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A Dog’s Purpose – BOYCOTT Animal Movies

“He wants to get away, just throw him in”

For god’s sake, don’t we already have enough Movies about animals, especially about our so-called “pets” – dogs and cats?   I don’t watch movies with Animals in them usually because even though the American Humane Society or similar is supposed to monitor the filming for animal cruelty, well, isn’t animal cruelty like “beauty” in the eye of the human beholder?

http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/movies/upcoming-movies/animal-cruelty-disturbing-leaked-video-from-film-set-horrifies-viewers/news-story/98be114add016b7fbf312875226ab791

It is artificial and taste-less to me forcing animals into raging waters or similar scenarios, because that is what the human film-makers ARE doing.  They do not nicely “ask” the animal to go into the artificial water or to plunge off a waterfall somehow ( like pointing invitingly to the water or calling them invitingly into raging waters, or talking to them telepathically ) to which the dog happily obeys –  do they??

Take “Milo and Otis” for example.  Disgusting treatment of live aware / sentient beings.

How many kittens, cats and dogs were maimed or killed during the making of this Japanese made movie, which had NO monitoring of its treatment of animals??  Do your own research, and watch the movie and if you have a brain, you will see the abuse suffered by animals in this movie.

So what, many people cry.  They are only dumb animals.  We human beings have the right to control animals.  The animals in Movies are well treated ( apart from being thrown off a waterfall, or being put in front of a viper snake which has had its fangs removed – though the cat doesn’t know that ).   They will get over it, it doesn’t cause long term harm.

Well, how do you know what the effects are?? 

Human beings are also Animals.  Non-human animals behave alot better than many Homo sapiens, if you ask me.  Non-human animals are loyal, don’t ask for much, they are honest, yes they compete in the wild for resources ( food and relationships with other animals ) and may seem to some exhibit un-tasteful behaviour,  BUT it is according to their Universal Laws to survive; while human beings let themselves become lazier and stupider even with the promise of technology ( too easy to use computers for long distance and in-personal communication ), and try to make money from exploiting animals.

Well, I for one, don’t want new made up movies so called about the wonderful animal world.  If I want to relate to an animal, I will go and find one in its natural setting ( or watch an ethically made Documentary ).   Join me in NOT going to see “A Dog’s Purpose” or any other movie with animal “stars”.    The links below are the reference for this post.

http://www.tmz.com/2017/01/18/a-dogs-purpose-video-suspension/?source=gravity&ADID=most-popular

http://www.animalsmattertoo.com/articles/miloandotiscruelty.htm

https://blindoggbooks.wordpress.com/tag/the-dog-fighter-movie/

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UPDATE

The premiere of the movie touted to celebrate the relationship between Homo sapien and Canine animals ( ironic ) has been cancelled.  No dogs were killed or maimed in the making of this movie, yes, but how would you a Human Being, like being forced to do something you are terrified of, especially when the reason for it is not justified ???

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/jan/20/a-dogs-purpose-premiere-video-german-shepherd

Life of Pi

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Siberian Tiger – Original Painting by   Jason Morgan

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I am looking forward to seeing this movie “The Life of Pi” which starts screening in Australia on 1 January 2013.  It is based upon a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel, basically about a teenaged boy, with great knowledge about animals, finding himself stranded at sea with a Bengal tiger – and embarks upon a mystical adventure. The book would be good to read too, I think.

If you have seen this movie, please don’t discuss the story-line / theme here, because this post is just to flag that I WILL be seeing it, and am excited about doing so.  I recommend others see it, even though I haven’t yet.   It is directed by Ang Lee, whom also directed one of my favourite movies, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.   The official film site can be found    here.

Sugar – the cat that travelled1500 miles to rejoin her family

It isn’t evident today what attracted the Egyptians to cats, but they believed cats had divine qualities. The penalty for killing a cat was death. Several cat temples and graveyards have been discovered in Egypt. Today the nimble cat is often seen jumping surprising distances, but it also has an ability that isn’t as widely known. Some cats have demonstrated the aptitude to find their way back to their owners when lost or left behind.

The relationship between a human being and his/her animal companion(s) seemingly constitute a special case of conscious connection.  Thousands of recorded instances testify to the almost incredible paranormal effects which the strong emotional links between pets and their owners may have in times of grief or fear. There are numerous stories of pets separated from their owners over enormous distances and finding them again after untold hardships.

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Poll: Which are your Favourite animated movies – with Animals ?

Choose the top 3 that you love !  Note,  for sake of convenience and display, I put series together, so you might like Ice Age 1 (my very favourite) but not like Ice Age 2 or 3, however just choose “Ice Age 1, 2 & 3” and that will mean you love Ice Age 1 or Ice Age 2 or Ice Age 3 or a mix of them (sorry I didn’t have time to type in “or” rather than & when setting up the Poll) !!

I tried to put in the most popular movies.   I have not included long running televsion series, like “Road Runner”, “Bugs Bunny”, “Scooby Doo” and “Mickey Mouse” in this Poll.  I have watched nearly all of these listed (only 2 or 3 in the poll that I haven’t watched) – and if you have any top 3 that are not in this Poll, please feel free to add them in a Comment !!  Thank you for participating (if you do).
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Animals in Cartoons – Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on June 22, 1955, by Buena Vista Distribution. The fifteenth animated feature in the Disney Animated Features Canon, it was the first animated feature filmed in the CinemaScope Widescreen film process. The story, which was based upon a short story called Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog by Ward Greene, centers on a female American Cocker Spaniel named Lady who lives with a refined, upper middle-class family, and a male stray mutt called the Tramp.

