Week 5: White Fang / Marley & Me

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I read this book in school, not sure what age I think high school and it was amazing from what I can gather. This film, based on Jack London’s novel of the same name, starred a wolf-dog names Jed who also appeared in several other movies like John Carpenter’s The Thing. The story revolves around an explorer and gold hunter (Ethan Hawke) who befriends a half-dog, half-wolf which a Native American tribe has dubbed White Fang. The man and dog lose each other several times throughout their lives but always somehow find one another again. White Fang was successful, both financially and critically, and has been in talks for a possible remake. 

 

Marley & Me (2008)  movieposter

This late 00’s family film has become a favorite of dog lovers everywhere. Based on the memoir by NY times columnist John Grogan, Marley & Me tells the story of John (Owen Wilson) and Jenny (Jennifer Aniston) a married couple who adopt a puppy names Marley as practice for children. Marley proves to be a handful to say the least in the beginning (and what puppy doesn’t) He ends up helping the family with two sons now through many tough times in their life. The movie encapsulates the bond between a dog and his family and how truly nucleus of a family a pet can be. You will hold  your pups tighter when you finish this movie.

 

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“I’ve seen a look in a dogs eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts” – John Steinbeck 

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Week 4: All Dogs go to Heaven / Iron Will

All Dogs Go To Heaven (1989)

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This was my all time favorite movie as a kid. This classic animated film for anyone who loves dogs. Though it is often dark and pretty wild (ex. alligator shenanigans) director Don Bluth is known for having helmed some of the most incredible and memorable children’s films of all time after leaving Disney (The Land Before Time and The Secret of NIMH). The film can be enjoyed by children and adults alike, dispute it receiving mixed reviews from critics and little box office success Bluth is still an essential figure in the dog film canon.

 

 

 

Iron Will (1994)  51Q2RC72WJL

An adventure film about a man who enters a god-sled race after his father’s accidental death leaves his family without the money to save their farm, Iron Will showcases both the strength of spirit that humans and dogs possess. Will Stoneman and his team of dogs  (led by Gus)  face hardship, freezing temperatures, and physical exhaustion during their fight to win the race from Winnipeg to St. Paul. The film enjoyed moderate success as well as considerably good reviews and was distributed by Buena Vista Pictures, now simply called Walt Disney Studios.

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Week 3: Benji / Bolt

Benji (1974)  

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For first impressions, Benji seems to be a film about a dog attempting to communicate with humans in order to save trapped children a la Lassie. However, the movie received a great deal of praise for its ability to tell a story through the eyes of a dog, and the mixed-breed pup Higgins who played Benji became one of the most famous animal actors of all time. The films financial and critical success led to four more movies, all of which debuted in theaters.

 

 

Bolt (2008) 

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Starring John Travolta (Grease/Pulp Fiction) and singer Miley Cyrus and released by Walt Disney Studios. Bolt is the story of a dog who stars in a television show and believes the powers he has on that show to be real. When he thinks his friend has been kidnapped. he strikes out to rescue her and he soon learns the truth about his powers. There was an overall positive critic of this film, although it did not perform as well in the box offices as Disney projected, Charlie B Barkin is still an essential part of the dog film cannon.

 

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“The dog who meets with a good master is the happier of the two” – Maeterlinck 

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Week 2: Air Bud/ Oliver & Company

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“He sits. He stays. He shoots. He scores” The story revolves around a lonely young boy who’s too shy to try out for the basketball team until he meets a golden retriever he names Buddy who has an uncanny ability to play the game. This movie created a spiral of sequels and spin-offs, some which star Buddy’s puppies. America was also in love with the true story of Buddy who was homeless until he was adopted by writer Kevin Dicicco.

 

Oliver & Company (1988)

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In this Disney adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist, Oliver may be a cat, but Dodger pretty much steals the show. The street-smart and suave canine was voiced by Billy Joel, who sang one of the film;s most memorable songs “Why should I worry?” Oliver & Company also includes a number of other memorable dogs like Cheech Marin’s Tito the Chihuahua and Bette Midler’s Georgette the poodle. Tim Disney, son of Roy E. Disney was one of the film’s three writers and its mixed critical reviews didn’t stop it from doing well with fans.

 

 

 

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“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than they love themselves” -Billings 

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