Although I may get the cyber equivalent of steaming doggie doo on my porch, I’ve got to say it. I hate just about every movie with talking dogs!
I learned this sad fact about myself while watching Cats and Dogs for the third time in one weekend of babysitting.
What do I think are the best dog movies? (Click the link to see a review at Rotten Tomatoes.com or the actual film to watch online.)
- The Triplets of Belleville – While not a typical dog movie, Bruno is an important character who is very well animated. Every time I see this, I think that writer and director Sylvain Chomet definitely had a dog.
- My Dog Skip – A young boy grows up with the help of his dog. Sometimes sentimental and not always easy to watch, it’s a heartfelt depiction of what a dog can mean to a child.
- Babe – The exception to my rule about talking dog movies, many critics have called this the Citizen Kane of talking animal films. While technically about a pig, who do you think taught the pig all he needs to know?
- Best in Show – Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy’s doc mockumentary about the world of dog shows is a laugh riot. This movie is different, however, for not saying much about how dogs and people interact. It’s really all about the people and the dog show is just the setting.
- Sun Dogs – This documentary tells the story of the development of the Jamaican dog sled team.
- The Jerk – Once again, the dog Sh*thead is only a character here. But he’s front and center for some of the funniest bits.
So what else have I missed? Do you think I’m crazy for not watching Air Bud?
Do you want to extol the virtues of the talking dog movie? Or do your tastes run more like mine?
What do you think makes a good dog movie?
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