madison and assist him in finding a new purpose in life.

Jay goes to great lengths to help Madison by getting him involved in a local youth baseball team as a coach. In the process, he also learns valuable lessons about friendship, responsibility, and the importance of second chances.

Meanwhile, Jay’s neighbor and schoolmate, Mike, portrayed by Shia LaBeouf, becomes suspicious of Jay’s behavior and starts investigating the situation. Mike believes that Jay might be involved in something illegal and tries to uncover the truth.

As the story unfolds, Jay’s efforts to help Madison lead to various comedic and heartwarming moments. He manages to find a new home for the dog he accidentally hit and helps Madison reconnect with his passion for baseball and life.

“Hounded” is a feel-good family movie that explores themes of empathy, redemption, and the power of friendship. It showcases the talents of its young cast, especially Tahj Mowry and Shia LaBeouf, who would later become prominent actors in their careers. The film delivers a positive message about helping others and taking responsibility for one’s actions, making it an enjoyable and wholesome watch for audiences of all ages.

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  • Type of Movie: Live Action
  • Movie Platform: Disney Channel Original Movie
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  • Tahj Mowry: Jay Martin
  • Craig Kirkwood: Michael “Mike” Martin
  • Shia LaBeouf: Ronald “Ronny” Van Dusen
  • Sara Paxton: Tracy Richburg
  • Steven Bendik: Bill Lipka
  • Rachelle Carson: Eliza Van Dusen
  • Ed Begley, Jr.: Ward Van Dusen
  • Tony Larimer: Armand Columbus
  • Melinda Haynes: Mrs. Martin
  • Irene Santiago: Adele
  • Scott Wilkinsen: Colonel Douglas


  • Director: Neal Israel
  • Producer: Don Schain

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