I have a video to share with you today that is beyond charming. However, after watching it, I was reminded about that pesky Goofy-Pluto conundrum.
They’re both dogs, but they are so very different. Goofy acts like a person, and he’s basically accepted as such by the other anthropomorphized animals populating that world. How does he co-exist with Pluto, a dog who acts like a traditional dog? Is it awkward when they hang out? If you really think about it, cartoon doghood is a complicated business. We may never know the answer.
Anyway, here’s the video that inspired all of these deep thoughts.
Okay, friends… it’s time for a little friendly debate. Of all the dogs that have appeared on television, who is the top dog?
Before we get started, the ground rules:
We’re talking fictional dogs here. A real-life hero dog or otherwise famous dog (think Uggie) who has appeared on a television news program or in a commercial doesn’t count. (Although maybe we need a sub-category of dogs in commercials. I do love Chopper, after all.)
Animated dogs totally count. Dogs that have appeared in holiday or other specials shown on television are also fair game.
Miniseries and made-for-TV movies are also in the mix. However, movies originally released in a theater and later shown on TV don’t count – that’s the subject of a future pup culture debate.
Odie – I’m not just obsessed with Garfield. I love his canine pal too. He’s not the brightest, but he sure does have a big heart.
Seymour – Unlike the other dogs on this list, Seymour appeared in one memorableepisode, the supremely moving and beautiful “Jurassic Bark” episode of Futurama. Have you seen this one? If not, you owe it to yourself as a dog lover and a human being with a soul. I got teary just typing those sentences. Um, quick… let’s watch a happy moment from that episode.
Wishbone – It’s not all animated dogs here. My mom gave me a Wishbone stuffed animal one year and it was seriously the best gift ever. I mean, it’s an adorable dog and some great books. What’s the story, Wishbone?
Recognize that movie? I had the chance to go see the stage version last night with a good friend (hence the fact that Thursday’s post is going up on Friday). It definitely helped get me in the holiday mood – snow even fell on us at the end. (Not just confetti, but wet snow. It was a nice touch.)
Third row, baby!
I know we’ve talked about favorite Christmas movies before. However, that was two years ago, so it seemed like time to revisit the topic. My question to you – what’s your favorite? I’ll start off the discussion. My required Christmas viewing includes White Christmas (obviously), Elf, and many more…
So, tell me.. which adaptation is your favorite? As for me, there are two that top my list:
Mickey’s Christmas Carol- I’ve always been a big fan of this Disney version. Honestly, it’s probably my favorite – there’s something about this one that gets me every time. I especially enjoy Goofy’s appearance as Marley’s ghost.
The Muppet Christmas Carol - This one is an extremely close second. Statler and Waldorf as Marley? Genius. (Apparently, I really like that role.) Also, Gonzo makes an awesome Dickens. And it’s full of puns.
Now it’s your turn. Which version do you have to watch during the holiday season? Did your favorite TV show do an episode inspired by it? Tell me your favorites in the comments - perhaps I’ll have to add some new versions to my holiday viewing list!
I know everyone loves It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (and if I drew you a Venn diagram right now, a tiny circle labeled “me” would appear within that larger circle labeled “everyone”). However, I have to admit that there’s a Halloween special that beats it for me. Any guesses? Hint: it stars a big fat Halloween cat…
Revisiting this one made me wonder – what’s your favorite holiday special? I tend to think that Halloween kind of kicks off the holiday season, so feel free to talk Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other holiday that floats your boat.
I do love holiday TV (as my viewing habits during the next two months will reflect), so my list could go on and on. Feel free to discuss your favorites in the comments and perhaps I’ll share some of them during the holiday season! I’ll also tell you more about my favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas specials too as the dates get closer. Time to get into the holiday spirit!
Although Bella’s exact specifications are unknown, I suspect (and many of you agreed) that she has some Beagle and Jack Russell Terrier in there (sometimes known as a Jack-a-Bee), and maybe a little Corgi too. Since we’ve done No Frown Friday tributes to Beagles and Corgis, it’s time to complete the trifecta!
First up, your punny pet name: Jack Russell Crowe.
Speaking of names, do you know how the Jack Russell Terrier got its name? Once you know its origin story, click over to Dogster to learn more about this feisty breed or watch this clip from Dogs 101.
Speaking of favorite dog movies and favorite dogs in movies, here are a fewlists of dog movies to get you started. Some of my favorites? Best in Show, Lady and the Tramp, and The Fox and the Hound. That’s by no means an exhaustive list of my favorites, however. Put your thinking cap on and tell me yours in the comments – I’ll meet you there!
There have been some great movies featuring animals over the years. How much do you know about them? Take this quiz, and then learn more about animal stars, including shelter animals who ended up in show business.
The American Humane Association makes sure that onscreen animals are kept safe and treated well. AHA publishes some interesting behind the scenes stories on its website, like this one about the horses on the set of one of this year’s Best Picture nominees, True Grit. AHA also publishes reviews regarding how each movie performs on AHA’s rating scale. I looked up two more of this year’s Best Picture nominees, both of which received an outstanding rating: The Fighter and The Social Network.
