Pet Props

There are animal characters in movies, and then there are animals that usually appear either in the arms or somewhere on the person of their human companion – almost like a quintessential part of that character’s visual appearance, and hence deserving of their own post on cinemattire….

1) Dogs

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Fanny Dashwood (Harriet Walter) and her Italian Greyhound in Sense and Sensibility (1995). This is the first cinematic pet who came to my mind as being almost an inseparable part of the character.

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Lady Bertram (Angela Pleasance) and Pug in Mansfield Park (1983). If you’ve seen the film or read the book (which is somewhat – albeit perhaps undeservedly – notorious for its Lizzie-Bennett-anti-heroine, Fanny Price), you will recall Lady B’s constant references to her lapdog.

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Lindsay Duncan & her Pug in Mansfield Park (1999).

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 Yet another Lady Bertram (Jemma Redgrave), and another Pug, in Mansfield Park (2007).

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 Ellle (Reese Witherspoon) & her Chihuahua, Bruiser, in Legally Blonde (2001).

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Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt) & her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Dash (Tori) in The Young Victoria (2009)

2) Cats

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 Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) and “Cat” (played by Orangey) in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961).

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Nicholas (James Mason) and his cat in The Seventh Veil (1945).

…and although the following two photos are not movie pictures per se, they are certainly a couple of my favourites of a star and his pets (James Mason being an avid cat-person, owner of multiple feline companions, and author of a book entitled The Cats in Our Lives) ->

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3) Rabbit/Hare

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 Maria Merryweather (Dakota Blue Richards) and Serena the hare in The Secret of Moonacre (2008).

4) Ferret / Weasel

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 Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards) & Pantalaimon, in ferret form, in The Golden Compass (2007).

 (Of course, Pan is actually quite different from all the other animals in this post – he’s a “daemon”, not a pet, and he takes the form of various animals; however, he is inarguably an intrinsic part of the character, externally and internally.)

5) Snake

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 Uncle Monty (Billy Connolly) the herpetologist, with his snakes, in A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004).

6) Owl

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Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) with Hedwig, in various Harry Potter movies

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