This summer's kids' movies are full of weird animal characters, from Turbo the snail to Azrael in The Smurfs II. But Hollywood would have to try a lot harder to match the weirdness of its classic funny-animal films. Here are the weirdest animal movie stars in history.
Francis, the talking mule (voiced by Chill Wills) from the Francis series between 1950 and 1956
Rin Tin Tin, the German Shepherd dog rescued from a WWI battlefield by an American soldier. He appeared in 27 films in the silent and the talkie era between 1922 and 1931
Jiggs, the Cheeta (but known as Cheetah and Chita, too) starred in the first Tarzan movies in the 1930s, but he also appeared in Dirty Work (1933) with Laurel and Hardy and Her Jungle Love (1938) with Dorothy Lamour.
A fun fact: no chimpanzees appear in the original Tarzan novels.
Skippy (later renamed to Asta), the Wire Fox Terrier from iconic 1930s movies like The Thin Man (1934), After the Thin Man (1936) and The Awful Truth (1937).
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Terry, the Cairn Terrier from The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The little dog was paid $125 per week, which was more than the salary of the most famous Munchkins, the Singer Midgets. After the success of the movie he was renamed to Toto.
Trigger (originally named Golden Cloud), the smartest horse in the movies, played in dozens of Westerns with Roy Rogers, Son of Paleface (1952), South of Caliente (1951), North of the Great Divide (1950), Hollywood Canteen (1944) and Brazil (1944), among others.
Pal, the original Lassie (1943-1958), appeared in seven MGM Lassie films
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This lovely chimp from Monkey Business (1952)
Bamboo Harvester, the "talking" palomino horse from the TV sitcom Mister Ed (1961-1966)
He was voiced by the cowboy B-movie star Allan Lane.
Buttons from the American TV sitcom Me and the Chimp which aired for only one season in 1972 on CBS
(via Sitcoms Online)
Bart the Bear, an Alaskan Kodiak Bear, the star of Windwalker (1981), The Bear (1988), White Fang (1991), On Deadly Ground (1994), Legends of the Fall (1994) and The Edge (1997), among others.
With his trainer, Doug Seuss
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Chris, the St. Bernard dog from Beethoven (1992)
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Keiko (originally named Siggi), the male orca from Free Willy (1993)
Santo, the dog who played Inspector Rex (1994-2004) between 1994 and 2000
Frank the Pug from Men in Black (1997) and its sequel, played by Mushu, with the voice of Tim Blaney
Madison, the dog named Vincent from Lost (2004-2010)
Crystal, the tiresome capuchin monkey from Night at the Museum and its sequel (2006, 2009) and the drug dealing monkey in The Hangover Part II (2011).
(via Life As A Young Gamer)