5 Disney Dog Movies To Watch On National Puppy Day
Today is National Puppy Day. And, so, I thought we'd talk about 5 Disney dog movies that you can enjoy while social distancing yourself during the Coronavirus pandemic. I didn't include movies like 101 Dalmatians and the animated Lady and the Tramp as I thought I'd go with movies less traveled. Also, all these movies are ready for streaming on Disney+.
Bolt is one of Disney's under appreciated animated films. The film is about a dog who stars as a superhero and who suddenly finds himself all the way across the country. Bolt must get back to Hollywood and his beloved Penny. With the help of a cat named Mittens and a hamster named Rhino, he travels the country to return home. The problem is he truly believes he has the super powers he has on the show, but learns he is stronger with or without powers. It's a charming film with great music.
Based on the book by Jack London, White Fang tells the tale of a man named Jack trying to fulfill his father's wish to strike gold in the Yukon valley. Along the way, Jack befriends a wolf dog that he names White Fang. This film is a wonderful adventure in the wild with beautiful locales. A young Ethan Hawke as Jack does a great job trying to tame the beast and the harsh surroundings.
Lady and the Tramp
I didn't include the animated version of this film, but wanted to give a shout out to the 2019 live action Disney+ exclusive movie. The film follows the story of the animated version fairly faithful. It's an excellent film that deserves attention. It's actually one of my favorite Disney remakes.
Old Yeller tells the tale of two brother named Travis and Arliss who adopt a stray dog. Despite a bumpy start, the dog fits into the family like a glove. Brave and loyal, Old Yeller will steal your heart. So, it hurts when tragedy strikes at the end of the film. This is the quintessential weepy film. So, don't watch if you don't want to cry.
There are two versions of Frankenweenie, but I wanted to highlight the 1984 original film which was also directed by Tim Burton. This short film tells the tale of a young "mad scientist" named Victor who sees his beloved dog Sparky get hit by a car and die. Victor, in despair, decides to bring his dog back to life which causes all kinds of problems as the neighborhood comes to fear him. It's a really sweet film that doesn't get a lot of attention.