Reviewed byRoedy GreenVote: 9/10/10
This is a locally made movie, so my expectations were low. It was agripping tale. First, the characters were all thoroughly likable, noneof the Hollywood cliché petty cruelties and insults. The landscapes arespectacular and menacing. The imaginative use of mixed sound and musicgives a heightened sense of reality. Even though I saw it on arelatively small screen, it has much of the emotional impact of IMAX.Of course yellow dog steals the show since she is so sincere. This isnot a cute film, but a rather scary tale of getting lost, survival andrescue.
Only in retrospect did I wonder how the climatic scene was done. Istill wonder if everyone, including yellow dog risked their necks toshoot it. The natural world dangers in the film were similar to dangersI have lived myself, so they seemed ever so much more frightening thanguns and bombs. It would be a bit too frightening for small children.
Even though I knew I was being strongly manipulated by the inevitablehappy ending, I could not help myself from bursting into tears.
Reviewed byMike HartVote: 7/10/10
Personally this has many memories for me, as I was friends with theeditors son when I lived in Vancouver in 1993 and was lucky enough tosee it being edited. I still have a cut from the reel somewhere. Itbrings back many memories, both from seeing the film 1st hand and alsofrom viewing the fantastic scenery of British Columbia which has greatchildhood memories.
Over all, it's a well shot film with some good long outdoor shots. Thestory is a little clichéd but what else can you expect from a familyfilm! The dog does an amazingly good job as do the actors. They wereonly in their early teens when it was shot so I've gotta hand it tothem for doing such a good job considering they were the maincharacters. There are some moments where they the supporting actorslack fluidity in their delivery and let's be honest, the concept isn'tground breaking.
If your looking for a good, well filmed family film look no further.One of the lost gems in film history.
Reviewed byMovieAddict2016Vote: 6/10/10
Far from Home - The Adventures of Yellow Dog
Despite a rather ridiculous title ("The Adventures of Yellow Dog"?), thiswinning tale of a 14-year-old boy's bond with a yellow lab will warm yourheart. Okay, I'm lying--but it will entertain the kiddies. It's achildren'sversion of "Cast Away" after Jesse Bradford is stranded in a Canadianwilderness with his pet dog, left with only a few items for survival.Really, it's not as bad as it sounds.
1995, PG (violence).
*** / *****
Teenage Angus adopts a stray dog and names him Yellow. Several days later, while traveling along the coast of British Columbia with Angus' father, John, the boy and dog become stranded when turbulent waters capsize their boat. Angus's parents relentlessly badger rescue teams. Angus, schooled by his father in wilderness survival skills, and assisted by the intelligent Yellow Dog, tries to attract rescuers.