I love my pets. I have one dog, Bamboo (a Cavachon), seven cats (from Norwegian Forests to moggies), and five chickens! I also love my films, so I always notice the pets. There are many films that have named pets, and in a surprising number, they play pivotal if not central roles. Don’t believe me? Here’s a selection of them:
- Alien (1979) – one of my favourite films of all-time. Sigourney Weaver plays Ripley who takes on the alien in space. But the crew had a cat called Jones, which is in most of the pivotal scenes and manipulates its way to the escape pod with Ripley. So there, the film was actually about Jones the cat and the alien. I even wrote a blog about this.
- John Wick (2014) – the over-the-top action flick has Keanu back at his best. And what’s the IMDb description of the film: “An ex-hit-man comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that killed his dog and took everything from him”. So the whole movie is about John Wick getting vengeance for the murder of Daisy his dog
- Jaws (1975) – remember the first few scenes – where Jaws kills some people on the beach. One of its first victims was a dog that was playing fetch. Kill a dog, get killed – that’s what Jaws is about.
- I am Legend (2007) – this is really a buddy movie in a post-apocalyptic Zombie-infested world. Will Smith’s Robert and his dog, Sam – try to take on the zombies. Unfortunately, Sam becomes a zombie dog.
- Mad Max 2/Road Warrior (1981) – another buddy movie, this time with Mel Gibson’s Mad Max and his dog called, well, Dog. They stay together for much of the movie, but Dog gets killed by the Marauders. Mad Max then goes to kill their leader, Lord Humungus.
- The Wizard of Oz (1939) – this film is really about Dorothy and her dog Toto. Most of the critical points of the film are triggered by the dog from Toto biting Miss Gulch which leads to Dorothy running away and ending up in Oz to Toto pulling away the curtain to reveal the actual wizard
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