Charlotte is watching "Homeward Bound" for the 4th time today.

The Incredible Journey

I have every word of dialogue from this movie forever etched into my memory, through absolutely no fault of my own.

Charlotte is watching "Homeward Bound" for the 4th time today.

Again? Don't you ever want to watch anything besides "Homeward Bound"?

In a world full of uncertainty and turmoil, when it's easy to feel lost and overwhelmed, it just feels good to know that Sassy, Chance, and Shadow always find their way home"

Chrissy watches the rest of the movie with Charlotte, her heart full of sisterly tenderness.

The movie ends

Charlotte hits rewind...

...and then play.

Seriously? Again?





73 responses to “The Incredible Journey”

  1.  Avatar

    I mentioned my childhood obsession with Homeward Bound recently and the other person was equally enthusiastic about the movie, it made my day.

    1.  Avatar

      That was me, being anonymous and stuff.

      1. themiddlestsister Avatar

        I figured. Remember when Chance sniffed the porcupine? And got quills stuck in his face? And when Sassy got to eat a shrimp?

        1. Charlotte Belanger III Avatar

          Or when the family was going to pick them up from the pound and they just missed each other? And when Shadow fell into the muddy hole?!

          1. themiddlestsister Avatar

            Ugh, when they just miss each other! The tension!

  2. mrswriteword Avatar

    What are sisters for. I am the littlest sister of 3 sisterd and 2 brothers. I am so glad God gave me sisters. They are still a rock in my life.

  3. Rae Avatar

    I think I had that exact same TV growing up, with the ornate wood casing around it.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      I miss that TV. That ugly, enormous, tank of a TV. I shed a tear the day it got kicked to the curb.

    2. Connie B. Dowell Avatar
      Connie B. Dowell

      My roommate just a couple years ago had that same TV! It worked great even then; it probably still does.

  4. missemmalou Avatar

    I love that movie! I know that this may sound a bit sad, or maybe not, but reading your blog is one of the sweetest highlights of my week!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thank you, that makes me very happy!

  5. The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife Avatar

    So great. love your posts. one of my favorite 90s movies was Little Monsters. there were some redemptive qualities in that one as well.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thank you, I’m glad you like them!

  6. kianys Avatar

    I loved that movie! Well this one, dirty dancing and pretty woman. Loved, loved, loved them! I used to know all the lines to dirty dancing by heart, but I think they may have been replaced with rather useless information in the course of my law studies.

    Thanks for reminding me of the important things in life

    :) K.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      You gotta have your comfort movies :)

  7. Naomi Baltuck Avatar

    Very fun. Great post.

  8. J. Ploober Avatar

    Do you remember Milo and Otis?

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      That was one of my best friend’s favorites.

  9. Dounia Avatar

    I loved this movie when I was a kid! Your wonderful artwork portrayed Sassy, Chance and Shadow so well :) And I think we all had certain movies we just watched on repeat when we were kids…

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Yes, and Charlotte was the queen of rewatching movies. She found a movie she liked and she stuck with it for months at a time. “Homeward Bound” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” might be tied for movies she watched the most on repeat.

  10. Michael Cargill Avatar

    Top work there eldest sister (I think I got it right this time).

    Never seen that film though. I shall think of this blog if I do get round to seeing it though.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      I am begging you not to go out your way to see this movie. It is about two dogs and a cat who get separated from their family and their “incredible journey” back home. The animals talk in much the same way as the babies talk in “Look Who’s Talking.” They are voiced by Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, and Don Ameche and I just had to look up Don Ameche because I don’t know who he is. It’s a movie only children could possibly enjoy.

  11. Angie Z. Avatar

    Hilarious! Homeward Bound! I loved that movie :) Wasn’t it a remake of the Incredible Journey (though they lacked the high-tech 80s equipment to allow the ability to computerize voices into the animals mouths)? And I’m pretty sure the Incredible Journey was based* on a true story?

    I definitely remember that Michael J. Fox talked Chance, the young, spunky dog. But I thought Roseanne Barr talked Sassy the cat? Oh, damnit, I’m getting this mixed up with Look Who’s Talking Now.

    *Under no circumstance factual unless by “factual” you mean that there were once three animals who got lost.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      hahahaha! I guess “There were once three animals who got lost” is a much duller story.

  12. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer Avatar

    So charming! your blogs always make me feel better.


    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thank you! I’m glad :)

  13. lovedreamcelebrate Avatar

    I love your posts! I have been a follower since you were Freshly Pressed and I do such a poor job of commenting. Sorry! But your “illustrations” are remarkable and your stories always bring a smile.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thanks for reading :) I’m glad they can make you smile

  14. Geek 20/20 Avatar

    My younger brouther had the book (he was into his dog stories). This post reminded me of good times.

  15. insearchofwonderland Avatar

    I used to be OBSESSED with this movie as a kid. I still think about when Chance gets the porcupine needles to the face. Poor guy. That had to suck, LOL. Anyways this post brought back some pretty good memories. Thank you for that : ] .


    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      You’re welcome! Thanks for reading :)

  16. whatimeant2say Avatar

    Adorable! Another great blast from the past!

  17. Mandy Avatar

    LOVE me some Homeward Bound. What a great flick from childhood! Thanks for posting this, now if you will excuse me I need to go add this movie to my Netflix que.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      haha! I hope it holds up!

