Item description for Benji - Off the Leash by Joe Camp, Nate Bynum & Lincoln Hoppe...
Mr hatchett is furious when his best breeder gets free & mates with a mongrel but his son colby befriends the cutest of the mixed-breed pups. To save a fellow loner colby hides the puppy in his homemade fort where benji soon becomes full-grown & frees his sick mother from the illegal breeding factory. Studio: Gaiam Americas Release Date: 10/04/2005 Run time: 99 minutes Rating: Pg
Outline Benji: Off the Leash features dozens of close-ups of adorable mutts, guaranteed to make any dog-lover's heart melt. Colby (Nick Whitaker), a clever young boy, rescues a scrappy pup from his cruel father (Chris Kendrick), who breeds purebreds with an eye towards profit but not the animals' well-being. The puppy grows into a scruffy but smart dog who, with the aid of another plucky stray, helps Colby and his mother improve their lives, and the life of a lonely elderly neighbor as well. Along for the ride are two bumbling, slapstick dogcatchers and a wisecracking parrot. Benji: Off the Leash bubbles over with sentimentality that some viewers will find heartening and others will find unbearable. But though the story meanders, the movie is never cynical--writer/director Joe Camp sincerely believes that if people were more like dogs, the world would be a better place. --Bret Fetzer
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Actors: Nick Whitaker, Chris Kendrick, Nate Bynum, Randall Newsome, Duane Stephens
Directors: Joe Camp
Producers: Jack Lewis, Jim Ritchie, Joe Camp III, Margaret Loesch, Phoebe Lewis
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD, NTSC
Region Code: 1 (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Good Times Video
Running Time: 99.00 minutes
Record Label Good Times Video
Format Closed-captioned / Color / DVD / NTSC
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.66" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Oct 4, 2005
Publisher EMI- CMG DISTRIBUTION #36
ISBN 0012301353 ISBN13 0018713818638 UPC 018713818638
Availability 0 units.
More About Joe Camp, Nate Bynum & Lincoln Hoppe
The National Best Selling author of The Soul of a Horse: Life Lessons from the Herd has seven new books about his continuing journey through the enigmatic world of horses. Joe Camp, film writer, producer, director, author, passionate speaker, and the man behind the canine superstar Benji believes that anything is possible if you work hard enough and have faith in yourself. He was told by industry "experts" not to bother with the original Benji film; that it wouldn't work. He proved the experts wrong and now, after five Benji movies, he's at it again with his latest career as an author. His recent highly praised and best selling book The Soul of a Horse: Life Lessons from the Herd published in 2008 by the Harmony Books imprint of Random House is in its ninth printing and is changing the lives of horses and people all across the planet. His next book The Soul of a Horse Blogged - The Journey Continues picks up where The Soul of a Horse left off with the adoption of a pregnant mustang and continues through he and wife Kathleen's move from the dry rocky hillside pasture of southern California to the wet grassy hillsides of their new middle Tennessee home. His new series of eBook Nuggets from The Soul of a Horse is packed with inspiring new stories and compelling new discoveries. Joe Camp showed us the heart and soul of a dog when he created Benji. Now, in these engaging, emotional, and often humorous stories, he deftly lures us into the heart and soul of a horse, unlocking the mystery of a majestic creature who has survived on earth, without assistance, for fifty-two million years. Camp has written, produced and directed seven theatrical motion pictures (including all of the Benji movies) cumulatively grossing well over the equivalent of $600 million in today's dollars, making him one of the most successful independent filmmakers of all time. Camp ignored the "experts" who said the original Benji movie would never work. He raised the money from private sources to produce the film, but when completed the movie was turned down by every major film distributor in Hollywood. Camp and his partner had to form their own distribution company and release the picture themselves worldwide from their offices in Dallas. In spite of the many obstacles, Variety reported that the film was the #3 grossing movie of the year.
Reviews - What do customers think about Benji - Off the Leash?
Stick to the Original Benji; This May Not Exactly Be a Family Film Nov 11, 2006
If you're looking for family picture, something cheerful and joyful that would make you smile and laugh, you should see some other Benji films, but not this one. Sure, the dogs are cute. But I think probably most dogs on this planet are cute, and that alone does not make a good family picture. You may think `Benji: Off the Leash!' is a film about Benji. Yes, it is, but it also includes several things that almost made me stop watching it.
A kind boy named Colby (Nick Whitaker) secretly keeps an abandoned dog who tries to rescue his ailing mother ill-treated by her cruel owner. If you think this is a good story (and it is, I agree), wait a minute. The dog is abandoned by Colby's own abusive and malicious father who tosses away the puppy in the opening. The same cold-blooded daddy treats badly Benji's mother too in order to get more puppies! (Oh, I forgot to say he is a dog breeder, and he needs money!) And beating someone is also suggested....
OK, I admit this film is made with good intention. It makes a good point about our society, where animal abuse is often deeply related to another type of abuse. But I thought this is a film about dogs, or adventures of these lovely dogs running around, and the film's DVD cover strongly suggests that kind of content. Of course, these serious issues could be in films made for kids, but here's another problem.
That is, the film's terrible script that is confusing and often pointless. There is another dog abandoned by an unknown driver. The film could have explored the friendship between them, but before it does, it strays into several silly slapsticks by two Animal Control officers (with such old gags as falling in the mud). The rambling story goes nowhere, and the social issues like animal abuse is clumsily treated. The lazy pace of the film with this kind of unnecessary comedies by stupid characters not only kills everything that could have been much better lessons for kid, but also conceals the real merits of watching this film, that is, watching cute dogs.
In short, we don't need this entry while we have the original Benji, and many other films from Disney, Pixar, and other studios, which the kids probably would find funnier and more educational.
Benji Off the Leash- will he pull it off?! Aug 29, 2006
This movie is a heartwarming "Benji" classic of a throw away puppy from a puppy mill that the dad doesn't want because it is a mix.It is sad at times,but there is plenty of hilarious parts where I laughed so hard I couldn't breathe.All the actors were great and the movie had a solid center.I would not reccomend for small children to watch as the dad throws the puppy across the room at the first.But this is a very good movie as "Benji" nearly always is!
*Beloved Benji... A class act... Then, now, and always* Apr 25, 2006
Benji & Joe Camp did it again!!! Joe has a way of melting Benji (and now newcomer Shaggy!) straight into our hearts... and makes sure to leave us wiser along the way. No one does animal movies like Joe Camp and Benji. Benji... I loved him then... I love him now... I will love him always.
Not for kids and not entertaining Feb 22, 2006
Not for kids and not entertaining.
Horrible and Not For Young Children Jan 8, 2006
My mom bought this movie along with the original Benji for my older son for Christmas. I wish I'd known what this was about because she could have saved her money. Let me just describe the films opening scene---it shows a man throwing a puppy across a room. Does that sound like something appropriate for little kids? After seeing that I immediately turned it off. My son was of course upset and wanted to know why he would hurt that dog. There are plenty of other good kids movies out there. Don't waste your time on this dud.