I’d never heard of the film and on the face of it, it seemed harmless enough. Obviously dated (it was released in 1989 with a voice-over by Dudley Moore) it seemed to be out of the same stable as;
- Incredible Journey (which Audrey and Eli loved) – a cat and two dogs go on an adventure
- Storm Boy – an excellent film where boy befriends a Pelican (filmed in South Australia)
- Tarka the Otter
- Ring of Bright Water (also about an Otter – but don’t mention the ending)
- Mr Forbush and the Penguins (an obscure one starring John Hurt) which I loved but the kids haven’t experienced yet!
As the film progressed though there were some decidedly odd scenes. There was for instance a fight between the dog and a bear which seemed all too realistic (the bear bit the dog on the spine) and part of the film where the cat got its paw gnawed by the bear. Remembering all this was made in a time before CGI. After a few uncomfortable scenes I ‘googled’ the film about 20 minutes in while the kids stayed glued to the tele. It transpired that the film was originally shot and released in Japan (where it was a HUGE hit). Because of that it was picked up, re-edited and released in English.