Where The Red Fern Grows 1 and 2 Double Feature DVD
- Director: Norman Toker
- Producer: Lyman D Dayton
- Languages: English
- Release Date: 4/8/09
- Run Time: 184 minutes
- Region Code: 1 See More
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Where the Red Fern Grows 1 and 2: Double Feature DVD
Where the Red Fern Grows 1 and 2: Double Feature is the perfect set for any fan of Where the Red Fern Grows. This double feature includes both family classics in one convenient set. Both of these films follow Billy Colman on his journey from a young man to an old man in the second film. His life in these films teach important values such as loyalty, bravery, a caring spirit, and kindness. This double feature DVD is one that anyone who loves the classic American story is sure to enjoy.
Where the Red Fern Grows 1 begins with a twelve year old Billy Colman. He absolutely loves dogs and desires to have one of his own, but unfortunately, his family cannot afford for him to have one. One day, his father informs him of a dog that they might be able to buy, and Billy runs to go see it. However, someone buys it out from under him just to spite him, and this breaks the young boy's heart.
Saddened by the fact that he cannot own a dog, Billy's grandfather tells him that he must earn the money to have a dog. Owning an animal is a lot of work, but has great reward in the end. With this information in mind, he starts working multiple jobs. He exhausts himself to earn the money for a dog, and eventually comes up with enough money to buy two. Billy orders the dogs, but they are delivered thirty miles from him. He sneaks out of the house one night in order to travel the thirty miles to get his dogs.
On the way home with his dogs, he encounters a cougar. This incident scares him, but he remembers that building a fire will make the cougar run away, and it eventually does. Walking home, he decides to name the two dogs Dan and Ann.
As soon as Billy arrives home, he starts training Dan and Ann to be hunting dogs. On their first hunt, they lose the scent and lead Billy astray, but he doesn't chastise them. Instead, he goes back to training them with even more fervor, determined to make them good hunting dogs.
His dogs become famous in his town for their hunting skills, and other people with hunting dogs begin to get jealous. Ruben Pritchard's dog, Old Blue, gets loose one day and begins fighting with Dan and Ann. Determined to save his dog, Ruben chases after the threesome with a hatchet, planning on injuring the two dogs fighting Old Blue. Billy becomes very distressed and trips Ruben in order to keep him from harming his beloved dogs. Unfortunately, Ruben falls on the hatchet and is killed.
This scars Billy as he realizes that Ruben's death was partially his fault. He swears off hunting forever. However, this is quickly broken when his grandfather convinces him to enter an upcoming coon-hunting championship. During the championship, Dan and Ann are doing better than the other competitor's dogs and it looks like they are going to win.
However, Billy's Grandpa trips and sprains his ankle. He is left behind, but Billy finally notices that he is missing. He calls the dogs off the coons, despite the fact that he will lose the championship and sends them to seek out his grandfather. They succeed and he is rescued, but Mr. Kyle is given the prize. Instead of keeping it for himself, he gives it to Billy saying that his sacrifice and bravery deserves a prize.
Billy continues to work with Dan and Ann, training them to be even better coon-hunters. He intends to enter them into next year's championship and win; fair and square. One day, he is out training them when they come across a cliff. There, on the edge of the cliff, is a mountain lion. It starts coming toward Billy, intending to injure him.
However, Dan and Ann fight the lion bravely before Billy can tell them not to. A fight ensues, ending with a dead mountain lion. Billy praises them for their bravery and defense of him, but quickly notices that something is wrong with Dan. He has sustained severe injuries from the fight and is unfit to walk home. Distraught, Billy tries to save him and carries him home. There, on the kitchen table, Dan dies of his injuries. The family has a funeral for him and buries him beside their house.
Over the course of the next few weeks, Ann becomes despondent and loses her will to live. Shortly after Dan's death, Ann lays down on his grave and dies. Billy is quite upset, having lost both his dogs. He buries Ann right next to her brother.
The Colman family decides to move to Tulsa to open up a store. On the day of their departure, Billy walks down to the dogs' graves and sees that a red fern has sprouted between their graves. It is said that red ferns only grow when an angel plants them and this satisfies Billy that his dogs are being well taken care of.
Where the Red Fern Grows 2 finds Billy much older, returning home from World War II. He has lost a leg in the war, which leaves him full of anger and bitterness. His grandfather earnestly tries to help him by buying him a set of dogs, knowing how animals can affect him. These dogs help him begin to heal and he is able to open himself up to more people and relationships because of them. This film continues the beloved story of Billy Colman from the first film and teaches viewers the important values of kindness and healing.
Where the Red Fern Grows 1 and 2: Double Feature DVD is not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. It is considered suitable for all audiences. However, it is always recommended that parents preview all content to determine what is suitable for their family.