The love for stories makes this dog, who he is. From the inks of James Herriot to Samuel Fuller’s celluloid – the human emotions and values are often best depicted by animal protagonists. Their tales and fates entwined to our little pleasures and epic pains. Inspiring, innocent and endearing, the dog movies have always had their takers – children and adult alike. A top draw at the box-office, they have time and again set the cash counters ringing.
1. Bolt (2008) At the top of our list is Bolt. Now a Disney classic, this animated comedy voiced by John Travolta and Miley Cyrus, follows the journey of a celebrity dog of a sci-fi sitcom who has spent his entire life on the sets believes that he has superpowers and ventures out to save his co-celebrity star. Bolt was nominated for a series of awards, such as the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, which it lost to another Walt Disney Pictures release, WALL-E.
My favorite quote from the movie Bolt was by Mittens when the cat talked about humans abandoning their pets:
“They pretend they’re going to always be there for you, and then one day they pack up and move away and take their love with them, and leave their de-clawed cat to fend for herself! They leave her, wondering what she did wrong.”
2. Scooby-Doo (2002) Rated as the fifth Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time, Scooby Doo has featured in animated series and movies since 1969. Scooby solves mysteries involving supposedly supernatural creatures through a series of missteps. Warner Brothers have brought Scooby on the big screen to scintillating success.
3. Marley and me (2008) John Grogan’s autobiographical novel and the film based on the same were a top draw at the box office.
4. Cats & Dogs (2001) A family comedy about talking cats and canines, this movie plays on the age-old perceived war plot between cats and dogs. An evil snow white cat named Mr. Tinkles is planning to sabotage the efforts of a Professor who is about to discover a cure for human allergies to dogs. In the way of Mr. Tinkles is a brave Beagle pup Lou.
5. Beethoven (1992) I loved this movie when I was a kid. Beethoven is a cute little family film where the kids decide to adopt a stray St. Bernard against their dad’s wishes. No brownie points for guessing that over the course of the movie, the dad falls in love with the giant dog.
6. 101 Dalmatians (1996) In this remake of 1961 Disney classic (which I prefer as it was the last Disney animated feature that Walt Disney saw personally), an evil woman kidnaps puppies to kill them for their fur, but various animals then gang up against her and get their revenge in slapstick fashion.
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