This story is such a great tale of true grit, determination, hard work and the idea that all things are possible if you set your mind to it. The things the boy learned and experienced with his hounds and his own sense of loyalty to his family and his dogs are the kind of character building stories that every child and really every person needs. This is a story of love. Unconditional and true love. Kind of sad but teaches us all a love long lesson of love, friendship, and believing in oneself.
A dirt-poor family struggle to eat. Against his family's wishes (and desperate need for a mule to produce crops to feed themselves), the son works and saves to buy not one, but two high-pedigree hounds to hunt raccoons - behind his parent's back.He enters a coon hunt and grandfather is lost during a severe storm. The dogs find him and a man offers a large sum for them. In another amazing bout of selfishness, the son refuses to sell even one.Soon after the dogs die leaving the boy heartbroken and (again) penniless. An elderly narrator (the boy now a grown man), laments the loss of his precious hounds decades earlier. As an afterthought he admits things became so bad his family had to leave the country they loved.We sold our copy. There was little in it I would want my own sons to emulate. Disobedience, selfishness, carelessness, lying, and preferring humans over animals only when certain death becomes imminent.A sad movie about a boy losing his dogs does not a wholesome family movie make. If these are the "family values" you want your children to learn - be careful - you may just get what you ask for.Sidenote: The movie is quite dark and difficult to see at times, with poor audio. Acting is not the best. The plot of course is pitiful as pointed out above. Have not seen the second movie.