10 top movies about man’s best friend

2017-06-30 11:37
 

Cape Town - Now that school’s out for the winter break, why not stream these furtastic, feel-good family movies about pups, pooches and poodles on internet TV?

1.The Adventures of TinTin: The Secret of the Unicorn

TinTin may be the hero of this story, but he wouldn’t be half as brave without his trusty dog Snowy. This brilliant and groundbreaking 3D animated movie was directed by Steven Spielberg and is a thrill ride for the whole family - even those too young to have fallen in love with the original comic book character. 

Watch the trailer here:

Available on Showmax.

2. 101 Dalmatians

In this series based on the Disney classic movie, three adorable Dalmatian puppies get up to all sorts of exciting exploits in their new farm home, along with their confused friend Spot the chicken. They must foil their old enemy Cruella de Vil, who is constantly plotting to torment the Dalmatians, make more money and to steal the farm from Roger and Anita Dearly.

Watch the intro here:

Available on Showmax.

3. Fluke

Fluke is a wrong-coloured golden retriever puppy who is raised on the streets and, thanks to his streetwise friend Rumbo (voiced by Samuel L Jackson), discovers something profound about his past. But then he is kidnapped by the evil Sylvester (Ron Perlman, who you may recognise as Hell Boy), who wants to use Fluke for experiments in his cosmetics company. Will Fluke ever get back to his real family?

Watch the trailer here:

Available on Showmax.

4. Good Boy!

When 12-year-old Owen finally gets a dog of his own, he thinks he’s found a friend for life. But then he discovers that the scruffy dog he’s named Hubble is actually an alien sent from outer space to colonise the Earth, along with all the other dogs in the world. Now the dog overlord the Greater Dane is on her way to Earth to do an inspection. If Hubble and the others haven’t fulfilled their mission, they’ll all be sent back to outer space. Listen out for the voices of Matthew Broderick as Rubble, the late Brittany Murphy as nervous Nelly, and Vanessa Redgrave as the Greater Dane.

Watch the trailer here:

Available on Showmax.

5. Hotel for Dogs

Andi (Emma Roberts) and her younger brother Bruce really want a dog, but their new foster home doesn’t allow pets. They get the idea to convert an abandoned hotel into a shelter for the dogs roaming the streets. Soon, with the help of their friends, they turn the building into a world of fun and excitement for the pooches. But a local dog catcher might be onto them, not to mention nosy neighbours and other meddling adults! Can they keep their doggy paradise a secret?

Watch the trailer here:

Available on Showmax.

6. Chestnut: Hero of Central Park

Sal and Ray are orphans at a convent. When Sal finds a Great Dane puppy in the bushes, she decides to keep it – but she needs all her fellow orphans to help her hide little Chestnut from the nuns. Then Sal and Ray get adopted and need to keep Chestnut, who’s growing fast, hidden from their new parents, too, because their apartment doesn’t allow dogs. With Abigail Breslin in one of her first-ever roles as Ray.

Watch the trailer here:

Available on Showmax.

7. All Dogs Go to Heaven 2

The story does not end for Charlie Barkin, the street dog whose noble actions land him in heaven. An old nemesis steals the Horn of Gabriel, throwing the afterlife into disarray. Charlie is sent back down to Earth with his best mate Itchy to retrieve the horn. Watch the adventure from the original classic movie continue in this heart-warming and funny musical animation featuring Charlie Sheen and Dom DeLuise.

Watch the trailer here:

Available on Showmax.

8. Scooby-Doo: The Movie

The first Scooby-Doo live action movie based on the long-running animated series stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, late-90s golden boy Freddie Prinze Jr as Fred, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy and Linda Cardellini as Velma. (Daphne and Fred are romantically involved in the movie, and Gellar and Prinze, who you can also see in rom-coms from 2000, Down to You and Boys and Girls, are married IRL.) The sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed is also on Netflix. Both films are great fun for older kids and for grown-ups who grew up on the animated series.

Watch the trailer here:

Available on Netflix.

9. Marmaduke

From Scooby-Doo to another lovable Great Dane: Marmaduke first appeared in a comic strip that ran from 1954 to 2015. In this movie, Marmaduke and the Winslows move to California, where Marmaduke finds himself going to great (ahem) lengths to win over the Collie of his dreams, including crashing a pedigrees-only party. This movie is fantastically easy to watch and good for a laugh - plus, it’s got an all-star cast. Owen Wilson, Emma Stone, Steve Coogan, Kiefer Sutherland and the Wayans Brothers lend the dogs their voices, while the likes of William H Macy (in a very different role to the one he plays in for-adult-eyes-only series Shameless) and Judy Greer play the humans.

Watch the trailer here:

Available on Netflix.

10. Wallace and Gromit short films

A Grand Day Out, the first short film featuring the well-loved British claymation duo, Wallace the inventor and his remarkably smart dog Gromit, was released in 1989 and was nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 1990. The Wrong Trousers came three years later, and both short films currently have a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, which should tell you all you need to know about their quality. They offer enough slapstick comedy to entertain the kids (especially those who are fans of Shaun the Sheep, which is a spin-off of the same franchise) and buckets of nostalgic charm to satisfy their parents’ longing for simpler days.

Watch the trailer for Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers here:

Both short films are available on Amazon Prime.

Showmax also has a drool-worthy boxset that houses more series and movies about our loyal, goofy furry friends - check it out!

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