Josh Gad back to lend voice to Bailey in ‘A Dog’s Journey’

Josh Gad (Beauty and the Beast, Frozen) brings incredible wit, humor and depth to his role of Bailey in Universal Pictures’ new inspiring drama A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heartwarming global blockbuster A Dog’s Purpose.

In the film, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined.

Even though he embodies the voice and spirit of Bailey, Gad admits he wasn’t prepared for how he would react to the sequel’s screenplay. “I kept promising myself that there was no way I was going to allow myself to cry when I sat down to read the script for A Dog’s Journey,” he says. “Of course, immediately I was sobbing again. But what’s so incredible about the script and the movie—much like the first one—is although there are cathartic tears along the way, there’s also so much excitement. There’s so much adventure and laughter on this journey. I was blown away because I felt that the writers not only lived up to the first film, but in many ways set the bar even higher.”

When it came to filming the follow-up, Gad admits he naturally had trepidations. “There’s always hesitation when the opportunity arises to do a sequel, because you want to make sure that it’s for the right reasons,” he says. “Seeing the unbelievable amount of respect being paid to every single detail—from the filmmaking process to the script—has allowed me to lower my guard and realize that everybody wants to raise the bar; we all want to exceed what has already been established.”

Much like co-star Dennis Quaid, Gad is an avowed dog lover who lights up when he speaks about his rescue Dede, whom he calls a “mutt of craziness” and who serves as an integral part of his home. As the voice of Bailey, Gad appreciates the opportunity he has to help audiences move through feelings they have toward their pets…and their humanity.

“I can’t tell you how many times kids come up to me and say how unbelievably cathartic this movie was for them,” Gad says, “whether it’s losing a pet or losing a person in their lives. The greatest gift of being a part of this franchise is that these movies, while they are entertaining, are more than that. They offer, especially kids, an opportunity to deal with loss and to understand that the potential for a journey goes on long after our pets or loved ones leave this world.”

Director Gail Mancuso says, “Josh is so funny and adds such heart to Bailey. Not only is his performance comedic, it’s so heartfelt. He’s just perfect for it.”

Now showing in Philippine cinemas, A Dog’s Journey is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. #ADogsJourney  

About A Dog’s Journey

Some friendships transcend lifetimes. In A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heartwarming global hit A Dog’s Purpose, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined.

Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad) is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his “boy,” Ethan (Dennis Quaid) and Ethan’s wife Hannah (Marg Helgenberger). He even has a new playmate: Ethan and Hannah’s baby granddaughter, CJ. The problem is that CJ’s mom, Gloria (Betty Gilpin), decides to take CJ away. As Bailey’s soul prepares to leave this life for a new one, he makes a promise to Ethan to find CJ and protect her at any cost.

Thus begins Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives filled with love, friendship and devotion as he, CJ (Kathryn Prescott), and CJ’s best friend Trent (Henry Lau) experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter, and few really good belly rubs.

Directed by Emmy winner Gail Mancuso (TV’s Modern Family), A Dog’s Journey is produced by Gavin Polone (A Dog’s Purpose), and written by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon, and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky, based on the best-selling novel by Cameron.

Animal lover Dennis Quaid returns in ‘A Dog’s Journey’

Star of the 2017 box-office hit A Dog’s Purpose, seasoned actor Dennis Quaid reprises his character in Universal Pictures’ new inspiring drama A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heartwarming global blockbuster.

In the film, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined.

For Quaid, it was an easy decision to return to the character of Ethan Montgomery, whose life is forever changed by the reincarnating spirit of Bailey, whom he always calls “Boss Dog,” that Ethan first bonded with as a boy.

“There’s a reason why Dennis Quaid is beloved, and why his body of work has sustained over such a long period of time,” producer Gavin Polone says. It was also refreshing for the producer to see his star tackle a different style for the character this time around. Amidst the angst, there is much joy. “In the second movie, Ethan is a lot funnier and that’s due to Dennis. He knows where the jokes are, and audiences won’t be expecting that.”

