The new Australian film “Red Dog” continues to grow week after week in cinemas. ‘Koko’ the kelpie from Geelong in Victoria plays the leading star – Red Dog. He is a beautiful chocolate kelpie who was dyed red, washed, blow dried and groomed to look oh so good. Typical leading star!! Koko is still making appearances at Film Festivals and special locations so keep an eye out for him in your area.
If you haven’t seen the film yet, you deserve to see it on the big screen. The backdrop of West Pilbara in the 70s is colourful in the scenery and especially the characters in Red Dog the movie. The film is stemmed from French author Luis de Bernieres book, also named “Red Dog”. It’s a great Australian yarn taking you through the full gamut of emotions. And of course we absolutely love Red Dog’s specially engraved dog collar in the film.
Have you seen Red Dog? Did you know that Maddie met Koko at the Casterton Kelpie muster this year? If it wasn’t for Koko’s popular red coat and Maddie wearing an elegant designer dog collar it would have been hard to tell the difference between them. It was great to meet the producer Nelson Woss and Koko at the muster months before the film Red Dog was released in Australia. Mr Woss was very friendly and told the story of how he’d been working for years to get the film made but filming was the shortest part. We’d love to make a dog collar and dog lead for Koko so if you ever read this koko, give us a call 😉
Red Dog is not just an Australian film but one of the best dog films ever made for everyone to enjoy.
Stars: Koko (the kelpie), Rachael Taylor, Josh Lucas and Noah Taylor
Genre: Family comedy & Drama
Duration: 92 min
Release: 4th August 2011
Director: Kriv Stenders
Writers: Louis de Bernières, Daniel Taplitz
Producer: Nelson Woss
The Huskies and Malamutes dog film stars are just amazing!! Smart, beautiful and funny. This dog movie is a classic Walt Disney family movie. The story is based on true events in the Antarctic after an expedition gets pulled due to a major storm just before winter sets in and no travel is allowed. Jerry Shepherd the sled dog trainer is played by Paul Walker, and the love and respect for the dogs is well represented.
It’s great how the breadth of the Husky breed is represented so well in the pack. However, what’s not common knowledge is that the dogs the dog film is based on were actually Akitas and not Huskies nor Malamutes. While it’s most likely Hollywood didn’t have an Akita dog pack this for the film, it is a shame this little fact is misrepresented. In fact a few attribute the survival of the dogs in the Antartica to the fact they were Akitas utilising all their strength and fighting skills.
The depth of this story is with the dog characters, their pack relationship and challenges. The trainers must have had a field day looking for all the right dogs to play the lead roles, Maya and Jack. Oh I just love them! The patience a trainer must have is so commendable. Well done to head animal trainer Mike Alexander of Birds & Animals. Story goes that in order to get the right representation of dogs the trainers actually ended up using a number of rescue dogs because they already had that will to survive and were so easily trainable. The huskies would look fantastic in Leroy Madison dog collars and dog leads!
Genre: Family Drama
Director: Frank Marshall
Stars: Paul Walker, Jason Biggs, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood
Hachi is a beautiful Japanese Akita that bestows the most amazing loyalty to his master. This american film is based on a true story that originated from Japan about Akita Hachikō. The original Japanese film was made in 1987; The Tale of Hatchiko.
The dog film follows the story of Professor Parker played by Richard Gere and his unexpected discovery of a true loyal dog friend. The two form a strong bond as Hachi grows up with Parker. Of course being a normal intelligent Akita, the dog master relationship is not one of silly games but of respect.
I found the story very touching – like most dog movies – however there’s a bond here that every dog lover understands and respects. A communication that requires no words, just time and support.
One of the great side effects of this dog film is the portrayal of the Akita breed. Many people are more familiar with the label of ‘Japanese fighting dog’ rather than as a loyal dog pet. While Akita’s have been used in dog sports, it’s a fallacy that that is all they are. They are strong, independent and very loyal & protective of there families. I’m glad that Hollywood has glorified this story because I hope that people who see realise that the Akita is not a vicious dog breed it’s just a few vicious humans that made them that way. It’s most definitely safe to say this a family movie for everyone to watch.
Dog Stars: Two Shiba Inu puppies, Adult Akitas – Forrest, Leyla & Chico
Stars: Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Genre: Family Drama
Duration: 93 min Director: Lasse Hallstrom
Writers: Stephen P. Lindsey, Kaneto Shindo
Producer: Bill Johnson, Vicki Shigekuni Wong Animal
Coordinator:Boone’s Hollywood Animals, All About Dogs
If you are interested in learning more about the wonderful dog trainers on the film; I found a great online article about the dog trainers at: http://www.vickiwongandhachi.com/the-amazing-animal-trainers-and-akitas-a-cautionary-tale.html
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