When we think of movies about pets, we usually picture heart-warming stories about the bond between pets and their owners. However, there are also movies that offer us a glimpse into the world of animals and help us understand their way of thinking. Below are some films that allow us to see the world through the eyes of our furry friends, and perhaps teach us a thing or two about their behavior:
1. The Secret Life of Pets
In this fun 2016 American animated comedy film, Katie brings home Duke, a huge dog, who clashes with Max, the dog who was there first. Angry at being displaced, Duke accidentally triggers a series of events that leads both dogs into an underground world of animals, including a rebellious rabbit named Snowball. The movie offers a glimpse into the secret life of pets when their owners are not around.
2. A Dog’s Journey
The 2019 American movie A Dog’s Journey is based on the book of the same name written by Bruce Cameron in 2012 and is a sequel to the 2017 movie, A Dog’s Purpose. The story revolves around Bailey, who is reincarnated multiple times, experiencing different canine bodies each time, but always finding his way back to Ethan, his first owner. Bailey helps Ethan’s grandson, CJ, through life’s challenges and experiences a strong bond of friendship with him.
3. Scooby Doo
Scooby Doo is a classic character that many of us grew up with. This unforgettable childhood memory features a big, furry talking dog that helps solve mysteries and catch criminals. His humorous antics continuously entertains the audience.
4. Lady and the Tramp
The 1955 Walt Disney animated feature film Lady and the Tramp is a romantic musical comedy that tells the story of Lady, a Cocker Spaniel, falling in love with Tramp, a stray dog. Living a content life in a fancy house, Lady’s life takes a turn when she meets and falls in love with Tramp, leading them on an adventure together.
5. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
The 1993 American adventure comedy movie Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey features cats, dogs, and action-packed adventures. Chance, a mischievous and unruly American Bulldog, narrates the tale. Chance lives alongside Shadow, a Golden Retriever, and Sassy, a Himalayan cat. Their owners temporarily move out and leave the animals on the farm. When Kate, the owner of the farm, is away, the animals misunderstand the situation and believe they have been abandoned. They decide to embark on an adventurous journey to search for their owners.
Benji is a classic film that tells the story of a homeless dog that saves a group of kidnapped children from danger. The 1974 original was remade by Netflix in 2018, showcasing the intelligence and agility of dogs in a thrilling way.
7. Isle of Dogs
The 2018 film Isle of Dogs, written and directed by Wes Anderson, takes place in a city where all dogs are banned and exiled to a landfill. Atari Kobayashi, a 12-year-old boy, embarks on a journey to find his lost dog, Spots, and receives help from a pack of dogs. The film showcases the power of love and the bond between dog and human.
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