Following the successful release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes we couldn’t help but think of all the animals (real or not) that have helped to make some of our most loved movies a triumph. We’ve picked out five of our favourite furry friends:
An absolute classic. Thora Birch stars alongside Harvey Keitel in the 1994 release Monkey Trouble. The kids’ flick follows Eva and her (surprisingly good pick-pocket) pet monkey Dodger – who are both on the run from gangster Azro.
Troubled teen Jesse be-friends a captive and endangered whale, Willy, and helps to set him free in the ocean. Massive tear jerker. Enough said.
Dunston Checks In
We’re not quite sure whether it’s Eric Llyod’s bowl shaped haircut, Jason Alexander’s grumpy expressions or the cuteness of the Orangutan but Dunston Checks In is a must watch.
A 1993 family adventure movie based on three pets that go missing in the wild. Cue an hour and a half of action including bears, mountain cats and porkupines.
Marley & Me
Although we weren’t overly excited about watching this one, we had to include it. The entire movie (based on John Grogan’s original novel) is about the crazy, energetic dog Marley and how he helps to shape a family’s life and relationships.