The Weirdest Animal Movie (and TV) Stars of All Time

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

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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

The Weirdest Animal Movie (and TV) Stars of All Time

The Weirdest Animal Movie (and TV) Stars of All Time

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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.

The Weirdest Animal Movie (and TV) Stars of All Time

A fun fact: no chimpanzees appear in the original Tarzan novels.

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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).

The Weirdest Animal Movie (and TV) Stars of All Time

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Terry, the Cairn Terrier from The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Weirdest Animal Movie (and TV) Stars of All Time

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.

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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.

The Weirdest Animal Movie (and TV) Stars of All Time

The Weirdest Animal Movie (and TV) Stars of All Time

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Pal, the original Lassie (1943-1958), appeared in seven MGM Lassie films

The Weirdest Animal Movie (and TV) Stars of All Time

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This lovely chimp from Monkey Business (1952)

The Weirdest Animal Movie (and TV) Stars of All Time

The Weirdest Animal Movie (and TV) Stars of All Time

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Bamboo Harvester, the "talking" palomino horse from the TV sitcom Mister Ed (1961-1966)

The Weirdest Animal Movie (and TV) Stars of All Time

He was voiced by the cowboy B-movie star Allan Lane.

The Weirdest Animal Movie (and TV) Stars of All Time

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Buttons from the American TV sitcom Me and the Chimp which aired for only one season in 1972 on CBS

The Weirdest Animal Movie (and TV) Stars of All Time

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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.

The Weirdest Animal Movie (and TV) Stars of All Time

With his trainer, Doug Seuss

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Chris, the St. Bernard dog from Beethoven (1992)

The Weirdest Animal Movie (and TV) Stars of All Time

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Keiko (originally named Siggi), the male orca from Free Willy (1993)

The Weirdest Animal Movie (and TV) Stars of All Time

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Santo, the dog who played Inspector Rex (1994-2004) between 1994 and 2000

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Frank the Pug from Men in Black (1997) and its sequel, played by Mushu, with the voice of Tim Blaney

The Weirdest Animal Movie (and TV) Stars of All Time

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Madison, the dog named Vincent from Lost (2004-2010)

The Weirdest Animal Movie (and TV) Stars of All Time

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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).

The Weirdest Animal Movie (and TV) Stars of All Time

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