The Incredible Journey (film)

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Not to be confused with The Incredible Human Journey.
The Incredible Journey
The Incredible Journey.jpg
Original theatrical poster
Directed by Fletcher Markle
Produced by James Algar
Walt Disney
Written by James Algar
Based on The Incredible Journey 
by Sheila Burnford
Starring Emile Genest
John Drainie
Tommy Tweed
Sandra Scott
Narrated by Rex Allen
Music by Oliver Wallace
Cinematography Kenneth Peach
Edited by Norman R. Palmer
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release dates November 20, 1963 (1963-11-20)
Running time 80 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Incredible Journey is a 1963 live-action Walt Disney film based on the novel, The Incredible Journey, by Sheila Burnford.[1] Narrated by Rex Allen, the film follows the adventure of three pets, Luath the Labrador Retriever, Bodger the Bull Terrier, and Tao the Siamese cat, as they journey 250 miles through the Canadian wilderness to return to their home.


The Hunter Family leaves their two dogs and cat with their friend John Longridge to watch while they are abroad. When Longridge leaves for a hunting trip, the animals also depart on their own journey in an attempt to get back to their real home. Longridge believes the animals are being cared for by a neighbor who is taking care of his house, while the neighbor thinks he has taken them along with him, so it is a while before anyone knows the pets are missing. The three animal friends travel 250 miles through the sparsely populated wilderness of northern Canada, helping and encouraging each other as they encounter hunger, rugged terrain and various dangerous situations before finally arriving back home.



In 1993 Disney made a new version of the film, entitled Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. Featuring the voices of Don Ameche, Sally Field, and Michael J. Fox, the film keeps the same basic story line, but adds a subplot in which the kids are dealing with a new step-family. All three pets are renamed, the sex of the cat changed and the ages of the original Labrador and Bull Terrier are switched. It also has vocalizations of the animals' thoughts and communications with each other.

Filming locations[edit]

Smith Rock, Terrebonne Oregon.

Devils Lake, Cascade Lakes Highway, Oregon.

South Sister, Oregon.


  1. ^ Wilson, Staci Layne (2007). Animal Movies Guide. Running Free Press. p. 15. 

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