Hi there! My name is Bridget, a 25-year-old dog mom living in sunny Phoenix, AZ! My dog (aka my best friend) is a 3-year-old lab/ chihuahua mix named Finn, and I love to do absolutely everything with him. When Pettable presented me with the opportunity to watch and rate 7 of the best dog movies out there in 48 hours, I was more than happy to oblige! With Finn by my side I settled in to watch all 7 of these films - don’t worry, I covered his eyes at the scary parts!
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1. Scooby Doo
A hectic mixed bag of mystery with a side of comedy. While this movie did a good job showing off the personality traits of how the characters we know from the classic cartoon would act in “real life,” I wouldn’t rank it above any of the original Scooby-Doo episodes. It’s still a funny and action-packed movie, but to most, probably not a “must-see.” Amidst the chaotic plot, there is a central theme of the importance of being there for your friends when they need you, which I think we can all agree is a good lesson to learn.
2. The Fox and the Hound
A classic Disney animated movie that I had never seen! And wow, I sure am glad I finally watched it. The animation in this movie is absolutely adorable! The first half of the movie is smooth sailing - an unlikely but heart-warming friendship between Tod the fox and Copper the hound. The second half kept me in suspense with an unexpected plot twist! This is definitely a movie people of all ages can follow and enjoy! I could see this being a little scary for the youngest crowd, but overall it's a beautiful and memorable story. I recommend that everyone watch this movie!
“To us, our dogs are only a small part of our life. But to them, we are their whole life.” This quote is so true, and a great reminder to love our dogs every day because they are only here for a short time. If you love your dog, they will love you back, and this is exemplified in Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, which is based on a true story! Hachi was rescued as a puppy from the train station, and every day he walks his owner to the station in the morning and meets him there after work. Even after the passing of his owner, Hachi still makes his way to the train station to wait for his owner’s arrival every day for 9 years. This incredibly sweet and sad film will have you feeling all the emotions that love, loyalty, and loss can bring!
4. My Dog Skip
I loved this movie. I recommend any dog owner or dog lover watch it. Full of heartwarming and heart-wrenching moments, this film will have you smiling, crying, and hugging your dog extra tight! It is a fun and simple movie about the adventures of a boy and his first dog. I’m sure many people can relate to having your dog as your best friend and watching them grow old. I still have my first dog - he’s only 3 - but oh man this movie sure makes you want to freeze time and keep your dog's puppies forever!
5. Snoopy Come Home
Funny, heartwarming, and a great look into Snoopy’s life before he was adopted by Charlie Brown! I thought this movie showcased all the classic Peanuts characters really well, giving everyone some fun lines and personality. Snoopy is faced with having to choose between his first owner who is sick in the hospital, or Charlie Brown. We can all predict the outcome of this movie, but the journey along the way was fun nonetheless. Of course, this movie is kid-friendly, but I think it's a great nostalgic one for adults to watch too.
6. 101 Dalmatians
While 101 Dalmatians is probably one of the most popular Disney animated films, surprisingly I had never seen it before! Much of this movie was written from the perspective of Dalmatian mates, Pongo and Perdita, who sweetly refer to their humans as their pets. When Pongo and Perdita's 15 Dalmatian pups get stolen by the orders of evil Cruella De Vil, they band together with all the dogs of London to track down and bring home their babies. You may be wondering like I was what this has to do with 101 Dalmatians; so far I only count 17! Well, these two brave Dalmatian parents rescued an additional 84 pups and brought them home! I thought this movie was such a sweet story and depicts exactly how we would hope our dogs look out for each other - no puppy left behind!
7. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
This quirky stop-motion animation is not the style of film I would typically gravitate towards, but I have to say they did an excellent job combining comedy and horror while holding to a storyline. Interestingly enough, my dog watched this movie the most intently out of all the movies (maybe it was all the cheese)! Wallace and Gromit are a super fun duo of best friends, inventors, roommates, and in this movie, pest control coworkers! They are trying to keep rabbits from eating the town’s vegetables before the giant vegetable contest, but they don’t want to harm the rabbits so they bring them all home to live in their basement. Even though it's a children’s animated movie, I was still surprised by the plot twist that takes place midway through. It held my interest in the movie and I was excited to see how it ended. Overall it was fun to see all the inventions Wallace and Gromit came up with. Although Gromit doesn’t talk, he watches out for Wallace’s health and safety, which is really what the dogs in our life do for us.
Well, there you have it! 7 movies in 48 hours. Each movie leaves a different emotional impact behind it. Whether it was a great laugh, exciting suspense, or the feeling of missing your dog even though they are laying right next to you, these movies are definitely all memorable ones. Even with their very different genres, a common theme all these movies share is that dogs bring love, loyalty, and companionship to our lives, and all we have to do is love them back (and give belly rubs)! Now go grab your remote and furry friend and treat yourself to a weekend of doggie flicks!