Friday, July 24, 2009

A Favorite Dog

Asta, as he is credited in Bringing up Baby is an incredible dog-actor.

So often if a film has a dog, it plays central role to the film. Now I'm not saying movies like Marley & Me, Beethoven, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and Lassie.

But there's something great about George (Asta/Skippy) in Bringing Up Baby. George is a character, almost an equal on screen with Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn.

But the film is not called Bringing Up George. No, George, clearly a trained dog, is an asset to the story, and important character. Not something to lure the kids, or put in cute pictures on the movie, he's important, just as the stories written.

I like that. Kind of makes me think of Nana from Peter Pan, another dog as character that enriches a story.

I'm not the dog movie type, but I love George, he just makes me laugh in this movie.


Andrew K. said...

It's always great to see Kate and Cary together. Dare I say it, they're as good as Kate and Spence.

Anonymous said...

Another dog that has this type of role (in modern TV) would be Paul Anka from Gilmore Girls...he was part of the show and added a little flair (albeit, in his name alone) to the storyline, but he was def. not the star of Stars Hallow.

Speaking of Gilmore...when are they making the rumored movie? Will they ever? What are your thoughts RC?