|Where the Red Fern Grows Part 1: Where the Red Fern Grows is, quite simply, a wonderful story for all ages and for all time. A boy’s yearning for two Redbone Hound dogs, which his parents can’t afford during the desolate times of the Depression in the Ozarks, is the setting for this truly triumphant film. Billy’s grandfather (James Whitmore) promises the lad that God will meet him halfway if he believes in himself and his beloved dogs. Billy faces adventure, suspense, tragedy and ultimately, a love and loyalty of family and friendship to realize his dream. The outcome makes for the kind of heartwarming story the great family films are all about. Where the Red Fern Grows Part 2: : Billy Coleman returns from WWII to his grandfather’s home in Louisiana and tries to readjust to civilian life after the traumas of war. Grandpa had anticipated Billy’s state of mind and has a therapeutic gift waiting – a pair of Redbone hound puppies – just like the ones he had as a boy. Billy befriends a young neighborhood boy named Wilson. The hounds and Wilson become his closest friends and together they help Billy to rediscover the gift of giving and caring.