Day 356: 388 Words About Homeward Bound

Oh look, here I am again tapping my readers for subjects. Finding things to write for 369 straight days is hard! I’m not running out of ideas, it’s just that your ideas are so much better! Kind of! Whatever. I’m just having a lazy week. So today’s prompt came from Nicole, who wanted 388 words about the film, Homeward Bound. And to challenge myself further, I refuse to look up anything about it. Because I like torturing myself for the sake of art. Onward!

I watched a lot of TV as a kid. I swear I did! Problem is, I just didn’t really pay attention half of the time. That’s why I’m in predicaments like this. There are some things I know for sure about “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey”:

– I watched it a million times

– The dog is named Chance and voiced by Michael J Fox

– The sequel takes place in San Francisco, but I’ve never seen the sequel. Every time I try to picture the movie, they’re riding a damn trolley, which didn’t happen.

– It came out in 1993. I know this because I’m just really talented at memorizing which year movies came out. It’s one of my lamer parlor tricks.

– Every other memory I think I have about the movie is actually about Milo and Otis, a superior [but morally complicated] film.

The two movies are so damn similar. It’s a world devoid of humans [or maybe there is humans in Homeward Bound? If only there was a website I could look this up on!]. A dog and a cat [and another dog, in the case of Homeward Bound] get lost in the wilderness and have to find their way home. But of course, cats and dogs don’t get along, so hijinks ensue.

It’s one of those kids films that’s supposed to teach us the value of accepting everyone, despite how different they may be. Which is a good message, but I don’t think it’s necessary to push animals down a waterfall for the sake of it. I’m sure that in the case of Homeward Bound, all the stunts were done safely. But in the case of Milo and Otis…well…it’s a complicated film.

The film also teaches us the important lesson that sometimes it’s all about the journey instead of the destination. If that weren’t the case, it’d probably be called “Journey To The Incredible Home”. And then the movie wouldn’t cut out the second they actually got home.

Wait, they made it home, right?

I truly don’t remember. Every time I try to imagine the ending, it’s just Milo fighting a bear, which is a different movie and also not an ending.

But assuming they do make it home, how in the fuck did the family trust them enough to not get lost in San Francisco? Truly baffling.

– TeeCoZee