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on February 12, 2009
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Over the past few months there have been quite a few movies made that showcase one type of animal or another. If you have not gone to see any of these movies, then here is a quick review of them:

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Released on 3 October 2008, this is a sweet comedy about Chloe (voiced by Drew Barrymore), a Beverly Hills Chihuahua, who gets lost during a trip to Mexico and has to make her way home again with the help of a stray German Sheppard before she is dog-napped and held for ransom. Meanwhile, Chloe’s secret lover, Papi, a male Chihuahua (voiced by George Lopez), attempts to track her down and bring her home.

It is a fast paced movie that will awaken every dog-loving cell in your body! Its tongue-in-cheek storytelling will make you laugh out loud.

According to George Lopez, Papi the Chihuahua was only a day away from being euthanized before he was rescued to star in Beverly Hills Chihuhua.

Marley and Me

This movie was released on Christmas Day 2008 and set a record for the largest Christmas Day box office ever with $14.75 million in ticket sales! It is a funny, yet heartfelt memoir written and told by journalist John Grogan, author of the bestselling novel of the same title. The movie revolves around John and his wife Jenny, who adopt a yellow Labrador retriever whom they name Marley.

Marley quickly proves to be a highly energetic dog with a knack for getting into trouble! He is expelled for Dog Training Class, chews up the entire couch, steals a Thanksgiving Day Turkey, develops a fear of thunderstorms, and enjoys diamond necklaces!

The movie details Marley’s life with John, Jenny and their three children, from puppyhood to adulthood. It is hilarious at times and will cause you to either compare your own dog’s rambunctiousness with Marley or be thankful that your dog is not like Marley at all.

Since this movie spans over all fourteen years of Marley’s life, twenty-two different yellow labs played the part of Marley. This is a great movie proving how important it is to have a dog in your life!

Hotel For Dogs

Another book turned movie, Hotel For Dogs was originally written by Lois Duncan and is a story about two orphan children who have to find another place for their dog, Friday, to live as their new foster parents won’t allow them to have a dog. With the help of Friday, the two children discover an abandoned hotel where a few stray dogs have been living. The children quickly turn it into the perfect hotel for Friday and his new doggie friends.

Soon, however, the children are rounding up all the stray dogs in the city and providing a safe haven for them at their doggie hotel. But the movie takes a turn when the continual dog barking upsets the neighbors and rouses the suspicions of the local dog-catchers who have suddenly found themselves without work. Nevertheless, Hotel For Dogs, is a true portrayal of how far love and imagination can take you!
Hotel For Dogs was released on 16 January 2009 and earned $55,125,062 at the Box Office.

Open Season 2

This is the sequel to the movie Open Season that was first released in 2006. Although this movie may not be about dogs, it is about the animals that live in the woods.

Released on 27 January 2009, Open Season 2 tells the animated story of woodland animals clashing comically with household pets, when one of their friends, Mr Weenie is kidnapped by the evil Toy Poodle, Fifi.

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

This movie is set to be released on 20 November 2009 and is a follow up to the 2001 original movie Cats & Dogs. It continues the story of the battle between cats and dogs for control over planet Earth, presumably letting the Cats win this time round!
This will surely be a movie that will have all cat and dog owners debating for a while!

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