We love a good animal orientated movie, tbh. You can’t pick your family, but you can pick your furry little bundles of sass and tail-wagging goodness. So if that’s how you like your honorary family members, it seems only right that that’s also how you like your films, too.
Our pets are freakin’ adorable, but also seriously side eye emoji. That’s why we’re pretty damn excited that ‘The Secret Life of Pets‘ is being released this Friday and we get to finally see the sorts of things our pets get up to when we’re not at home. To celebrate, we’re giving you our top ten pet movies, because why the heck not?
1. ‘101 Dalmatians’ (1996)
Here at MP! we love a live action remake and Disney is forever doing it best. We all know the story by now, but just in case you don’t it follows dogs Pongo and Perdy, who go on a mission to rescue their lost puppies from the evil Cruella De Vil. The villian that made monochrome fashionable is an entrepreneur who has kidnapped the puppies with the intention to make a fur coat out of them. And it turns out Cruella has built up quite the collection…
Did you know: Raw hotdogs were rubbed on Jeff Daniel’s (who plays owner, Rodger) face encouraging the puppies to perform on cue and lick his face?
2. ‘Babe’ (1995)
‘Babe’ is based off of Dick King Smith’s novel ‘The Sheep-Pig’ and follows Babe on his journey to become an A+ sheep herder. Tbh, we think Babe is a prime example that you can do anything if you put your mind to it, no matter who you are or how you identify yourself. Who knew ‘Babe’ could be such an inspritationl film?
Did you know: As pigs grow so fast, 48 were used for the role of Babe alongside an animatronic double?
3. ‘Dr. Dolittle’ (1998)
Ever wanted to speak to animals? Well, Eddie Murphy as Dr. John Doolittle is killing the game, because he’s got a special gift in this classic film that can help him do just that. Unsurprisingly, he sort of becomes the middle man between animal kind and humans, because they got 99 problems and we haven’t heard none of them.
Did you know: Albert Brooks and Ellen Degeneres voiced animals in the film. Both ended up back on the big screen together in ‘Finding Nemo’ as they voiced Marlin and Dory, respectively.
4. ‘Marley and Me’ (2008)
Uh, if you want to cry then this is the one for you, because ‘Marley and Me’ is sad with a capital S. Ngl, we actively avoid it when we see it’s on the tele, but if you fancy putting yourself through the emotional trauma then the film is all about a young couple (Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston) who’s life is quite literally turned upside down when they adopt a seriously naughty Labrador.
Did you know: Owen Wilson’s real life parents played his parents in the film?
5. ‘The Aristocats’ (1970)
‘The Aristocats’ is set in 1910 Paris and follows Duchess and her three kittens, Toulouse, Marie and Berlioz as they find themselves in quite the pickle when their owner’s butler tries to get rid of them. With the help of an alley cat, Thomas O’Malley, though, they’re sure to find their way. The best bit about this Disney classic? Marie honest to god gives us absolute life in this film — she was the feminist kitty cat we needed in our childhoods back in the day.
Did you know: Disney veteran Phil Harris who voiced Thomas O’Malley also voiced Baloo in ‘The Jungle Book’ and Little John in ‘Robin Hood’?
6. ‘Beethoven’ (1992)
‘Beethoven’ is all about a lovable pooch who helps the Newton family with all their problems. However, like with all pet movies, there’s an evil vet out to try and get Beethoven and carry out tests on him. Sad face. Watching ‘Beethoven’ back in the day made us want a gigantic St. Bernard. They are literally the size of a house and we’d still very much like one to this day… They’re like a cuddly teddy bear x100000.
Did you know: The film saw Joseph Gordon-Levitt make his film debut — he was credited as Student #1?
7. ‘Chicken Run’ (2000)
We love Aardman Animations quite a lot, tbh. There’s something quintessentially British about ‘Wallace & Gromit’ and, even with an American rooster, Rocky, swaggering about. The film sees the chickens attempt to make their great escape when their farmers decide to go into the chicken pie industry. We love this film and we can do a pretty stellar impression of Babs’ line: “My whole life flashed before my eyes… It was really boring.”
Did you know: The lead characters Ginger and Rocky were named after creator Nick Park’s childhood pet chickens?
8. ‘Cats and Dogs’ (2001)
We don’t like to start rumours, but we reckon this is the reason there’s beef between cats and dogs. The poor felines in ‘Cats and Dogs’ were misrepresented — they’re cute, loving animals, honest! Still, the film that follows Lou, the dog, in his endeavours to stop Mr. Tinkles’ plans to sabotage a cure for dog allergies being made is truly iconic. We can actually remember pretty vividly seeing this one at the cinema.
Did you know: Tobey Maguire, who voices Top Dog Lou, noted that his performance in this film was inspired by Keanu Reeves in the ‘Matrix’?
9. ‘Garfield’ (2004)
If you haven’t seen ‘Garfield’ we don’t actually know what you’re doing with your lives. He likes sleeping, watching TV and eating lasagne. So basically all of our Tinder profiles combined? Honestly, we think Garfield is an icon among both cat and human kind — he is our Queen.
Did you know: Bill Murray provides the voice of Garfield?
10. ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ (2016)
And finally, the reason we’re all here… ‘The Secret Life of Pets’! Although fresh onto the big screen, we know this is going to be an instant favourite. Set in an apartment building in Manhattan, ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ follows the lives of lots of furry friends and what they get up to once those living on two legs leave for their 9-5 jobs. Of course, no plot would be complete without their lives being rustled up with new roomies and being thrusted out onto the busy streets of New York City. And, you know, getting back in time before your owner finds out.
Did you know: The film’s director Chris Renaud voices Norman, a guinea pig who is lost in the vents of Max’s apartment block and is trying to find his way home?
Have you ticked all of these off your animal movie list? And, more importantly, will you be going to see ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ at the cinema this coming Friday? Let us know in a quick tweet @maximumpop.