  18. riatarded Avatar

    Oh my Gosh! I love love love love this movie! :D

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      I had no idea it was so popular!

  19. Boggleton Drive Avatar

    Great movie. Best thing about it is that it’s before the time of CGI animal mouths.

    I have a similar relationship with “The Land Before Time”, if you remember that one…

    PS congrats on your blog doing so well. Yours deserves it!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      I definitely remember “The Land Before Time.” It’s a classic.

  20. Monica Avatar

    Everytime you post, it delights me. Keep it up!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thank you! That makes me happy :)

  21. Jayati Avatar

    the pink slippers in the second pic are so cute !!!
    it has even got whiskers …
    amazing :)

  22.  Avatar

    i still can’t watch the movie! so emotionally traumatised by watching it as a child. Ditto Watership Down….It is the one where the cat ends up half drowned going down the river on some kind of raft isn’t it?

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Yes, but she gets rescued and they reunite with their owners and live happily ever after. There is a lot of drama before that, though.

  23. Virginia Brown Avatar

    I am the oldest sister in our family, & there are FIVE BOYS between me & my ONLY sister, then ANOTHER BOY!!! :o) I eventually had my 2 girls sandwiched between my 2 boys! I am so blessed! I felt especially blessed to have 2 girls in a row!!! They are so close! Also, among my 13 grandkids only 3 of them are girls! Again, we are so blessed!!!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      There is a lot of comfort in a big family

  24. Bindu Avatar

    Reminds me of my daughter’s habit of watching the same set of movies everyday. I never really understood the attraction in those movies, but I too have my favourites which won’t bore me even after I watch it a 100 hundred times.
    Great work! It’s worth coming to your blog each time.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Yes, it’s amazing how they will watch and rewatch the same movies over and over.

  25. MegansBeadedDesigns Avatar

    Aww, I love this movie as a kid! Thanks for bringing up a fond memory that I probably wouldn’ have otherwise thought about. :-)

    Love your blog to pieces! ♥

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thank you. I’m glad I could help conjure up some warm memories :)

  26. masalachica Avatar

    Love this. I have never seen Homeward Bound. I don’t know if I should be sad or relieved :-)

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      :) It does have Michael J. Fox voicing a dog, so it is not without its good points.

  27. tylertexan Avatar

    That’s EXACTLY how I feel about “Never been kissed” with Drew Berrymore…

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      I think everyone has their movie :) Mine is “The Parent Trap,” starring Hayley Mills.

  28. The Rusty Fork Avatar
    The Rusty Fork

    This was incredibly cute. I have two girls, a little blond 6-year old and a little brunette 4-year old and your sisterly affection in front of the tv reminds of when the “littler one” wants to watch “Coudy with a Chance of Meatballs”…again. A-dor-a-ble. As adorable as the pink bunny slippers :)

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      I think it’s as adorable as it is annoying. You can’t say “no,” but you wish it would just stop.

  29. 7000wordsblog Avatar

    Your posts are so soothing. Just love the felt creations — almost makes me want to try them myself! But I have a feeling mine would look a little warped. :-)

  30. nocturnalwonderland Avatar

    Reblogged this on nocturnalwonderland.

  31. Linda Avatar

    Oh my gosh….. I sure am going to miss your blog when you sign a book deal. It
    Must be near. Your creativity amazing me so much.

  32. neelimanair Avatar

    i like your blog!

  33. marisaporter Avatar

    That’s so cute.

  34. domatamama Avatar

    Reblogged this on domatamama and commented:
    We spent a family vacation trying to get my son away from watching “Homeward Bound”. He would have gladly spent the entire week sitting in the condo watching it over and over again!

  35. thecurvyspine Avatar

    yea this one was one of my favorites as a kid…I am guilty of rewatching..Several times :-)

  36. lynnettedobberpuhl Avatar

    My childhood was before VCRs, but I read that book over and over. Cried every damn time, too. I read all my books over and over, probably because of movie and tv deprivation, which has warped me to this very day. You have a fun blog! Love your medium and approach! Also, I am #2 of 3, and my mom called me the middlest, too. didn’t save me from middle child syndrome, though.

    1. lynnettedobberpuhl Avatar

      whoops, just read the sister situation in your family (via Angie Z on Childhood Relived.) I apologize for the error.

      1. themiddlestsister Avatar

        That’s okay! It’s not spelled out anywhere on my site and I don’t mind the confusion. Thanks for stopping by! I’ve always read and reread my books until they fall apart. My husband makes fun of me for it :)

  37. Granny Avatar

    Incredibly clever, as usual! it is always a pleasure to drop by The Middlest Sister’s home in the blogosphere. This reminds me of a radio show I often listen to where the host asks one guest several questions relating to literature. My favorite question is this: What is one phrase or paragraph from a book you have never forgotten and why. The answer is always a revelation, even if you have not read the book. I have never seen Homeward Bound, yet your one quote holds so much meaning.

  38. […] The Incredible Journey pertains to a classic film; one I have never actually seen, yet the author manages to extract from it so much meaning. However, this meaning might be different for you. It reminded me of a radio show I enjoy much. In it, the host asks one guest several questions relating to literature. My favorite question is this: What is one phrase or paragraph from a book you have never forgotten and why. The answer is always a revelation, even if you have not read the book. [Read Full Article] […]

  39. tita buds Avatar

    Oh my lord, the dogs! Such detail. :)

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