“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)
I’m usually not a fan of these clickbait polls, but this new study cited on Business Insider seems to find most dog lovers have a serious bias towards their furrier friends. (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)
Sometimes a dog isn’t just a dog — as we’ve seen these past few years with the explosion of commercials using celebrity dog spokesmodels discovered on Instagram and Twitter. These well-paid (and surely well-fed) “pet influencers” get book deals, endorsement deals, and TV shows — but I’m still not convinced how well they take direction — as this recent article in (The New York Times) explains.
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…
On this 4th of July holiday weekend, why not snuggle up with a (somewhat) patriotic dog book? Bronwen Dickey’s excellent new non-fiction title, Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon, clears up the myths and misconceptions of America’s most demonized dog breed — and also shows the cruel part that humans have played in abusing this loyal animal’s reputation.
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)
Peanut butter and jelly goes together like peanut butter and…dogs? That seems to be the hilarious theme discovered by Greg Murray for his brilliant new doggie photo book, For the Love of Peanut Butter. So, go to Kickstarter to help him — and all his models — satisfy their hunger! (SFGate)