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7 Films Every Pet (and their Owners) Must Watch
Wednesday January 15th 2014
The bond between pet and pet owner is undeniable, even if the most remarkable thing your cat ever did was chase its tail one particularly hyperactive night. So settle down, fetch the popcorn/dog treats, and enjoy some of the greatest pet movies ever made.
The Aristocats (1970)
The last movie to be approved by Walt Disney himself, The Aristocats tells the tale of a group of posh pampered Parisian pussycats thrown into the wild French countryside. Why? Well, retired opera star Madame Adelaide Bonfamille (otherwise known as the original crazy old cat lady) decides that her immense wealth will be left to her pets before her butler Edgar, and in an attempt to deny the felines of their inheritance the pantomime villain does everything he can to dispose of them – without success.
So popular was this film in the 1990s that there are a fair few young adults today that associate the name Beethoven first and foremost with a St. Bernard dog rather than the classical composer. While you can probably give most of the six (yes six) sequels a miss, the original Beethoven is a family classic that shows big, slobbering dogs need loving too. Meanwhile, the film buffs amongst you can try to spot Joseph Gordon-Levitt making his film debut.
This film focuses largely on the relationship between Andre the orphaned seal and Toni, the young daughter of the family that adopts it. It's a fair comment to say this is without a doubt the best film EVER about a seal, which makes it worthwhile viewing, but you'll also want to see Tory the sea lion give what is arguably the best animal acting performance of all time as she manages to successfully pass as a seal in this (based on a) true story.
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
As the original uptown girl, Lady is undeniably one of Disney's finest leading, err, ladies. The film is home to one of cinema's most iconic moments, the spaghetti kiss. The lovers' kiss has been spoofed in everything from The Simpsons to 30 Rock, with Family Guy referencing the scene in no less than three episodes. This is one of the most under-appreciated Disney films out there, and a protest to get the House of Mouse to re-release it in 3D is long over-due.
One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
Despite how impractical it is to care for 101 Dalmatians (even if you can buy a big house in the country with the royalties from your first hit song about an evil woman named Cruella de Vil) this film still managed to convince every kid across the country to beg their parents for a spotty dog. While a live action version of the film was released in 1996, the animated classic from 1961 is better in just about every way - except cuteness.
Marley and Me (2008)
Jennifer Anniston proves that a dog can be a woman's best friend as well as an unreplaceable member of the family in what is easily the biggest tearjerker ever (or at least on this list). In fact, we better leave it there, just thinking about it is making us tear up…
For many children the loss of a childhood pet is the first time they'll have to come face to face with death. While most kids might have a good cry and ask their parents lots of awkward questions, Victor Frankenstein instead decides to try and resurrect his pet dog. The resurrections don't stop there, and before long the town is overrun with undead animals. If you're watching this with your pooch you might want to explain you won't be able to actually bring them back to life with a jolt of electricity to avoid any disappointment.
This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers pet insurance.