Enjoy a Pet Movie: Do You Have a Favorite?
Do you have a favorite pet movie? After a long day at work, it is enjoyable to kick back and what's better than a movie about pets?
If you're looking to rent or purchase a pet movie for your cinema night, there are many ideas below. We've compiled a list (in no particular order) of some of the all-time best, family-friendly movies starring dogs and/or cats.
Cats and Dogs
A close second in the PetPlace.com's 2002 Pet Movie of the Year contest, this movie is a favorite of many. This 2001 action-packed comedy is all about the secret war, hidden from humans, between cats and dogs. In this film, a cat is planning to destroy a dog allergy eliminating vaccine developed by a scientist played by Jeff Goldblum. The cat, Mr. Tinkles, is attempting to alter the formula to render humans severely allergic to all dogs, so that dogs will be unwanted and cats can rule. Of course, the dogs won't sit back and just let Mr. Tinkles win, they will put up a fight too in the war between cats and dogs.
This drama / adventure movie produced in 1957 by Walt Disney Productions is about a poor, frontier family and the love they share with their yellow, mixed-breed dog. Old Yeller came into this family's lives when the sons find him as a stray. The dog's commitment and gratitude toward his new family is highlighted throughout the film. Near the movie's end is one of movie history's most heart-wrenching and memorable scenes. Be sure to have your tissues ready!
An adventure film from 1974, Benji is an adorable, family-friendly movie which led to multiple sequels. Benji was a stray who was befriended and fed by the townspeople. He was especially fond of a couple children who would feed and play with him, despite their parent's wishes to stay away from the dog. When the children are kidnapped, Benji lends a helping paw in the quest to save them.
Where the Red Fern Grows
Set in the Great Depression, the boy works hard to earn enough money to purchase these dogs. The boy and the two dogs embark on a hunting adventure through the Ozark Mountains, facing tragedies and victories. Throughout his time with the dogs, the boy learns valuable lessons in hard work and friendship.
Lassie Come Home
An adventure / drama film originally from 1943, this movie is a classic that has been enjoyed through the generations. Lassie is a beautiful Collie who is sold by her family during hard times. Despite this unfaithful action by the adult members of Lassie's family, she is committed to returning to the small boy who misses her dearly. The movie takes you through the ups and downs of her journey home. You will laugh, cry, and be amazed at the talented acting of this famous, canine movie star.
TV series, spin-offs, and remakes abound from this classic. Most recently, there were remakes of the movie in 1994 and 2005. Lassie is one of only three dog characters to win a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
A Disney classic originally made in 1976, this comedy is about a lawyer running for the position of District Attorney whose race for the seat is complicated by a reoccurring change of species. At the most unfortunate of times this lawyer finds himself transforming into an English Sheepdog. This comedy will have you laughing as the lawyer turned canine runs from dog catchers, tries to hide his transformations from his family and friends, and embarks on a quest to solve the mystery of his changing body.
Disney remade this film in 2006, titled The Shaggy Dog and starring Tim Allen.