What's the Difference between (novel and screenplay) the Book and A Dog's Purpose the Movie?

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(novel and screenplay)

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Released: 2012
Author: Cameron, W. Bruce

A Dog's Purpose

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Released: 2017
Director: Hallström, Lasse
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In the Book In the Movie
Jakob
Carlos
Portrayed by: John Ortiz
Ethan
Ethan
Portrayed by: K. J. Apa
Maya
Maya
Portrayed by: Kirby Howell-Baptiste
Hannah
Hannah
Portrayed by: Britt Robertson
A Dog's Purpose Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   While visiting his grandparents, Ethan is left alone for several days while the others are away. He uses some guns to target shoot and takes the horse (Flare) out for a ride. He is thrown from the horse when it is scared by a snake. Ethan and Bailey get lost trying to find their way home. They are eventually found by a man searching for them. This does not happen.
   Ethan has a new horse named Troy. Jasper the donkey was put down recently after living for 44 years. The donkey is still alive.
   A puppy is born in the woods to his feral mother along with his siblings, Fast, Hungry and Sister. When he is several weeks old his mother and brothers are captured and brought to a woman (Senora) who runs an unlicensed dog pound; she names him Toby. When a new aggressive dog is introduced to the pound, Toby and others are injured in a fight. The dogs are seized and sent to a kennel where several of them including Toby are deemed un-adoptable and euthanized. A puppy is born to his feral mother along with un-named siblings in the woods near a town. The dog enjoys his first weeks of life until he is captured by a dog catcher. He is euthanized (not shown) immediately.
   Ethan comes to Hannah's house to get Buddy an hour later. He expresses condolences for Hannah's loss of her husband 15 years ago. She tells him she moved back into town two years ago. He invites her for dinner at his place. Hannah drives Buddy home to Ethan. He expresses condolences for Hannah's loss of her husband 15 years ago. She tells him she moved back into town two months ago. Ethan after some hesitation asks Hannah out on a date. They kiss.
   Maya is Jakob's replacement. She takes Ellie to her place to live along with Stella, Tinkerbell (who likes Ellie) and Emmett the cats. She is in poor shape compared to Jakob. This does not happen.
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suck my willie nillie
27 Mar 2017 Anonymous
suck my willie nillie
27 Mar 2017 Anonymous
suck my willie nillie
27 Mar 2017 Anonymous
suck my willie nillie
27 Mar 2017 Anonymous
suck my willie nillie
27 Mar 2017 Anonymous
Thank you for the details of the cat. I was going by memory when I wrote the page. I updated the entry. -Ranb
07 Feb 2017 Ranb
. . . adding much to the overall story. The grandparents had nothing to do with Ethan's immediate family's cats; I'm pretty sure I remember there having been a shy cat, a barn cat, at the Farm. This cat wasn't memorable, either.
01 Feb 2017 Anonymous
In the book, Ethan's family has a cat named Smokey. Smokey eventually dies, and the humans bury him, and Bailey mentions that on the following day, he decides to dig the cat up. He couldn't understand why they'd buried a perfectly good dead cat. But this is just an aside, only one (short) paragraph, and we don't hear about any repercussions of Bailey's grave-robbing exploit. Some time later, Ethan gave his mother a replacement cat. This cat was Felix. I don't recall Felix adding much to
01 Feb 2017 Anonymous
There absolutely is a cat in the book.
01 Feb 2017 Anonymous


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