A direct-to-video sequel, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure, was released in 2001.

Lady and the Tramp the story of two dogs

Happy Dan the Whistling Dog” was published in an early 1940s edition of the “Cosmopolitan magazine”.   In 1953 Disney published the first edition of “Lady and the Tramp, the story of two dogs” in hardcover, attributing the authorship to Ward Greene.  Currently one of these books is on eBay selling for at least $700.   A 1953 edition signed by Walt Disney himself, sold at Christies for over $3,000.   See links below, if you really want to.   If you won the Lotto, I suppose you could buy the book on eBay, if you wanted to.

Lady and the Tramp – story of Two Dogs – on eBay

Christies –  original Lady and the Tramp book sale

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Mowzer The Mousehole Cat – Tom Bawcock – Cornwall – Stargazy Pie

Mousehole cat

Illustration © Nicola Bayley

http://www.puppetcraft.co.uk/mousehole.html

Mousehole (pronounced ‘Mowzel’) is a small fishing village in West Cornwall about three miles South of Penzance. Every Christmas Mousehole’s pretty harbour is decorated with a spectacular display of lights. As well as the harbour, the surrounding pubs, shops and houses are decorated and the illuminations extend up the road leading out of Mousehole to the South.

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Horses in Movies – Phar Lap, War Horse & Others

Some of the horse movies that I have watched are listed below.

  1. Black Beauty
  2. National Velvet
  3. Phar Lap
  4. Sea Biscuit
  5. Secretariat
  6. The Black Stallion
  7. The Man from Snowy River

My favourite animated movie with horses in it is “Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron”.

The Man from Snowy River was filmed in 1982 in the mountains of Victoria, Australia.  It was partly based upon the poem by A.B. (Banjo) Patterson, which you can read by clicking on the link below the movie poster below.

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 Click here to read the poem “The Man from Snowy River”

To hear the theme music to “The Man from Snowy River” on this site, watch the

Olympics video  here

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Horses in the Lord of the Rings

Who likes the movie and the book, “Lord of the Rings”? Apparently, no animals were harmed in the making of the awesome trilogy which was filmed in beautiful New Zealand. There are lots of horses in the movie and here are the findings of some research that I have done on the horse or equine actors.

The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King

Arod – played by Percy

Arod was ridden by Legolas in the movie, and played by a Percheron cross stallion, called Percy. Orlando Bloom, whom played Legolas (and is my favourite character in the movie) said that Percy was the friendlest horse on the set.

Asfaloth – played by Florian

WARWICK SMITH/Manawatu Standard – Jane puting Florian through a skipping routine at Foxton racecourse, in February 2008

Ridden by Arwen, although in the book, this horse was ridden by Glorfindel, a male elf. In the famous scene in the movie, The Fellowship of the Ring, where the Ringwraiths chase her, the horse is ridden by Arwen’s stunt double, Jane Abbott. The horse that played Asfaloth is a magnificent Andalusian stallion called Florian. Viggo Mortensen, whom played Aragorn, fell in love with some of the horses on the set, and because Jane had such a bond with Florian and expressed a wish to keep him, Viggo actually bought the stallion outright and gifted him to Jane without any monetary recompense!   See   THIS LINK   here more information.


Bill the Pony – played by two horses (and my favourite horse character in the movie)

Bill the Pony, the hobbit horse, was played by two horses -Shane, a Quarter Horse, and Rastus, a Shetland Pony.

See this   link   here for information about the fate of Bill in the movie (warning: if you haven’t watched the movies yet, you might not want to know)


Brego – played by Uraeus

Brego was called Roheryn in the book, and is the steed of Aragorn. It is Brego who lies down, to allow Aragorn to clamber onto his back, in the famous scene where Aragorn is wounded. Brego is played by a Dutch warmblood stallion called Uraeus, and Viggo Mortensen, whom played Aragorn, loved Uraeus so much, he bought him after the movie!

See this link for more information.  UPDATE:  The March 2003 HorseWyse magazine says that a stunt horse, Brownie, did the scene where Aragorn clambers onto the horse’s back!!

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Animals in Movies

Strongheart

Strongheart

Strongheart

An Excerpt from the LA Times newspaper follows – — Los Angeles Times Aug. 2, 1925 and June 25, 1929

Strongheart, born 1917 in Wroclaw, Poland, died June 24, 1929 in Hollywood, was a veteran canine actor, trained in the kennels of the Berlin police department. He had a gallant record of service in the German Red Cross in World War I.

Strongheart’s first picture, “The Silent Call,” met with sensational success. Among his subsequent starring movies were “Brawn of the North,” “The Love Master,” “White Fang” and “North Star.”

The veteran canine actor, especially beloved of children the world over, was the first animal to obtain stardom on the screen. His sensational success was the signal for a mad rush to Hollywood by the masters of his canine brethren.

The name Strongheart was decided upon by the publicity department of the motion-picture studio where the dog first worked. His original name, Etzel Von Oeringen was too long and complicated.

Strongheart has been so well trained in police methods that he can tear the clothing of a person to shreds, knock him about in a terrifying manner, and (for screen purposes) kill him deader than a door nail without leaving a scratch to tell the story.
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