- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 26 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 21, 2004
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Walt Disney Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
The classic children's novel by Wilson Rawls is given a second film adaptation with WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS. Billy Coleman is a boy who loves dogs, and more than anything else he wants a hunting dog of his own. After working hard, he saves up his money and buys a pair of them, "Little Ann" and "Old Dan." Billy trains the dogs himself, and encounters numerous adventures with the duo while exploring the valley where he and his family lives. WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS has taught stalwart American values like loyalty, bravery, and the value of hard work to generations of children through Rawls's novel. Lyman Dayton, who produced a previous adaptation of Rawls' work, and therefore has had a longtime understanding of the story, is the co-writer and director. The film also features the acting debut of best-selling recording artist Dave Matthews as Billy's father. WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS premiered at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York, and went on to win the Crystal Heart award at the Heartland Film Festival, which is dedicated to recognizing and honoring "filmmakers whose work explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life".
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment:
Where The Red Fern Grows
Disney presents Wilson Rawls' unforgettable classic story about a boy and his dogs, which has been loved for generations. Now all the adventure and simple wisdom of the cherished novel come alive in the all-new movie WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS. What 10-year-old Billy Coleman (Joseph Ashton) wants most in the world is a hunting dog. After two long years of hard work, he saves up enough money to buy a pair of redbone hound pups, and it¿s love at first sight! Before long, Billy trains "Old Dan" and "Little Ann" to be the finest hunting team in the valley. As the inseparable trio chase the wily "ghost raccoon" and confront danger together, Billy learns the meaning of loyalty, courage, and perseverance. Featuring songs by Wynonna and Alison Krauss, and starring Ned Beatty, Dabney Coleman, Kris Kristofferson, and recording sensation Dave Matthews in his film debut, WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS is a timeless tale of love and friendship that will entertain and inspire the entire family.