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On February 3, 1993, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey was released in theaters, and on August 13, 1993 on VHS, followed by re-releases in 1994 and 1997. The film is based on the novel The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford.


Synopsis

This thrilling and thoroughly captivating theatrical hit from Disney has become an instant favorite with audiences of all ages. You'll lose your heart to Chance, a fun-loving American bulldog pup; Sassy, a hilarious Himalayan cat who lives up to her name; and Shadow, a wise old golden retriever -- all of whom express themselves with very familiar human voices! The adventure begins when the loving owners of these irresistible pets are forced to leave them in the temporary care of a friend who lives hundreds of miles away. But after several days, the worried animals begin to think their family must be in trouble, so they decide to head for home. On their incredible journey across the ruggedly beautiful Sierras, they encounter unexpected surprises from man, beast, and nature alike. It's an unforgettable story of love, courage and devotion that will delight and inspire generations to come!

VHS Supplements

1993 VHS

Video Creation date
1 Green warning screens September 7, 1991
2 Walt Disney Home Video logo June 19, 1992
3 Sneak preview of The Nightmare Before Christmas August 13, 1993
4 Video preview for Aladdin August 13, 1993
5 Video preview for The Muppet Christmas Carol August 13, 1993
6 Feature Presentation 1992
7 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey February 3, 1993

1994 VHS

Video Creation date
1 Green warning screens September 7, 1991
2 Walt Disney Home Video logo June 19, 1992
3 Video preview for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs March 17, 1994
4 Video preview for Heidi June 1994
5 Feature Presentation 1993
6 Full Screen Format Disclaimer January 22, 1994
7 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey February 3, 1993

1996 VHS

Video Creation date
1 Green warning screens September 7, 1991
2 Walt Disney Home Video logo
  • October 4, 1986 (Version 1)
  • June 19, 1992 (Version 2)
3 Walt Disney Family Film Collection promo April 24, 1996
4 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection promo
  • September 6, 1995 (Version 1)
  • February 28, 1996 (Version 2)
5 Feature Presentation October 25, 1994
6 Full Screen Format Disclaimer January 22, 1994
7 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey February 3, 1993

1997 VHS

Video Creation date
1 Green warning screens September 7, 1991
2 Walt Disney Home Video logo June 19, 1992
3 Video preview for 101 Dalmatians (Live Action) April 15, 1997
4 Feature Presentation October 25, 1994
5 Full Screen Format Disclaimer January 22, 1994
6 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey February 3, 1993

On rare early copies have a Coming Soon version of a preview for 101 Dalmatians (Live-Action)

Advertised on:

  1. The Mighty Ducks (April 14, 1993)
  2. Aladdin (UK version)
  3. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (UK version)
  4. The Incredible Journey (June 24, 1994)

In Other Countries

Country of origin Format Release date
Japan VHS March 18, 1994
UK VHS September 1994
USA (Spanish dub) VHS January 11, 1995
Japan DVD May 29, 1998

Television broadcasts

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey premiered on the Disney Channel on April 2, 1994, followed by several more broadcasts through June 11, 1994. The film made its over-the-air network television premiere on ABC on October 1, 1994, and aired again on December 23, 1995, just a day after the theatrical trailer for its sequel, Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco, premiered in theaters.

It later returned to the Disney Channel for more frequent broadcasts there on July 21, 1996, and also aired on off-network syndication on November 29, 1996. It first aired on basic cable network TBS on May 13, 1998, then later moved to ABC Family on January 6, 2005, and on The Hub for one year since October 5, 2013. As of 2014, it currently airs on premium cable networks.

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