Although the second chapter begins shortly after the last one ends, Quaid explains that we find Ethan at a very different point in his existence. “Ethan has now married the love of his life,” Quaid says. “He was a very lonely figure before, one who liked solitude and felt alienated from the world. He’s grown a lot and is much happier than he was before.”

Quaid appreciates that Ethan and Bailey’s story now extends beyond just the two of them, to a new generation of Ethan’s family. “Bailey’s present within the family circle now,” the actor says. “The bond is stronger.”

A self-admitted animal lover, whose dog Peaches is a close member of the Quaid family, Quaid has long understood just what these special animals bring to their humans. “I’ve always been a dog person,” Quaid says, “and each one I have had has meant a lot to me. They’re a member of the family, as well as a sponge that can take on your personality. When they go, it’s usually the first time that children learn about death in their life. That’s what’s so beautiful about these movies, with Bailey’s reincarnation and coming back as this same spirit.”

In Philippine cinemas May 15, A Dog’s Journey is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  #ADogsJourney

About A Dog’s Journey

Some friendships transcend lifetimes. In A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heartwarming global hit A Dog’s Purpose, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined.

Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad) is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his “boy,” Ethan (Dennis Quaid) and Ethan’s wife Hannah (Marg Helgenberger). He even has a new playmate: Ethan and Hannah’s baby granddaughter, CJ. The problem is that CJ’s mom, Gloria (Betty Gilpin), decides to take CJ away. As Bailey’s soul prepares to leave this life for a new one, he makes a promise to Ethan to find CJ and protect her at any cost.

Thus begins Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives filled with love, friendship and devotion as he, CJ (Kathryn Prescott), and CJ’s best friend Trent (Henry Lau) experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter, and few really good belly rubs.

Directed by Emmy winner Gail Mancuso (TV’s Modern Family), A Dog’s Journey is produced by Gavin Polone (A Dog’s Purpose), and written by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon, and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky, based on the best-selling novel by Cameron.

Bailey finds new destiny in sequel ‘A Dog’s Journey’

In Universal Pictures’ new inspiring drama A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heartwarming global hit A Dog’s Purpose, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined.

“The first movie was about our dog going from person to person to get back to Ethan,” states producer Gavin Polone. “But with this movie, our dog is on a mission to protect one person: a girl who becomes a woman. Of course, the dynamics of issues with young girls and their mothers is a different perspective.”

Because of that, the idea of recruiting a female filmmaker—in particular one who had a great deal of experience with comedy—became Polone’s focus. “I had worked with Gail Mancuso on Gilmore Girls, and there are things tonally and comedically that are reminiscent of that show with this movie,” he says.

“I loved the first movie and when the opportunity arose for me to direct this one it was a blessing,” says Mancuso. “I have five dogs myself and truly love animals.”

The director feels that A Dog’s Journey author W. Bruce Cameron’s approach to storytelling is refreshing in its honesty. “Bruce is such a talented writer, and he definitely strikes a harmonious chord between the dog’s point of view and the human one,” Mancuso says. “Mixing that together so elegantly is such a talent.”

As a fan of the first film, the director wanted to continue to respect the audience’s connection to Bailey—and by proxy their own pets—in the new chapter. “In our movie, it’s not as if the dog’s mouth moves or he speaks; you hear the thoughts. If you are a dog lover, you tend to talk to your dogs and like to answer back for them. Some dogs are so human that you hope their thoughts are in congress to what you’re thinking.”

Even though Bailey makes it his mission to honor the wishes of his boy, as he grows attached to the latter’s granddaughter CJ, he further expands his understanding of what it is to be human. That spoke to the filmmaker. “This story is a bit more female-centric than the first movie,” says Mancuso. “I was drawn to it because of CJ’s character. As we follow one human all the way through—as well as the dogs that accompany her on her journey—that is a thread that keeps the movie together. I’m a mother and felt that I could bring a lot to the movie in terms of raising kids and being a woman.”

In Philippine cinemas May 15, A Dog’s Journey is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. #ADogsJourney

About A Dog’s Journey

Some friendships transcend lifetimes. In A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heartwarming global hit A Dog’s Purpose, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined.

Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad) is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his “boy,” Ethan (Dennis Quaid) and Ethan’s wife Hannah (Marg Helgenberger). He even has a new playmate: Ethan and Hannah’s baby granddaughter, CJ. The problem is that CJ’s mom, Gloria (Betty Gilpin), decides to take CJ away. As Bailey’s soul prepares to leave this life for a new one, he makes a promise to Ethan to find CJ and protect her at any cost.

Thus begins Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives filled with love, friendship and devotion as he, CJ (Kathryn Prescott), and CJ’s best friend Trent (Henry Lau) experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter, and few really good belly rubs.

Directed by Emmy winner Gail Mancuso (TV’s Modern Family), A Dog’s Journey is produced by Gavin Polone (A Dog’s Purpose), and written by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon, and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky, based on the best-selling novel by Cameron.


Bailey shares tender moments in new posters of ‘A Dog’s Journey’

Universal Pictures has revealed two new adorable posters for its heartwarming drama A Dog’s Journey, the highly awaited sequel to 2017’s A Dog’s Purpose.  The cast is led by returning stars Dennis Quaid, Marg Helgenberger and Josh Gad as the voice of Bailey.

With the tagline, “Some friendships transcend lifetimes,” the posters show the dog Bailey sharing a tender moment with Quaid’s character, Ethan, and his granddaughter, CJ.

Check out the film’s new one-sheets below and watch A Dog’s Journey in Philippine cinemas May 15.

A Dog’s Journey is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. #ADogsJourney

About A Dog’s Journey

Some friendships transcend lifetimes. In A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heartwarming global hit A Dog’s Purpose, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined.

Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad) is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his “boy,” Ethan (Dennis Quaid) and Ethan’s wife Hannah (Marg Helgenberger). He even has a new playmate: Ethan and Hannah’s baby granddaughter, CJ. The problem is that CJ’s mom, Gloria (Betty Gilpin), decides to take CJ away. As Bailey’s soul prepares to leave this life for a new one, he makes a promise to Ethan to find CJ and protect her at any cost.

Thus begins Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives filled with love, friendship and devotion as he, CJ (Kathryn Prescott), and CJ’s best friend Trent (Henry Lau) experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter, and few really good belly rubs.

Directed by Emmy winner Gail Mancuso (TV’s Modern Family), A Dog’s Journey is produced by Gavin Polone (A Dog’s Purpose), and written by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon, and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky, based on the best-selling novel by Cameron.

WATCH: First trailer for feel-good adventure ‘A Dog’s Way Home’

“A lot can happen between lost and found.” Watch the first trailer of the new family adventure A Dog’s Way Home now which has just been launched by Columbia Pictures.

A Dog’s Way Home chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human.

Directed by Charles Martin Smith, the screenplay is by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon, based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron.

The film stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, Jonah Hauer-King, Alexandra Shipp, with Wes Studi and Edward James Olmos.

Use the hashtag #ADogsWayHome

In Philippine cinemas 2019, A Dog’s Way Home is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Reincarnated pet meets same owner in ‘A Dog’s Purpose’

For Universal Pictures’ new family adventure, A Dog’s Purpose, director Lasse Hallström looked to Dennis Quaid who he directed over 20 years ago in Something to Talk About. Known for his portrayals in both comedic and dramatic roles over the years, Quaid was Hallstrom’s the ultimate choice for the role of Adult Ethan.

Based on author W. Bruce Cameron’s beloved best-selling novel, A Dog’s Purpose shares the heartwarming and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

Over the course of five decades, a single voice—that of an indefatigable dog—takes us along a riveting and uplifting path that speaks to the heart of anyone who has ever loved an animal. Although he is reincarnated in the bodies of multiple canines through the years, it is his unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan that carries and inspires one dog throughout his journey to find a true purpose for his boy.

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For Quaid, it was an easy decision to reunite with Hallström. The actor adds, “I love the story and that is what Lasse is so good with. He is a great storyteller who knows how to tell a story by language, in pictures and with sound. There are three of us playing Ethan at different times in his life, and I just loved what this movie is.”

