Some things just can’t be faked by CGI and probably shouldn’t. In the case of how well a dog can be trained it’s a lot more impressive to let the canine stars do their thing than it is to spend a lot of money on CGI that’s just not as impressive. It might take a lot longer to train them, but when they get the trick the effect is impressive and incredible really. Dog’s are fairly intelligent on their own, but when they’re trained to perform a certain task they tend to go to with as much intensity as a human being and can often outperform their human counterparts when it comes to movie performances.
Here are a few movies that show you how well a dog can be trained and what kind of contribution they can make to a film.
5. Milo – The Mask
Milo is the spunky and highly intelligent pet of Stanley Ipkiss, a nice guy that’s disrespected and for the most part neglected by most people in life. Thankfully the little guy loves his on screen owner and takes great direction when it comes to doing tricks. I mean seriously, how often do you see a dog actually taking direction like this to such a great extent?
4. Hercules – The Sandlot
There’s not a lot of training that needed to be done here, at least not a lot in comparison to others. Hercules is a big dog after all and all he wants to do is play. When he releases the ball it might be seen as a challenge but really all it boils down to is that the big guy wants someone to play with him. Big yard, no kids, but plenty of balls to throw=a very bored, and territorial, pooch.
3. Speck – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
So Speck didn’t do much. So what? He certainly looked like he was reading Pee Wee the riot act over the phone and that was good enough. Little dogs seem to always have the biggest mouths when it comes to film or real life, sort of like a small man complex for canines. Anyway, Speck didn’t do much in this film but when he was around his presence was made to be known.
2. Nanook – The Lost Boys
This is the kind of dog you want watching your back no matter what. Nanook isn’t too sure about the stuffed animals and other things that Sam and Mike’s grandpa has lying around the house, but figures they’re essentially harmless it would seem. But when Michael comes barging in looking like a man ready to cause some mayhem Nanook is all business. The snarling alone is impressive.
1. Gus – Iron Will
At one time sled dogs were born and raised for one thing only, to pull sleds. It was something that was bred into them for so many generations that many today will not fight against the urge to guide, pull, or otherwise tug at someone until they get moving. The lead dog used in Iron Will was in fact an honest to goodness sled dog, so his urgency is very real.
Dogs are known as man’s best friend, but sometimes they can be real hams too.