So, which film do you think should win Best Picture? I’m pulling for The King’s Speech – I promise it’s not just because there were Corgi cameos throughout.
Interesting note: apparently the AHA was very unhappy that The King’s Speech used its trademarked phrase, “No Animals Were Harmed” because the AHA was not involved in monitoring or rating this British production. However, the issue was resolved – sounds like the real problem was use of the trademarked phrase, and all animals were treated humanely.
Serious interlude over… let the debate about the best dog movies ever begin!
‘Tis the season… and nothing puts me in the holiday mood like a good holiday special or movie on TV. We all have them – those classics that we just have to watch every year, or it just doesn’t feel like the holidays. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite TV specials with you today (links are to clips from the shows where available):
Garfield’s Christmas Special – This one was my favorite as a child. I loved everything about it, and could quote it from beginning to end. Grandma is the best.
A Charlie Brown Christmas – A classic. Confession: I sometimes have the urge to stage an impromptu dance party with this song.
Mickey’s Christmas Carol – Hands down, this is my favorite version of A Christmas Carol out there. (The Muppet version is a close second, of course.) I get emotional just watching the opening.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - I still refer to the Island of Misfit Toys on a regular basis (possibly as often as once a week).
How the Grinch Stole Christmas - I am a Max the dog fangirl. Cartoon version only, please. As far as I’m concerned, that Jim Carrey thing never happened.
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – For some reason, this story of some mice and a clock (that’s the Cliff’s Notes version) was always one of my favorites. The day I found it on DVD was a good one indeed. I mean, this song…
There are definitely many other worthy choices… like my own personal honorable mentions Frosty the Snowman and Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too for example. (Not to mention favorite characters, like the Heat Miser and the Snow Miser.) And that’s just from TV. As for Christmas movies… well, that’s a post for another day.
Let’s talk last week’s Madonna-themed episode of Glee. In all honesty, that was one of the most enjoyable hours of television I’ve watched in a while. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack all week. As Sue Sylvester would say, “Madonna. Simply saying the word aloud makes me feel powerful – even in voice-over.” I can’t argue with Sue on that one – though at least one person more eloquent than me has written some beautiful and thoughtful words on Madonna and Glee. I couldn’t say it better, so I’m not even going to try.
However, I will use this Glee intro as the overly-complicated setup for a completely different topic. (I’m like a Simpsons episode in blog form.) Well, not completely different – just another one of those tangential leaps that my brain seems to enjoy. Anyway… today’s topic: awesome episodes of TV. I’m talking about amazing episodes of great (or not-so-great) television shows. I’m fairly confident that Glee’s Madonna-themed episode just vaulted into a spot on my list of all-time fantastic episodes – an episode that I will be thrilled to watch over and over again, even though I have already watched it so many times that I could stage a reenactment using sock puppets.
Given that Glee’s Madonna episode is joining this elite crowd, I should probably introduce it to the other members of my personal Episode Hall of Fame. I’ve put together the following non-exhaustive list. It’s mostly sitcoms, with a Saturday morning confection and a soapy nighttime guilty pleasure thrown in for good measure. (I may do a later post on those dramas that have had a similar effect on me – however, “thrilled to watch over and over again” might not be an accurate description, considering most of those episodes reduce me to a blubbering mess.)
Friends, The One with the Embryos – You may remember this one as the episode in which Ross hosts a trivia contest – Rachel and Monica versus Chandler and Joey. Every time I subscribe to a magazine, I have to resist the urge to request that it be addressed to Ms. Chanandler Bong.
How I Met Your Mother, Slap Bet (aka Robin Sparkles) – I will never stop singing “Let’s Go to the Mall.” This episode was brilliant, and the writers still call back to this episode seasons later. If you are not watching How I Met Your Mother, be warned that I may sit you down and make you watch this episode on DVD. Consider me a series dealer, trying to get you hooked with a little taste of awesome.
Beverly Hills 90210, Something in the Air – They should have just named this episode “Donna Martin Graduates.”
Futurama, Jurassic Bark – I can’t even describe this episode. In fact, every time I attempt to type up my thoughts on it, I can feel the tears forming at the corner of my eyes. As a dog lover, I apparently cannot even think of this episode without having an emotional reaction.
Scrubs, My Screw Up – The first time I watched this episode, I definitely wasn’t expecting the Sixth Sense-ish twist. However, knowing the twist doesn’t diminish this episode for me at all. As usual, Scrubs manages to handle a weighty subject like the death of a loved one with humor and grace. It gets me every time.
The Simpsons, I Love Lisa – Ralph Wiggum is my favorite Simpsons character, hands down. Always beware the power of a Valentine indicating that you choo-choo-choose the recipient.
Saved by the Bell, Jessie’s Song – I mean, come on. This episode is responsible for my (now-forgotten) fear of caffeine pills and for my inability to say “I’m so excited” without “I’m… so… scared!” tacked on to the end of it. That’s an impact… and perhaps something of a disease.
I’m sure as soon as I publish this list, I’ll think of some gems I left out. It’s a risk I’ll have to take, since my DVR has thoughtfully recorded enough of Glee so that I can skip the commercials. That show is required same-night viewing for me.