Dog Days: Five Movies About Our Furry Friends

The best things in life have four legs and a tail. We’ve rounded up five canine-centered movies available at Media Services. Spoiler alert: all of these movies have happy endings. So, this list of films is perfect for a feel-good movie night and a break from midterms!

Isle of Dogs

“In a near-future dystopian Japan where all dogs have been banished to a trash island after a flu outbreak, twelve-year-old Atari sets out for the island to find his lost dog Spots.”* This film has spectacular stop-motion visuals and a heartwarming plot. This makes Isle of Dogs a delightful time for both film buffs and casual viewers. Photo credit: Isle of Dogs Poster. Digital Image. People. 5 Feb 2018, https://people.com/pets/isle-of-dogs-movie-poster/

Lady and the Tramp

“The story of Lady, a cocker spaniel, and her romantic adventures with Tramp, her mongrel friend from across the tracks.”* One of Disney’s greatest animated movies, Lady and the Tramp is a classic love story with a satisfying ending. Photo credit: Lady and the Tramp Poster. Digital Image. Disney. https://movies.disney.com/lady-and-the-tramp

The Secret Life of Pets

“A comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Max, a terrier, has his favorite-pet status turned upside-down when his owner takes in a stray named Duke.”* Illumination Animation is more than just Minions. Follow six goofy pets as they venture through New York City without their owners watching. Just as the day ends, the dogs learn what it means to be part of a pack. Photo credit: The Secret Life of Pets Poster. Digital Image. Common Sense Media. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/the-secret-life-of-pets

101 Dalmations

“Pongo and Perdita have a litter of 15 dalmatian puppies. Cruella De Ville takes a fancy to the puppies and tries to buy them from their human owners, Roger and Anita. Cruella wants to get hold of those puppies, as well as more puppies, to make herself a lovely dalmatian skin coat. Cruella hires some thugs to kidnap the puppies and hold them at an abandoned mansion. Now Pongo and Perdita must use an animal communication system to help find all the puppies.”*
See the original Cruella de Ville in full fur-covered form. 101 Dalmatians sees animals trying to save the day, outsmarting not-so-bright humans along the way. It’s the perfect feel-good movie for a night in. Photo credit: 101 Dalmatians Poster. Digital Image. Disney. https://movies.disney.com/101-dalmatians-1961

Dogs and More Dogs

“An entertaining and affectionate search for the secrets of dog variation and behavior. Visit state-of-the-art dog labs where the latest in genetic mapping and even cloning are in the air. Explore the bond we share with these remarkable animals.”* A documentary film for the science-enthusiasts, Dogs and More Dogs discusses how Man’s Best Friend got that title. Adorable puppies and fascinating theories abound, making this film an engaging and joyful watch. Dogs and More Dogs Poster. Photo credit: Digital Image. Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/NOVA-Dogs-More/dp/B00018U9AW

These titles and more are available for checkout at Media Services in Wells Library. For streaming video options, check out the Films On Demand platform, which provides IUB patrons free access to over 3,000 documentaries related to dogs! (CAS Authentication required.)

And in case you are wondering, we’ve got movies for cat people, too! Checkouts are free to IUB students and faculty, so stop by for a free movie night. Click Here for directions and hours. KN

*Quotes are from each title’s IUCAT summary. Click the title link for any item to learn more and check item availability.)

Student blogger Kate Naughton is a new Media Services student staff member who joined us this semester. She is studying marketing.