Rated: PG Reviewed by: Frank Release date: April 15, 1994 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures
When White Fang II is about the business of the spiritualism of the Haida Indian Tribe it is fascinating and interesting, but when it lapses into a typical western with bad guys working top steal the tribe's gold, it's bland and stale.
Henry Casey (Scott Bairstow) is the young man in the Alaskan woods with White Fang. The dog, as he romps and searches the natural Alaskan beauty, is a delight to observe, even when it is really Canada.
When Casey is hurt falling out of his raft, Indian Princess Lily Joseph (Charmaine Craig) saves him because she believes he is White Fang taking a new form. Her father has seen just that in his drams and believes Casey will be the catalyst to bring back the lost deer herd which the tribe lives on.
Craig, in her first film, steals the show from the other actors but not from the dog. She appears strong in reality and mystic and angelic in dreams which speak to the spiritualism of the tribe. Her liberation is a little much for the late 19th century. She does, however, light up the screen with her quiet but dominant presence. The crooks in contrast are over dramatic and silly.
There is nothing terribly wrong in this production and nothing special either, except Craig and the dog.
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