GenreFamily, Adventure, Drama ProducerDwight Brooks WriterWilliam E. Carville LanguageEnglish
Release dateOctober, 1977 CastChill Wills (Big Burt), Clint Ritchie, Sherry Bain, Ysabel MacCloskey, Mikki Jamison (Jane) Similar moviesLenny the Wonder Dog (2004), For the Love of Benji (1977), Beethoven (1992), Big Red (1962), Beethovens 2nd (1993)
Poco... Little Dog Lost is a 1977 American independent family adventure drama film about a young girl, Kim (Michelle Ashburn), and her dog, Poco.
Early in the film, both Kim and her mother are injured in a car accident. An emergency medical crew arrives to help them and bring them to the hospital. But Kim's dog, Poco, gets spooked during the commotion and runs off into the desert.
Lost in the dangerous wilds, Poco treks across the wilderness in search of Kim. As Kim recovers, she searches for Poco as well.
Poco has several adventures as he makes his way through scenic, diverse, and occasionally treacherous California terrain, from the high desert, the Sierra Nevada mountains, a ghost town, and a romp through Yosemite National Park. The dog also has several encounters along the way, including a kind old gas station owner (John Steadman) and a benevolent gold prospector (Chill Wills), as well as a few other animal friends, all of whom help Poco on his journey home.
Chill Wills as Big Burt
Michelle Ashburn as Kim
Muffin as Poco
Sherry Bain as Mrs. McKinna
Clint Ritchie as Mr. McKinna
John Steadman as Ben Ashton
Tom Roy Lowe
Jeanne Bates as Mrs. John Ashmore
Robert Broyles as Deputy
Mikki Jamison Olsen as Jane
Jim Schlievert as Ranger
Michael L. Harris as Hold-Up Man
Shannon Farnon as Nurse
Filming locations include Yosemite National Park; the ghost town of Bodie, California; the Mono Lake area; the Owens Valley; the sand dunes in Death Valley, California and Sacramento International Airport in Sacramento, California.
Muffin, the dog who plays the title character of Poco, also appeared in the television series CHiPs, in the Season 1, Episode 3 episode entitled "Dog Gone."