Theatrical Release: June 15, 1991
DVD Release: June 7, 2005


An Oscar (R) nominee for the hit song “Benji’s Theme (I Feel Love),” writer-director Joe Camp’s original canine classic remains one of the best-loved family films after thirty years. This tail-wagging tale begins as Benji visits his pals Cindy and Paul, whose father, Paul Chapman, won’t let them give the mutt a home. But the shaggy stray changes his mind by saving the day when Mitch and his reluctant partners kidnap the kids. Benji’s uncanny ability to project emotions definitely makes him the Laurence Olivier of the animal world,” raved The New York Daily News; now he’s back for a new generation.

Dove Review

This is a charming story of a stray dog which has warmed the hearts of many people in a small town. As Benji wanders through the town he has many friends that he looks for, and all of them call him by a different name. But the one that fits him best is the one that Mary and the children, Cindy and Paul, has given to him, and that is “Benji”. Benji takes care of a lot of people but the one he really cares about is the small little dog in the park which he takes to his home in an abandoned house. Then one day some people show up and Benji knows that something about them is not right. When they kidnap Cindy and Paul, Benji sees them crying and knows that he must get help to save them.

This is a classic story for the entire family. Generation after generation of dog lovers will watch the cute little mutt, Benji, in this wholesome movie. We award the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this DVD for all ages.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Man with gun; children kidnapped, bound and gagged; man pushes child; man kicks little dog.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: Flashback of robbery; children and housekeeper keep Benji a secret from the doctor.


Company: Gaiam/Vivendi
Writer: Joe Camp
Director: Joe Camp
Genre: Children
Runtime: 87 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe