Dogs in films – The Best Loved Canine Characters

London Mums have often written about dogs in films because we LOVE our canine friends! When a new film is announced featuring a dog as a protagonist we cannot resist digging in our archives … Whether they’re causing havoc like Beethoven, or on a quest to get home like Bolt, dogs in films have always been a family favourite. The newest canine to grace our screens is Oddball, the star in Oddball and The Penguins, based on the incredible true story of how a mischievous but loveable Maremma sheepdog became the unlikely guardian and saviour of an endangered colony of Little Penguins in a small coastal town in Australia. Oddball and The Penguins is out now on DVD, On Demand and Digital HD. To celebrate this release, we’re taking a look at the best-loved canine characters!

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Lady and the Tramp

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A classic loved by all ages, it’s hard to believe that this film was released more than sixty years ago! This classic Disney animation is one of our favourite films of all times and we have featured it before in our feature TOP DOG FILM STARS OF ALL TIMES 

The tale follows Tramp, a streetwise mutt and Lady, a privileged Cocker Spaniel. Despite their differing backgrounds, the pair’s romance blossoms.



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The first in the eight-film franchise, Beethoven was a family favourite that made Saint Bernards a hugely popular breed. Beethoven was loved greatly by his family, despite causing a number of mishaps! But his life is put in danger when an evil vet tries to kidnap him for a dangerous experiment.


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Based on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, Oliver and Company follows Oliver the orphaned kitten as he’s taken in by a group of street dogs. The film had a great soundtrack, including songs by Billy Joel who voiced cheeky Dodger, and Bette Midler who voiced spoiled Georgette.


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Disney’s Bolt is the star of his own TV show as a superstar dog that fights danger. But the confident canine doesn’t realise it’s just a show; he thinks his powers are real! When he’s accidently shipped to the streets of New York, Bolt must learn to survive in the real world on his quest to get back home.


Cats and Dogs

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The 2001 film showed the truth about the war between two teams: The Cats and The Dogs. The Dogs had to stop The Cats from destroying a vaccine that would prevent all human allergies to dogs. It divided audiences, but everyone could agree that the two teams were adorable.


Oddball and the Penguins

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Based on the true story of how a trouble-making Maremma sheepdog becomes the guardian to an endangered colony of Australia’s sweet Little Penguins.

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The Little Penguins that live on Middle Island, Australia are in danger from foxes that come to the island at night and Swampy the local chicken farmer has a genius idea, to train his troublemaking dog, Oddball to guard them! Will Swampy’s idea work and protect his penguin sanctuary from predators, reunite his family and save their seaside town? Fun fact: Oddball might look like a golden retriever, but he’s actually a Maremma Sheepdog!

Oddball and The Penguins is out now on DVD, On Demand and Digital HD

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