Thursday, November 17, 2016
Homeward Mountain Lion
Mountain Lion is the true main antagonist of Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. His vocal effects were provided by Frank Welker. In the film, 3 pets: 2 dogs and a cat are traveling in the woods to get back to their owners in the city. During the journey, Sassy the cat get separated from the two dogs Shadow and Chance and is presumed dead. Shadow and Chance are walking near a mountainside and Mountain Lion is stalking them from above. He smackers his lips and follows them. Mountain Lion gets closer to them and Chance spots him while Shadow was underwater looking for fish. Chance yells for Shadow to look but when he does, Mountain Lion disappears. Chance sees him again a little closer and Chance yells again for Shadow and when Shadow furiously looks, Mountain Lion lets out a shriek and the dogs run away. Mountain Lion does not chase them but slowly follows them and smells them. The dogs run into a dead end on a cliff above the river. Shadow sees a long rock atop a boulder which looks like a seesaw, with Chance unwittingly providing Shadow with a plan to get rid of Mountain Lion (Chance, believing he was going to die, was actually making final confessions to any bad behavior he did, specifically stealing the TV remote and burying it under the Seavor's seesaw set when Shadow came up with the plan). Shadow runs back to find him and starts barking to get his attention. Mountain Lion finds him and a chase if ensued. For an old dog, Shadow outruns Mountain Lion and brings him back to the dead end. Shadow stands by the seesaw and toys with the big cat and hopes to get him on the seesaw. Mountain Lion does so and Shadow signals Chance to jump on the other side of the seesaw. Chance gets distracted and the big cat, tired of waiting lets out a lour roar and Chance focuses and jumps. The seesaw catapults Mountain Lion over the cliff and into the river below. He survives but realizes he is outmatched and runs off scared and the dogs give out a victory bark, with Chance also yelling that "Dogs rule and Cats drool" (a reversal of Sassy's statement to him before then). What ever happened to Mountain Lion is unknown. Chance's nickname for Mountain Lion is a reference to the Austrian bodybuilder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is the main antagonist because he had bigger plans and was far more dangerous than anyone else.