The Call of the Wild was one of my favorite books when I was young. I read it for the first time when I was around nine or ten years old, around the same time I read Where the Red Fern Grows and Old Yeller. I had a thing for sad books about dogs, I guess. And a hearty sense of adventure.
When I got a little older, it ended up being a reading assignment in school. I can’t quite remember if we read the entire book or if we only read passages, but I remember the boys in the class thinking it was cool and the girls in the class wanting to read something else.
When I heard Disney was making a live-action version, I was excited to see it, and when I heard Harrison Ford was to star, I knew he’d be the perfect person to play John Thornton. If you haven’t read the book, I’ll not spoil the plot for you, and since I haven’t seen the film yet, I don’t know how closely they stuck to the book anyway. But suffice to say, I can’t imagine anyone better for the role.
THE CALL OF THE WILD delighted audiences upon opening February 21, earning an 89% Verified Audience Score on RottenTomatoes®. Adapted from the novel by Jack London, it vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Canadian Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s.
As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team–and later its leader–Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master. As a live-action/animation hybrid, THE CALL OF THE WILD visual effects and animation technology in order to bring the animals in the film to life.
THE CALL OF THE WILD is directed by Chris Sanders and stars Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford, Cara Gee, Michael Horse, Jean Louisa Kelly, Colin Woodell, Adam Fergus and Abraham Benrubi. Erwin Stoff, p.g.a. and James Mangold, p.g.a. are producing with Diana Pokorny, Ryan Stafford and screenwriter Michael Green serving as executive producers.
THE CALL OF THE WILD is now available to buy digitally and on Movies Anywhere in the U.S. for $14.99.
To celebrate, Disney has shared with me these incredible activity pages that I can offer up to you for free! They include some coloring pages, a few fun activity pages and an entire board game the whole family can enjoy! WHAT?
This 18-page printable is full of fun for your kids, and it’s a great way to integrate the book into your homeschooling journey if you feel the kids are old enough. Or, just watch the film and enjoy the activities as a family.
As a suggestion, and as you’ll see in the instructions, print the game board and playing cards on card stock instead of regular printer paper. It’ll help it to last longer. Alternatively, you can print it on regular paper and then laminate the pages and tape them together to create a very long-lasting board that won’t easily get torn or worn away.
Also, these sheets come with printable dice, but you can always use some from another game if you have some handy. Or the dollar store usually has some.
I hope you love these pages as much as we do. Thanks so much to Disney for providing these pages. Don’t forget to share them with anyone who may enjoy them, and don’t forget to buy your copy of The Call of the Wild on Movies Anywhere today!
Katie Reed is a passionate writer and mother of four vivacious boys from Salt Lake City, Utah. Drawing from her own journey through TTC, pregnancy, and the joys of raising children, she offers a wealth of insight into the world of motherhood. Beyond her heartfelt tales, Katie delights her readers with family-friendly recipes, engaging crafts, and a curated library of printables for both kids and adults. When she’s not penning her experiences, you’ll find her crafting memories with her husband and sons—Dexter, Daniel, Chester, and Wilder.