10 Best Animal Movies
● By Wendy Sipple
If you’re an animal lover, then you’ve likely seen all these favorites…multiple times! But there’s a few you might have forgotten about, so grab you Kleenex and curl up with the kiddies for these memorable flicks.
101 Dalmatians – (an advertisement for spaying and neutering your pets?) The Disney Classic that never, ever gets old. Teaches us that nothing’s stronger than family, and that Dalmatian coats are EVIL.
Babe – LA LA LA! LA LA LA! The life of a farm pig rarely has a happy ending, but like his cousin Wilbur the humble pig, Babe charms his way off the chopping block. A beautiful tale of love and friendship for all ages.
Benji – like a modern-day Lassie, Benji’s a dog who sure knows how to look out for his people. This 1983 cult classic is a keeper. Would that we were all lucky enough to have a guardian puppy like Benji!
Charlotte’s Web – Not even Field of Dreams or Schindler’s List can rival the flood of tears that this perennial animated classic brings. Beautiful story of the cycle of life…and the value of having a friend (or a pet) who can spell.
Curious George – As much an evergreen tale of pet ownership as a tale of parenting, the brilliant catastrophes wrought by the curious little monkey is beautifully brought to life in the 2006 animated movie featuring Will Ferrell and Drew Barrymore.
E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial: Okay, so no-one has an alien for a pet. But at its heart Steven Spielberg’s ET is a story of friendship, and the unbreakable bond a true companion brings to a child.
Homeward Bound – The incredible journey of Shadow the Golden Retriever, Sassy the cat, and Chance the bulldog that makes pet owners want to hug their pets, and non-pet owners want to own one. This is a movie even your pets will love!
National Velvet – Elizabeth Taylor & Mickey Rooney star in this 1944 classic. Velvet Brown rescues horse Pie from the glue factory, and together they form an unbreakable bond that takes them all the way to the Grand National Steeplechase.
Stuart Little – Grouchy old Doctor House (Hugh Laurie) puts on a happy face with Geena Davis and Michael J Fox in this adorable adaptation. A wonderful message of unconditional love for all creatures, big or little.
Turner & Hooch – Nothing quite captures the bizarre life of a Mastiff pet owner quite like Turner and Hooch. Tom Hanks brings the laughs as he slowly befriends the drooling, gnawing, loyal-to-the-end lovable dog that is Hooch. •