-->''C'mon, Geese!''

''Fly Away Home'' is a 1996 family film VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, directed by Carroll Ballard (''Film/TheBlackStallion'') and starring Creator/AnnaPaquin, Creator/JeffDaniels and Creator/DanaDelany.

After her mother dies in a car accident, Amy Alden (Paquin), a 13 year old girl, moves from New Zealand to Ontario to live with her father, Thomas Alden (Daniels), an eccentric inventor whom she barely remembers (her parents split up when she was young). Amy doesn't like the lonely surroundings, she doesn't know what to make of her father, and she misses home and her mother. Then one day, after a bulldozer has knocked down a tree on some property near their house (which Thomas is upset about), Amy discovers a nest of abandoned eggs on the ground. She takes the eggs to Thomas' barn, and they hatch into baby geese. Because of the process of "imprinting", the geese think Amy is their mother, [[PetBabyWildAnimal and she takes care of them as a mother would]]. However, soon it will be time to migrate south, so Thomas, an amateur pilot, builds small planes for himself and Amy so they can get the geese to fly and then be able to fly south for the winter. Along with the problems of flying, and getting the geese to fly, Thomas and Amy also have to deal with Glenn (Jeremy Ratchford), a park ranger who initially tries to pinion the geese to render them flightless ([[{{Understatement}} Amy doesn't respond well to this]]), and then wants to confiscate them when they start flying. Not only that, but Amy and Thomas' intended destination for the geese (a bird sanctuary in South Carolina) becomes a battleground between environmentalists and developers.

Though more than a few reviewers commented on the timing of the film ([[TooSoon it was delayed after Jessica Dubroff, a seven year old girl, was killed when she was at the controls of a small plane during a transcontinental flight, along with her father and flying instructor]]), the film was generally well-received and is considered one of the better and more underrated family films of the time.

!!This film contains examples of:
* BerserkButton: Amy's memorable response to Glenn trying to pinion the baby geese is to hit him over the head with a bowl of popcorn.
* BigShutUp: Susan does a memorable example of this trope to get the bulldozers to stop.
* [[ABoyAndHisX A Girl And Her Geese]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Thomas is more than a little eccentric (as is his brother David), but they're both talented, and serious, scientists.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Mostly averted; even the short scenes taking place in New Zealand and the (U.S.) Niagara Falls military base were shot on location. North Carolina is used to double for South Carolina, however.
* CanadaEh: Averted; though there are a couple of broad Canadian accents, the movie generally avoids the stereotypes associated with this trope.
* ComingOfAgeStory: For Amy.
* CooldownHug: Susan gives this to Amy after the incident in the shower (see NakedFirstImpression below).
-->'''Susan:''' Amy, listen to me. I know I can never replace your mother. No one can. But if you let me, I can be your friend. And the first rule of friends is they have to be able to trust each other, right? I promise you, nothing is going to happen to those geese. I won't let it and neither will your dad.
* CoolOldLady: The elderly woman with the hunter rifle.
* DeadpanSnarker: Amy has her moments
* DisappearedDad: Why Amy doesn't really get along with Thomas at first.
** Although it is implied by the dialogue that Amy and her mom left him (presumably because he was more focused on his art projects than them)
* DownerBeginning: The car crash that killed Amy's mom (and injured Amy) happens during the opening credits.
* GonnaNeedMoreTrope: After Thomas' first attempt at flying fails, David and Barry's first reaction is, "We need a bigger engine".
* GoshDangItToHeck: You can tell this is a PG-rated family film because both adults and kids react to seeing Amy and the geese flying by saying, "Oh my gosh!" Though there is one memorable exception; see PrecisionFStrike below.
* IdiotBall: Thomas forgot batteries to the navigational system. As a result, they weren't some miles west of Baltimore, they were ''in'' Baltimore. Cue dodging buildings.
* ImprobableWeapon: A popcorn bowl, funnily enough.
* [[MamaBear Mama Goose:]] [[IncrediblyLamePun (hee hee!)]] Amy, of course; especially after Igor gets his wing clipped.
* NakedFirstImpression: Thomas' friend Barry gets more than he bargained for when Thomas breaks down the bathroom door to find Amy screaming and just out of the shower.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Stated in the credits.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Dana Delany as Susan.
* PrecisionFStrike: Unlike everyone else in the film, a hunter's reaction to Amy and the geese flying over him is, "Holy shit!"
* PrettyBoy: Barry.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The baby geese are positively adorable.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: The geese need to get to the bird sanctuary by November 1st, or it reverts over to developers.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Air Force base commander. He's rightfully pissed off at Amy and Thomas landing illegally at the base (and nearly getting themselves shot), but accepts their apology.
-->'''Commander:''' "Well if you're 'very' sorry."
* TheRuntAtTheEnd: Igor, a goose with a limp which makes him run slower than the others, and who consequently can't fly as well.
* [[SavingTheOrphanage Saving The Bird Sanctuary]]: A bird sanctuary is threatened with demolition unless there are birds in it by November 1st.
* '''SceneryPorn''': Good grief, there are several stunning shots that make the audience want to pack up and head to Canada.
* SleevesAreForWimps: Barry models a lot of sleeveless shirts throughout the movie.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Glenn, the park ranger who tries to pinion the geese