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5 Movies with Dogs that Kids Will Love

Updated on November 1, 2017
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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 with dogs because they are so predictable. That is what makes them so much fun to watch. Kids love the fact that they know what is going to happen at the end of the movie. The story is very stressful to watch because the dog gets stolen, but is returned by the end of the movie.

The dog gets hurt, and there is an emotional reunion between the owner and the dog at the end. Very rarely the dog dies. Most the time the dog lives with a very happy ending. Kids love watching these movies over and over, again.

1. Beethoven

Beethoven is a true classic dog movie with several sequels following the original. Kids need to see the original movie 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.

There is another hilarious scene where George (Gordon) hits the vet (Jones) but I couldn't find it on YouTube and post it here.

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 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. 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

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. The bumbling criminals are funny in this clip.

Bumbling Criminals

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.

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 movies over and over, again.

© 2017 Kenna McHugh


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      Kenna McHugh 6 months ago from Northern California

      What is your favorite dog movie?