If dogs are man’s best friend, and movies are man’s best pastime, then it stands to reason that dog movies are man’s best friendly pastime. From cinema’s earliest days, dogs have played key roles, and sometimes have earned more money than their human counterparts, as was the case in the Wizard of Oz where Toto earned a higher salary than the actors who played the munchkins.
Sometimes, we undervalue the roles dogs play in our lives and the roles they play in movies.J.M. Johnson
To remind us of the powerful impact dog’s have had in cinema, here are few must-see dog movies to add to your binge watching list. The “a” means the dog is animated. The “r” means the dog is real.
- 101 Dalmations (r): 1996. This is the remake of the original animated version.
- All Dogs Go to Heaven (a): 1989. Starring Burt Reynolds, this timeless classic is a great throwback to the 80’s, but is an ever-present favorite.
- Lady and the Tramp (a): 1955. Can you believe this is almost 70 years old!? It is still a family favorite. I prefer the original to the remake.
- Turner and Hooch (r): 1989. Made the same year as All Dogs Go To Heaven, this is not only a good dog show, but it features Tom Hanks in his early days.
- Balto (a): 1995. A great presentation of one of animation’s most heroic dogs. Balto is an adventure-filled story every child and adult will love.
- Benji (r): 2018. This is a rare case when the retelling of the original is the better of the two.
- Iron Will (r): 1994. Made at about the same time as Balto, this is the “real” dog version of a similar story backdrop.
- White Fang (r): 1991. A serious but must-watch-at-least-once-in-a-lifetime dog movie.
- The Fox and the Hound (a) 1981. This is a charming animated classic. You’ll come away with a greater love of puppies and foxes.
- Old Yeller (r): 1957. One critic so aptly put with the word, “Old Yeller is an exemplary coming of age tale.” (No pun intended
In conclusion, as you prepare to binge watch, remember that the list of movies is only the beginning. Snuggle up close to someone you love, pop some popcorn (the best of which is Melelauca microwave popcorn IMO), and enjoy a weekend full of lovable dog movies!