This movie contains examples of the following tropes:
- Adaptation Displacement: Not many people are aware that this film is a remake of a 1963 film called The Incredible Journey.
- Also, the original film was based on a book.
- Awesome Music: This movie's got a nice (and often overlooked) soundtrack; this is arguably the best score.
- For many, the second half of this is guaranteed to have them in tears.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The Batdog scene near the beginning of the movie.
- Fridge Horror: Chance's aversion to the pound and specifically "the back room." Did he see pets taken in to be put to sleep?
- Harsher in Hindsight: Shadow's plight near the end becomes this when you know that his actor, Don Ameche, died in same year the film was released.
- Magic Franchise Word: "Cats rule and dogs drool."
- What an Idiot: "There goes the bunny. There goes the pup. There goes breakfast."
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
- Hilarious in Hindsight: The film was likely in production before Spin City began filming, so it's funny that Carla Gugino is the voice of Delilah, the love interest for Chance, voiced by Michael J. Fox.
- Jerkass: Riley's old humans. Rather than doing something sensible with this puppy like keep him anyway and hope things work out in the end, give him to another family, or even turning him in to a shelter, they just drive out and abandon him on the road where anything can happen to him. In these movies that empathize with dogs, that's the equivalent of abandoning an unwanted baby in a dumpster.
- Sequelitis: Averted, this movie is a decent sequel to the original.
- The Woobie: Riley. Yes, he's bitter toward all humans and cynical about the pets' family, but he has the Dark and Troubled Past to explain it — being "left...on the coldest, rainest night of the year."