The dog is not only man’s best friend in real life, he is also on screen, and although many of those canine movie stars are breed, there are also many stray dogs that, after having spent their lives in kennels or homeless, they found a second chance at the seventh art as the protagonists or allies of many of our favorite stories. Meet some of them.
Monte – The Lady and the Tramp
In the live action version of the animated Disney story we see a new adaptation of the love between Lady and Tramp, which was released in late 2019 for the Disney + platform.
Monte, the dog that plays the « bum, » is a terrier mix that was rescued from the streets of New Mexico in the United States and transferred to a kennel in Phoenix, Arizona. There he was adopted when he saw that he met the characteristics of the character.
Rin Tin Tin
Rin Tin Tin was a German shepherd who was rescued by American Lee Duncan from a kennel devastated by World War I in France. Later they were inspired by the history of the dog and he himself appeared in movies and on television programs as the protagonist.
Today you can visit his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Aleister – Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
In the 2012 film starring Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley, Aleister plays Sorry, an abandoned dog that gives Carell’s character a reason to live when death is imminent.
Before her debut on the tape, Aleister had several commercial appearances. He was rescued from a California shelter.
Rudy – Marley and me
Many labrador puppies gave life to the memorable Marley of the film starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Anniston, but a rescued puppy named Rudy was the one who had more screen time in that story.
Rudy was originally rescued from the Hillsborough County Animal Shelter in Florida.
Uggie – Water for Elephants and The Artist
Uggie was rescued by a dog trainer in Los Angeles, with the intention of finding him a new home. However, he ended up becoming a star, initially starring in Water for Elephants as the Queenie puppy. Uggie also won the Palm Dog Award in 2011 and the Golden Collar Award in 2012 and was the first dog to leave his footprints in cement outside Gruman’s famous Chinese Theater.
Uggie also appeared in The Artist, which won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2012.
Maui – Mad about You
Mad About You was an iconic 90s comedy, and Maui, a mix of Collie and Shepherd, was arguably one of his most beloved characters. Maui gave birth to the cub of Jaime Buchman (Helen Hunt) and Paul Buchman (Paul Reiser) between 1992 and 1999.
Maui was rescued from a shelter in California.
Spike – His most loyal friend
The 1957 Disney film starred an adorable dog named Spike, who was adopted from a Van Nuys, California shelter when he was still a puppy.
When he auditioned for the role he had to train to be rougher as he was a very calm and sweet puppy.
Sandy – Annie
Sandy, a beige terrier mix, starred in the Annie Broadway musical from 1977 to 1983. Sandy was a stray puppy that was about to be asleep at the Connecticut Humane Society, but trainer William Berloni adopted him in 1976 and gave him a star career.
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Interestingly, the dog that starred in Annie’s 2012 staging on Broadway was also a stray dog named Bunny.
Higgings – Benji
Higgins was adopted in 1960 from the Burbank Animal Shelter in California by trainer and breeder Frank Inn. After making his screen debut at Petticoat Junction, his stardom came thanks to the movie Benji. According to the Humane Society, Higgins’ history as a refuge dog led to the adoption of 1 million more thanks to the tape.
In addition, in 1966 he won the PATSY award for Best Canine in 1966.
Dog – Mad Max 2
George Miller auditioned over 100 dogs to play Dog, who would be Max Rockatansky’s faithful companion in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. Finally, the chosen dog was an Australian Shepherd who was about to be slaughtered at the local kennel.
When filming ended, he was adopted by Max and Dale Aspin, the movie’s stunt coordinator and animal trainer, respectively.
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Eugenia Rivas Calderón Slytherin lover of those films that shake your hand so you can enter and live in them.
My favorite directors are Wim Wenders and Yorgos Lanthimos, but I’m easily surprised by the series.