Dog Bailey (voiced in the original by Josh Gad) has found his master Ethan (Dennis Quaid) and lives with him and his wife Hannah (Marg Helgenberger) on the large ranch. Gloria (Betty Gilpin) is also currently there with her little daughter, whose best friend Bailey has become. But when Bailey has to save the little one from a dangerous situation, Gloria puts an end to country life at her parents’ house. Together with daughter CJ we go back to the city, and Bailey’s dog soul also has to move a body. But before that, he promises Ethan that he will find little CJ again and protect her from all dangers.
After waking up in a new canine body, the former Bailey sets out to make his plan a reality. He is repeatedly faced with great challenges, changes bodies again, and only seems years after the moment on the ranch to meet a young woman whom he thinks he recognizes as his girlfriend CJ. Can Bailey keep his promise? And will CJ (or even her now-old dad Ethan) recognize the dog?
If you already liked the first film back then, you will be just as entertained in A Dog’s Journey. Cute characters, sweet little dogs, and a lot of heart make the film worth seeing for the whole family. It is suitable for children and offers sympathetic characters and stars who are absorbed in their roles. That fits, even if there is still room for improvement in terms of humor or tempo.