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Oscar the Parrot: Talented Animal Actor

Updated on June 10, 2019
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I've written, contributed to several books on film, and worked in the film industry. I like to share the insights of the movie business.

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Oscar the Parrot

Animal actors are amazing creatures because they have a hidden talent, so few of us understand. We try to tap into their psyche, but the animals evade us. We wonder how does the director get those animals, like Oscar, do those cute and adorable antics.

The animal trainers work with the director and animal actors. Together the animal trainers have the gift and help animal actors shine.

Oscar, the parrot, happened to be one of those animal actors. His talent stole scenes from other actors, and his personality gives pause. He passed away, but his movies keep his memory alive.

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Talented and Gifted Bird

The film industry lost one of the most talented parrots in the movie business. It is with great sadness that the star of several movies has passed away.

The bird's last movie appropriately called A Bird of the Air, Oscar the Parrot had a glorious career and an unprecedented career-spanning live theater, television with Fantasy Island, print advertising, and film with movies like Home Alone 3.

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"A Bird in the Air" - Oscar's Last Movie

In Oscar’s last movie, he plays a smart-alecky parrot, who meets up with an unconventional librarian, played Rachel Nichols. Somehow, they end up disrupting the life of a private man named Lyman, played by Jackson Hurst, who is not sociable. He works the graveyard shift for as a security officer, patrolling around in his truck. He became orphaned at four years old when his parents died in a car wreck. He only knows his last name and estimated the year of his birth.

Oscar flies into his trailer and starts talking with words like 'Shut up!" and "I'm an eagle!" Lyman decides he must find the parrots owner. The quest leads him to the librarian named Fiona, played by Rachel Nichols. Over the years, her curiosity and attraction of Lyman from afar finally comes to fruition. She offers her help to find the parrot’s owners if Lyman doesn’t like it or not.

Another animal comes into the story. Fiona’s basset hound makes the whole situation off kilter. All four begin their search for Oscar’s owner. Fiona unravels the secrecies of Lyman's past and realizes something about his past needs clarity.

Fiona and Lyman go on his nightly security rounds together, and she sees a different man compared to her romantic attraction. He is different when he’s a security officer, and she feels uncomfortable about it. As the movie winds down, Lyman reconciles his past, breaks free of his murky lifestyle. They prepare a life together.


True Actor with Wings

Oscar lived beyond his sixtieth birthday, and he did not show his age in his final movie, A Bird of the Air. His fellow human actors adored him, and they spoke of his professionalism and kindness toward the crew on the set. The indie romantic comedy includes some of the best moments for Oscar. His talent shines, and he will always be in our hearts.

"Paulie" the Movie

One of Oscar's most famous movies is Paulie. The movie is about a parrot, played by Oscar, being passed around from owner to owner.

The bird makes friends with a little girl, but they get separated. Eventually, Paulie bought by a widow named Ivy. She and the parrot become fast friends, and they agree that she should help him find Marie, who moved to the west coast. The widow decides to travel by using her mobile home.

Slowly, Ivy loses her sight during their trip, Paulie makes the decision to stay, and take care of her. Ivy eventually passes away, and Paulie learns to fly and continues his journey to find his friend.

Talented Parrot

Oscar made so many movies and helped other animal actors break into the business. He leaves behind a legacy, and no other parrot can fill his feathers. It is a phenomenon how Hollywood creates a story and adds a parrot and the whole dynamic of the story shifts.

Oscar worked in the movies before animal trainers became a household word. Oscar helped so many animal trailers, too. He showed them how to guide animals through a scene, so they delivered what the director wanted.

Oscar flew off to find a new place to talk parrot and entertain people. Rest in peace, Oscar, you are dearly loved.

© 2011 Kenna McHugh

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