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Wintery weekend afternoons can mean only one thing – settling down to watch a film. And nothing melts our hearts on a cold rainy Sunday like a feel good movie. And nothing says heart-warming like a pet film. So here we have racked our brains to come up with our Top 5 favourite animal films – enjoy!
Singing mice, a mischievous duck, an evil cat and a pig that thinks it’s a sheepdog: Babe is the heart-warming tale of overcoming adversity as Farmer Hoggett trains a small pig to herd sheep. It follows the story of a small pig that is saved from the slaughterhouse and becomes the farm's newest pet.
Feel yourself well up when Babe impresses Hoggett with his sheep-herding skills and becomes the first ever sheep-pig. Blub. The film became a huge hit and collected an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture while collecting rave critic reviews.
That'll do pig.
Lovable Beethoven became an instant family classic in the early 90s. The story follows world's most famous St. Bernard to battle to become man’s best friend.
With a lot of slobbery love, affection and antics, the new family pooch finally makes it into the heart of George, the films put upon father.
It will always be remembered for a slow motion scene where Beethoven shakes dirt off his coat, inadvertently pebble-dashing the house. Dogs owners of the world unite with an understanding nod.
Cats & Dogs (2001)
Have you ever looked at your cat and thought it was quietly plotting? Well Cats & Dogs puts that theory, and the old rivalry between felines and canines, to the test.
It follows Mr Tinkles, a white Persian cat, and his plan to take over the world and only the dogs, led by a beagle called Lou, can stop his diabolical plans.
Tobey Maguire, Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon and Charlton Heston all lend their voices to this all-action war of fur.
Marley and Me (2008)
The ultimate story of one man and his dog. Owen Wilson portrays a reporter for a Florida newspaper, who along with wife Jennifer (played by Jennifer Aniston) adopt a Labrador puppy called Marley. While billed as a family-friendly comedy-drama, follow the struggles the couple have with Marley as he eats, chews and barks his way through this heart-warming story of how a dog really is part of the family.
However, be warned. Only the coldest hearts will be able to resist shedding a tear as Marley's health declines and Johnny tries to cope with the fact that his best friend could be leaving him. Watch hugging your pooch while sniffling into a box of Kleenex.
101 Dalmatians (1961)
Whether you love the original animation or are a fan of the remake with Glen Close, one of the most popular films over the years is 101 Dalmatians. The ultimate Disney classic shows how struggling songwriter Roger Radcliffe and Dalmatian Pongo's lives are changed forever when they meet Anita and Perdita.
After Perdita gives birth to 15 puppies, it perks the attention of Cruella DeVil who steals the pups to make a coat.
In a classic tale of good versus evil, good prevails with Anita and Roger ending up defeating the evil Cruella and taking home 101 Dalmatians.
What more can you ask for? A top 5 filled with antics, slobber, good vs evil and even a tear-jerker. But did we include yours? What film would you have liked to have seen be in the top 5?