The performer continues, “My character is the original owner of our dog reincarnate, and I play him later on in life. He is at a personal crossroads, and this dog comes back into his life and it reminds him of his true self.”

For Young Ethan, 18-year-old newcomer KJ Apa was selected. Hailing from New Zealand, Apa starred in the local series Riverdale and The Cul De Sac. Brand new to the world of feature films, Apa was in for a treat when he joined forces with Hallström. “This was my first film, and I did not know you could suggest different ideas to the director. In my television work previously, I did exactly what was on the page,” says Apa. “Improvising came pretty easy for me.”

Hallström echoes Apa: “I was happy to play around with KJ and give him the opportunity to improvise. He could have a career as a leading man anywhere in the world, I would say.”

Apa elaborates on the challenges he faced while playing Young Ethan: “The hardest part of the job was perfecting an American accent, and learning how to throw a football. I play rugby, and the throwing motion could not be more different.”

As for the youngest Ethan in the film, another impressive newcomer was selected. Known for his role in Disney Channel’s Walk the Prank, Bryce Gheisar sent in an audition tape that Hallström immediately responded to. “We found Bryce pretty early in the casting process, and I saw right away that he was the man,” says Hallström. “I did not want too trained of an actor because they tend to get a little too polished for my taste, and are not typically what I want out of a kid on screen.”

Gheisar reflects on his experience in the role of Ethan, “The first scene I filmed was when my character introduces Bailey to his grandma and grandpa. Bailey jumps out of the car and runs after the chickens, and it was so funny. That was my favorite scene to film.”

Now showing across the Philippines, A Dog’s Purpose is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Josh Gad lends voice to Bailey, narrator in ‘A Dog’s Purpose’

Known to tens of millions as the voice of Olaf in Frozen, Josh Gad lends his voice to Bailey, the real star—the heart and soul throughout the entirety of Universal Pictures’ new family adventure, A Dog’s Purpose.

Director Lasse Hallström and Amblin Entertainment reached out to the Tony Award-winning actor with high hopes of finding the voice of Bailey.

His unparalleled vocal abilities are just as melodic as they are humorous and emotional, and the filmmakers were certain he would be the production’s perfect Bailey. “After hearing what Josh did with Olaf in Frozen, I had a pretty good sense of his talents and why he would be great for the role of the narrator. But when we started our work, I was truly moved at what an amazing match he was for the visuals of the dog and how he connected to that character,” says Hallström.

Gad, who was under the impression that he was being asked to consider doing voiceover work for a talking dog, but was he in for a surprise. Gad reflects on the casting process: “I have always been a huge fan of Lasse Hallstrom’s and have been longing for the opportunity to work with him. I got a call one day saying there was a new movie that he directed and wanted me to be a part of. I got extremely excited and was told that the movie was shot already. I did not understand.”

The performer continues, “My initial reaction was that I did not want to do a talking animal movie, but Leslee Feldman (VP of Casting at Amblin) told me to watch the film before I made my decision. She handed me a tissue box and said, ‘Here, you are going to need this.’”

“I watched the film—realized it was not a talking dog—and was so moved and blown away by it that I felt compelled to be part of it. If someone walked in, they would have thought I was robbed at gunpoint and watched a family of squirrel’s burn down because I was sobbing. After completing the part, I can honestly say that I have not felt this way about a project I have been involved in since Frozen. Anyone watching this is going to be in awe of the beauty, the truth and the entertainment of what Lasse has put together,” says Gad.

Based on author W. Bruce Cameron’s beloved best-selling novel, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström shares the heartwarming and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

Over the course of five decades, a single voice—that of an indefatigable dog—takes us along a riveting and uplifting path that speaks to the heart of anyone who has ever loved an animal. Although he is reincarnated in the bodies of multiple canines through the years, it is his unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan that carries and inspires one dog throughout his journey to find a true purpose for his boy.

Opening across the Philippines on March 1, 2017, A Dog’s Purpose is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.