“In the future, your dog will tell you how to survive.”
Harlan Ellison, the strikingly original — and some might add bizarre, combative, and controversial — sci-fi writer whose credits included Star Trek and many more dozens of TV shows and screenplays, died yesterday at the age of 84.
With his extremely provocative Stephen King meets Disney-style, Ellison was also one of the early innovators of the “talking dog” movie, as seen below in the 1975 apocalyptic cult classic, A Boy and His Dog, which starred a young Don Johnson.
Yes, Wes Anderson’s new comedy, Isles of Dogs, had a special screening for dogs and their humans. Milk Duds not included (hopefully)! (NYT)
The Dodo’s Facebook show, COMEBACK KIDS: ANIMAL EDITION, has become so popular online — over 130 million views — that there’s talk it may be moving to cable soon! (BI)
Wes Anderson, the colorful director of The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel, has made an epic stop-motion animated movie about dogs…
GEICO has long been known for its charming (though some might say annoying) talking lizard spokesanimal — but the insurance behemoth has sprinted ahead of the pack with this new clever Pamplona spoof! (YouTube)
Captain Underpants might be cutting loose on the big screens this weekend — but best-selling author Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man series has been wooing (and woofing up) underage book buyers for almost a year now…
“While dogs think people are God, cats don’t…They know better.”
If you’re into foreign films and cat flicks, then Kedi, a new flick about stray kitties roaming the streets of Istanbul, Turkey might be right up your alley….
First off, let me just say that I loved the book, A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron, and was really looking forward to seeing the movie…
And then the horrific TMZ video came out, documenting potential abuse by the dog trainers on the set of the film. The writers, producers, and actors involved in the production — along with millions of moviegoers — were all justifiably horrified by what they saw on the disturbing clip.
However, later, after Cameron and the studio execs viewed ALL of the footage that took place during that day of filming, it was revealed that the video clip had been edited out of context to maximize the impact of the traumatic footage.
Unfortunately, by that point, the
cat pooch was out of the bag, so to speak.
Gavin Polone, the big dog lover/producer on the film, wrote a compelling Hollywood Reporter column breaking down the whole incident, which explains the nasty dog fight brewing between PETA and Hollywood. (I’m assuming that part of PETA’s position has to do with the sad fact that past dog movies like 101 Dalmatians and Beverly Hills Chihuahua have inspired numerous “bad fad” pet adoptions — which later resulted in countless Dalmatians and Chihuahuas being returned back to rescue shelters once the new owners got “bored” with their new puppies and couldn’t handle all the responsibilities that it takes in caring for an animal.)
Tragically, no matter where you stand on this issue, there are no winners, as all dog movie fans and dog rescue advocates alike have been harmed during the making of this film.
The best-selling novel, A Dog’s Purpose, will soon have dog lovers arguing the age-old adaptation question, “Which is better — the book or the movie?”
If anything could unite this country, it’s probably not a politician — but a lovable Dachshund — if you believe the trailer for Wiener-Dog (not to be confused with Weiner, the documentary about the controversial former New York U.S. representative). This little IFC release tells the story of one dog’s life tied together by four different owners.
Since it’s an indie film directed by Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse), chances are the movie might be a bit of a downer — but at least this trailer looks like it has a few definite feel-good doggie moments!
(SPOILER ALERT: It has been brought to my attention that the ending of this movie is very disturbing, especially for Dachshund/dog lovers, so please beware!)
Here’s “The Present” — an award-winning student film from future Pixar animation wunderkinds, Jacob Frey and Markus Krantzler — that is a gift to all dog lovers! (Vimeo)
This week while everybody’s talking Broncos and Panthers in Super Bowl 50 –– not to mention Puppy Bowls — there’s also a big cat fight brewing at the cineplexes.
If you’re a cat lover, then you’re in Seventh Heaven — and I don’t mean the TV show! We’re talkin’ talking kitty movies, baby. Key & Peele’s Keanu vs. the Kevin Spacey-voiced Nine Lives…
“Every love story is a ghost story.” – David Foster Wallace
Laurie Anderson, the well-known performance artist, uses DFW’s words and more in her new deeply personal film about love and loss, as she documents her difficult experiences with losing family members, spouses (Lou Reed), and, of course, her lovely Rat terrier, Lolabelle, in Heart of A Dog.
Ever wanted to experience a day in the life of a professional cat photographer? Well, now you can get all the hairball-y details in Mark Zemel’s adorable new short doc, The Purrtraitist! (The Atlantic)