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Tear Jerker: Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
It is common knowledge that this movie has made two decades of children cry.
Chance's sad little "Oh no, not this" as they watch the family leave. He already knows what it's like because he's already been abandoned.
When Peter tells Shadow to stay at the ranch, and he has to sit there and watch as they leave. And he repeats, "...Peter...wait...stay..." *cries*
Then Kate carries Sassy into the house and calls for Chance and Shadow...and Shadow is just sitting there in the sunset, looking at the spot where Peter left.
Does anybody else cry like a hysterical child when Sassy falls in the river? The panic and desperation in her voice as she desperately tries to keep her head above water and how the dogs run to save her breaks my heart. Especially when Shadow is devastated when he fails. Their reunion is so touching.
And when the poor thing's been rescued by that kind soul that's drying her. She looks like she's been through the wringer, and she's so out of it all she does is mutter "Shadow. Chance. Shadow."
What about the little girl who was lost in the woods? All she could do is cry on how much she missed her parents. And her parents as well were in tears while searching for her.
Near the end, when Shadow has fallen in the muddy pit, is injured, and can't quite get out even with Chance and Sassy encouraging him. *sob*
Especially since Shadow was willing to give up because he feels he's too old. Just seeing him so broken after being so determined to reach Peter is just heartbreaking.
Also, he tells Chance and Sassy to leave him. Chance tries to get him to keep going like he did during the journey, and tells him that he loves him.
"I love you, Shadow". The End.
Chance: Look here, you pushed me this far, and I'm pushing you the rest of the way. Even back there in the woods when things were really bad, I always believed we'd make it through because I thought you were too stubborn to quit! And you're not going to quit, not now, not when we're this close! Now try again!
Shadow: Do you think it's easy for me to say I can't do it? I'm too old.
Chance: That's not true. There's nothing you can't do.
Shadow: You've learned all you need to know, Chance. Now all you need to learn is how to say goodbye.
Chance: But I want you with me. I love you, Shadow. (pause) I won't let you give up.
The last scene. Peter thinks that Shadow didn't make it, after Chance and Sassy come back. He turns, brokenhearted, to go back inside... and Shadow slowly limps up the hill, and then he sees his Boy... and runs to him.
The little boy turns away. "He was too old, he couldn't make it. He was too old." Shadow - old, worn-out, injured, limping Shadow - finally tops that last hill and just the emotion in his voice... "Peter." Cue wah-wahs.
"Peter, I worried about you so!" *SOB*
Homeward Bound: Lost in San Francisco
A simple one, but definitely effective for animal lovers. Shadow has just brought a boy out of a burning building and the boy knows that his pet kitten is still inside. (Luckily, Sassy saved it.)
Boy: Tiger's in there.
Riley's past is also pretty heartbreaking, since it explains why he's so bitter and angry towards humans.