Do you love dogs? Well so do cartoonists and why not celebrate International Animation Day (Oct. 28) or any day you feel love for your dog by watching some animation starring dogs?
If you want to get in the Halloween mood, there’s always Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” in which a young boy named Victor brings his dog Sparky back to life. The 2012 animated feature is available on Amazon Instant video for $2.99.
The Tim Burton was produced by Walt Disney Pictures with Tim Burton Pictures. Disney has given us other memorable dogs.
- “101 Dalmatians” (1961): A dog named Pongo (Rod Taylor voices) manages to find himself and his master Roger (Ben Wright) the perfect match–Perdita (Cate Bauer) for Pongo and Anita (Lisa Davis) for Roger, but Anita’s friend Cruella de Vil (Betty Lou Gerson) has designs on the pups Pongo and Perdita produce. She wants to make them into a coat, but she needs more dogs. DVD on Netflix.
- “Lady and the Tramp” (1955): Can a spoiled young Lady (Barbara Luddy) dog find love with a dog from the wrong side of the tracks, Tramp (Larry Roberts)? Of course and there’s a lot of singing in between, notably by Peggy Lee as Darling, Si, Am and Peg. DVD on Netflix.
- Disney also gave us Pluto, Mickey Mouse’s dog, and Goofy, Mickey Mouse’s friend, but only Goofy had his own movie. “The Goofy Movie” is about Goofy’s son Max making a promise to win a girl’s affection and the result of a cross-country trip with his father Goofy. The movie is available on Amazon Video for $2.99.
- While the movie may not be about Dug the Dog, he certain adds to the pleasure of the animated feature “Up.” This 2009 was a Walt Disney-Pixar release about an old widower named Carl (Ed Asner) who remembers how he promised his wife he’d take her to South America, but never did. Now he takes his house and a stowaway named Russell via his house taken aloft by balloons. There they meat talking dogs, including Dug. DVD on Netflix.
- “The Fox and the Hound” is a 1981 animated story about an orphaned red fox , Tod (Mickey Rooney), that is raised by a farmer named Widow Tweed (Jeanette Nolan). Her neighbor (Jack Albertson) has a new hound puppy named Cooper (Kurt Russell). Cooper and Tod becomes friends. Tod is eventually returned to the wild, but has problems adjusting. Cooper and his master end up hunting Tod and his new mate down, but as this is Disney, there is a happy ending. The book upon which this is loosely based, “The Fox and the Hound” has a more poignant ending. On Amazon Instant Video for $2.99.
“The Huckleberry Hound Show” was a Hanna-Barbera animation about a Bluetick Coonhound dog with a Southern accent who often sings “My Darling, Clementine” and takes on various jobs and roles in various places. He’s a scientist trying to save the world from a gigantic potato, he’s a detective in Victorian London and a reporter among other things. The series is available on Amazon Instant.
“My Dog Tulip” is about a lonely man (voiced by Christopher Plummer) who rescues a German Shepherd Dog and stumbles through life, not always being the ideal owner or the ideal guest. This independent feature film is based on the 1956 memoirs of J.R. Ackerley (1896-1967) and his dog Queenie. DVD from Netflix.
Chuck Jones created Ralph E. Wolf and Sam Sheepdog for Warner Bros. “Looney Tunes” and “Merrie Melodies.” Ralph Wolf is like Wile E. Coyote except he has a red nose and white eyes. Sam is a hefty Berger de Brie (Briard Sheepdog). Both Ralph and Sam are just doing their jobs. They clock in. The wolf attempts to get the sheep. Sam stops him. They stop for lunch. When they clock out they are replaced by the evening shift. Sometimes the names are inconsistent.
- “Don’t Give Up the Sheep” (1953): DVD “Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1”
- “Sheep Ahoy” (1954): “Looney Tunes Collectors Edition: Canine Corps” VHS only.
- “Double or Mutton” (1955): “Looney Tunes Video Show, Volume 3” VHS release only.
- “Steal Wool” (1957): “Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3” and “Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 3.”
- “Ready, Woolen and Able” (1960): “Road Runner & Wile D. Coyote: Looney Tunes, Chariots of Fur.”
- “A Sheep in the Deep” (1962): Looney Tunes: Assorted Nuts” laserdisc
- “Woolen Under Where” (1963)
From Great Britain, a dog-loving country, comes Wallace and Gromit. Wallace is the bald bachelor owner of Gromit. Wallace is an inventor, but Gromit, who is silent, is often the more sensible of the two.
- “A Close Shave”: This 1995 short is about Wallace falling in love with Wendolene, a wool shop owner, while Gromit is framed for sheep rustling. It is available on Amazon Instant. Free for Prime members.
- “The Wrong Trousers” : This 1993 short is about Wallace mechanical trousers that are used by a criminal penguin. On Amazon Instant. Free for Prime members.
- “A Grand Day Out”: This 1989 short is about Wallace and Gromit taking an outing to the moon for some cheese and the robot that lives there. Free on Amazon.
- “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”: This 2005 feature-length movie is about garden sabotage and Wallace and Gromit solving a mystery. On Amazon Instant for $2.99.
There are more animated movies with dogs, but these are my favorites. What are your favorites?