1. OH HEAVENLY DOG-1980
This film stars Chevy Chase who considers it his worst film and refuses to watch it. I saw this in the theatre and would like to see it again because I thought it was a nice movie. It stars Chevy Chase as a PI on a case only to be killed and given the ability to go back as a dog. From then on we only hear Chase’s voice but we don’t see him. Benji is the dog that comes back to find his killer and meets up with the young woman he asked out before he was killed played by the beautiful Jane Seymour. Benji got star billing because this is one famous dog. Actually Higgins, who starred in Petticoat Junction(tv show) became hugely famous as the star of Benji, a film I almost used today. Sadly he died before this film came out but his daughter, named Benji, was the star. Humm, I wonder if Chevy's ego was hurt...probably.
2. THE BEAR-1988
This is a film about an orphaned young bear, yup loses his mom to hunters, who tries to survive the brutal world, he ends up meeting up with a male bear who has no desire to have this youngin’ tag along but soon this older bear starts teaching the young one and becomes his protector especially from the hunters. Bart the bear is one huge bear with a distinctive lower lip that can make him look quite menacing as in the film, The Edge. I still am on pins and needles for the little bear but I am so happy Bart is there for him. Bart was a sweetheart and a true gentle giant.
This was a film Viggo Mortensen made right after Lord Of The Rings, where he did most of his own stunts and bought the horse after the film was done. This is based on a true story where an alcoholic cowboy who is part of the Wild West Show, is given the chance to partake in a gruelling 3,000 mile race in Arabia. He goes only to be ridiculed because of his Pinto horse who has a mind of its own. This horse is his saviour and gets the respect of the men and women who are part of this race. This is a good ole fashioned adventure film that is worth watching.
Which 3 films would you choose?
I have to pay tribute to Rin Tin Tin who may have won the first oscar for best actor until the academy said that one could not vote for animals. This dog is the reason German Shepherds became a regular dog in North America.