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We are pleased to announce our first guest blogger on the Cat Blogosphere. Marjorie Dawson from Dash Kitten is talking about Pets in Film. We hope you enjoy this post and will agree to be a guest blogger in the future.
National Pets in Film Day
Today is National Pets in Film day so let’s look at some amazing pet films past and present. Cinema has been around for over 100 years now and believe it or not the first pet was made in 1901.
The Sick Kitten
This tiny movie was created by G.A. Smith and he would be amazed by the number of cats and other pets that fill our screens today.
TYPES OF PET MOVIES
These are live action movies with real animals, and animation which is either stop motion, hand drawn cells, or computer generated. Each type has a strong appeal that helps a film director tell a story in a different way. We think of live action cat movies and dog movies when we hear the word ‘pet’ don’t we? There was a rat catching cat in Alien, and Orangey with Audrey Hepburn in the iconic Breakfast at Tiffanys. For pups there is Marley the dog from Marley & Me and the team of dogs and a cat in The Incredible Journey. Looking further we can include plenty of other animals in the pet category. Both live action and animation. Let’s look at some of them.
While not technically a pet, Babe the piglet’s success around the world made sure we wanted a piglet for a moment.
Black Beauty, and War Horse
These two adventure movies gave us a chance to get closer to the horse. Based on the novels by Anna Sewell and Michael Morpurgo. Both films are rollercoaster quests before horse and rider are reunited.
Salem Saberhagen (1996 – 2003)
Salem might not sound familiar but ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ should. Salem was the talking cat who featured in the TV series. He is actually a 500-year-old witch who was sentenced to spend 100 years as a cat as punishment for attempting to take over the world. (Did you know that?)
ANIMATED PET MOVIES
Animation allows directors and animators to push the pet envelope much further. For a start these are movies where the animals talk.
There are fewer more cuddly and enthusiastic dogs that Dough the madly happy and enthusiastic Golden Retriever who meets up with Mr Fredricksen and Boy Scout Russell after their flight to Paradise Falls.
BOLT (with Mittens and Rhino the Hamster) (2008)
This multipet movie is real favourite in our house. Bolt is a dog whose sheltered life as a fictional ‘super hero’ dog is shattered when he embarks on a journey of discovery. He meets Mittens a wisecracking pet cat with a secret, and Rhino a ball rolling hamster whose voice is an epic piece of manic characterisation.
The best Animated films also have to include Lady and the Tramp (1955), the vibrant Aristocats (1970) and the dozens of characters crowded into The Secret Life of Pets (2016).
Oh, and finally…..
The Persian, Our Purrfect Movie Villain?
White Persians, it seems, make excellent villains. Cats like Blofeld’s distinctive white Persians in the James Bond movies are instantly recognisable. The Austin Powers spoof Bond movies simply had to include their own villain Persian Mr Bigglesworth. And, don’t forget Stuart Little the animated white mouse had his white Persian nemesis Snowbell (1999) too. With that in mind, be very nice to the next Persian you meet!
Happy Pets in Movies Day everyone!