Does the whale in Werckmeister count, it’s not actually real? I guess it can.
The donkey in Au Hasard… is another great example, I don’t know if I wanted to own a donkey afterward, but it certainly was some great animal usage.
The dog in Down and Out in Beverly Hills
not Ratatouille — rats just don’t belong in the kitchen
the sheep in Everything you’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Sex, but Were Afraid to Ask.
Dunston Checks In…
I’m totally joking (am I?), but for my real answer I quite enjoy this scene in The Fall with an underwater elephant that is quite superb. That whole movie is pretty breathtaking though.
Terrific visual storytelling. A charming, emotional, mature story that I can’t seem to convince anyone isn’t just a kiddie film.
the monkey in Raiders of the Lost Ark
why? he salutes and the German officer, because he’s a stupid Nazi who doesn’t know shit, salutes back to the monkey. because fascists are robots who deserve nothing but hell…which is why they don’t exist (i’ll leave it at that…)
monkies are funny.
anyway that link was supposed to take us to the cow scene in Top Secret
Weekend: The Sheeps
Waldemar Burgos: Holy Mountain, Good Choice.
1. MVP: Most Valuable Primate
2. MVP2: Most Vertical Primate
3. MXP: Most Extreme Primate
The whale in Whale Rider
And of course: Pandemic 2 – The Startling
Guinea bees, guinea bears, guinea rabbits, guinea rats, guineasaurus rex: a depiction of the performative character of “species”!
Sorry, the nurse is calling for dinner and if I don’t hurry the manic-depressive get all the good seats again.
The quicksand scene scares me to death.
The Adventures of Milo and Otis.
Seriously, I once included it in a 50 greatest films of all time list, and I’ve not regretted it. Milo and Otis rock.
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Homeward Bound. I hate talking animals, even in narration.
“A TIGER?… In Africa?!”
The frogs in Magnolia
Or the rabbit in Stardust Memories
But the end-all, be-all would have to be the calf Buniel used to open our eyes with Un Chien Andalou
The dog from The Thing
The dog that gets choked out in The Thing.
Emir Kusturica deserves a special mention. There’s various different animals in almost all his films and Kusturica has a great talent of directing them to both comedic and dramatic effect.
Time of the Gypsies (1988)
no the one that gets sprayed in the face with “Thing” juice
This is a bad use of animals for a documentary film: lemmings in White Wilderness and I’m not sure if it would have been a good use in a fictional film but… click here for the clip
I am kidding.
God, that’s grim Kim. Poor little things.
All right, call me a P, but am I the only one that gets choked up about Two Socks in Dances with Wolves?
Aguirre: Wrath of God
two of the most powerful scenes I felt were the end (of course) with all the monkeys, and when he was showing the girl the baby sloth.
i like the use of animals in the holy mountain alot!
the fish in The Pornographers is also great.
and even though i didn’t all together like Tarsem’s The Fall as much as i thought i would the shot of the Elefant swimming from under water
took my breath away!
Good shout for the stoats in The Beastmaster!