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5 Best Dog Movies Kids Will Love

Updated on March 7, 2018
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Kenna worked on many productions as PA, Craft Services, Talent Scout, Grip, and Producer. Credits include Bowling for Columbine, Wallace.

Movies with Dogs

Kids love movies about dogs because they are so predictable. Most of us grew up with Clifford the Big Red Dog movies and Hallmark dog movies. We watched them over and over again.

Dog movies are so much fun to watch. Kids love the fact that they know what is going to happen at the end of the movie. They watch them over and over because they know what they like - best dog movies.

The story is very stressful to watch because the dog gets stolen or lost, but is returned or found by the end of the movie. The dog gets hurt, and there is an emotional reunion between the owner and the dog. Very rarely the dog dies. Most the time the dog lives with a very happy ending.

An interesting point is not very many dog movies are about girl dogs. Girl dog movies are very rare because they have been discriminated. What is wrong with a girl dog movie?

Out of all the dog moves that have been produced, I have listed my favorite. I hope you agree.

5. My Dog Skip

Based on a well-known writer’ memoirs, My Dog Skip takes place during WWII and stars two great talents, Kevin Bacon and Diane Lane. The dog doesn’t’ get stolen, but Willie and Skip are fast friends as they turn bullies into friends, tangle with ill-fated moonshiners, who threaten to kill the dog. A pretty girl is drawn to Skip, who brings her and Willie together.

The conflict of the movie is Willie’s dad thinks he should have real friends instead of a dog. But, Willie overcomes that as he grows up. The most stressful scene is near the end when Skip runs away because Willie’s temper flares up, and he kicks Skip. Willie apologizes for his behavior, and skip forgives him. All in all, a beautifully told story. Here is the ending, grab a tissue.

1. Beethoven

Beethoven is a true classic dog movie with several sequels following the original. Kids need to see the original movie first because the movie stars Charles Gordon and the late Dean Jones. Both are brilliant. Gordon plays the father who brings the lovable dog home and soon finds Beethoven growing way too big for his liking. Jones is cast against type, which is entertaining. He is the evil Vet and tries to kidnap the dog. Bonnie Hunt plays Gordon’s wife and mother of their adorable kids.

Watch the movie and you will notice several up and coming actors of the time including Stanley Tucci, Oliver Platt, and David Duchovny.

Here is a hilarious scene where Beethoven comes in from playing in the mud. Gordon holds his own in the scene, but the dog steals the show.

Another hilarious scene is where George (Gordon) hits the vet (Jones) but I couldn't find it on YouTube and post it here. To see that scene, you have to watch the movie.

2. Hachi: A Dog's Tale

Hachi is not like other dog movies. Hachi doesn’t go missing or get kidnapped. The movie is based on a true story about a dog’s devotion to his master. The true story is about a dog’s loyalty to his master. Richard Gere stars as the owner of Hachi. Joan Allen plays Gere’s wife, and Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) plays Carl the store owner. I don't want to say too much about the movie because it is a simple tale but powerful. Make sure you have a box of tissue because the story is a tear jerker and heartwarming.

3. Air Bud

Air Bud is your basic dog story, but he doesn’t really get stolen. He runs away from the original owner because he abused him. Bud is a golden retriever and has a knack for playing basketball really well. He brightens up high schooler named Josh because he helps him play better basketball.

The best scene in the movie is when Bud has to choose between the original owner and Josh. It’s a long scene where Josh is going, “Come here, Buddy.” Will Bud go back to the abusive owner or stay with Josh? Enjoy the trailer. I love the line, “Mom, remember when I had a hamster?”

4. 101 Dalmations

Here is one of the few girl dog movies that should be mentioned. I know I am pushing the envelope when I say it is a girl dog movie, but the Perdita, wife of Pongo, plays an important role, the mother of the stolen dalmatians. Even though the Disney cartoon characters seemed entertaining, the movie is very stressful. Cruella De Vil has the pups stolen, so she can have their fur. This scene shows her trying to buy them.

When I first watch the movie as a kid, I truly believed that an animal network existed where all animals could talk to each other around the world and help each other that way.

With that take a look at the bumbling criminals. They are funny in this clip.

Bumbling Criminals

Kids love dog movies because the stories are so real even though some dogs play basketball. The story can be stressful, but the stress adds to the excitement of the movie, making the happy ending even more enjoyable.

Most the time the dog steals the limelight because they are so cute, cuddly, and innocent, validating the fact that kids watch these dog movies over and over, again.

© 2017 Kenna McHugh

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      Kenna McHugh 

      16 months ago from Northern California

      What is your favorite dog movie?

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