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
   Ellie is taken to schools and hospitals as part of an outreach program. This does not happen.
   Bailey grows old and is unable to eat. He is brought to the veterinarian and sedated. Everyone tells him he is a good dog. When Ethan arrives to say goodbye, Bailey is put down. The grandparents take Bailey to the vet when they notice he is tired and off his food. The vet says there is a tumor and it can not be properly treated. Bailey is put down after Ethan arrives to say goodbye.
   Bear plays with other dogs at a park and later in the day meets a yellow dog (Carly) with Hannah's scent on her. Bear lives on food in trash cans at the park then decides to find Hannah and Ethan. The dog wanders around and finds a dog park where he meets a fluffy yellow dog that has a familiar smell on her.
   Ethan's dad drinks too much but is not shown as abusive. Ethan's dad is an alcoholic, verbally abusive and unhappy with his job on the road as a salesman. He entertains the boss and his wife at dinner in his home where he fails to get promoted to an office job.
   Ethan puts Bailey's old Collar on Buddy but later buys him a new one. Ethan buys a new collar and has a new tag made for Buddy.
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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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