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7 movie pets we need IRL


Puppies! Cute cats! Bunnies! The team behind everyone’s favourite Despicable Minions are back with a movie that looks to be even more hilarious, mad and adorable; The Secret Life of Pets arrives on Virgin Movies from Monday 14th November, and explores what our favourite animals get up to behind closed doors when the folks on two legs leave.  We sat down with Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet who voices lovable mongrel Duke, about what secrets the super cute fluffballs might be hiding:

This got us to thinking about cinema’s other greatest movie pets. If you could pick any movie animal to have as a hairy best friend, who would it be? Here’s the definitive list...

Remy The Rat (Ratatouille, 2007)

Exploiting health codes in the cutest way possible

Exploiting health codes in the cutest way possible

Pixar’s 2007 comedy took two of the world’s most beloved things (food and fluffy animals) and combined them to superlative, Oscar-winning success.

The story of a bizarrely gastronomically-talented rat trying to make it big in the snooty world of very human haute cuisine was absorbing for its aspirational ‘reach for the stars’ idylls, its complex psycho-emotional themes and its gorgeous Parisian visuals.

But really, we were all just there for the super-fluffy rat who could cook meals that make a Marks & Spencer’s dish look like a Chinatown dustbin.

Remy’s smart, positive AND he can cook you an incredible dinner when you get in from work. What more do you want?

Oh, and before you get up in arms about having a rat as a pet, we want to clarify that rats are very cute IRL. They’re super-smart, clean and love cuddles. I mean, SERIOUSLY.

Jones The Cat (Alien, 1979)

What’s new pussycat?

What’s new pussycat?

Being aboard the USCSS Nostromo was not exactly what you’d call a ‘chillaxing’ kinda time.

So thank chuff for Jones, the ginger American Shorthair tomcat who was officially on board to control rodents aboard the ship, but was realistically just there to keep Ripley and the crew company and to help guard against GIANT DEATH EATING XENOMORPHS.

Intriguingly, while the Xenomorph was at one point visibly distracted by Jones, it didn’t attack him. Which means he’s not only adorable, but he’s a handy alien deterrent, too.

If you needed any more proof, just look at how happy Sigourney Weaver and Jones were behind-the-scenes. 



Snoopy The Beagle (Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, 2015)

He’s loyal, he’s super-imaginative, he’s positive, he’s friendly, and he’s seemingly immortal (he debuted in 1950, which means he’s 462 in dog years).  Snoopy is not only Charlie Brown’s best friend - he’s the best friend we all wish we had growing up.

Plus, he’s a beagle. You know beagles, the greatest dog in the history of all dogs ever.

BB-8 The, Erm, Animal Robot(?!) (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 2015)

Boop-beep-boop little buddy!

Boop-beep-boop little buddy!

We know he’s not technically an animal, but we would happily fight anyone who says they wouldn’t adopt BB-8, AKA The Cutest Droid In The Galaxy.

Part puppy, part sassy kitten, and part bad-ass, smart-ass, action star, he’s the perfect pet of the future.

And let’s face it - given the choice between a BB-8 and a cute but PSYCHOTIC Ewok, we know who we’d rather take our chances with.

Uggie The Jack Russell Terrier (The Artist, 2011)

The happiness in his eyes

The happiness in his eyes

He can act, he can dance, and he looks amazing in a bow-tie.

Yep, The Artist may have been a masterpiece of evocative, moving artistry and a winning throwback to the silent movie era of yore. But we all know the real reason it won so many Oscars - at a pre-awards schmooze-fest to garner votes, you know that everyone would be ignoring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Glenn Close to spend more time with the fuzzball in the corner.

Rodolfo The Ferret (Along Came Polly, 2004)

The way to a girl’s heart is through her ferret

The way to a girl’s heart is through her ferret

If you thought dogs were protective pets, then we’d like to introduce you to the joy of Rodolfo the ferret, who valiantly protects Polly from prospective suitors (even if he can’t really see that he’s doing it).

From running into walls to diffuse sexual tension to interrupting a loo break, he’s the ultimate pet protector.

Plus, look how FLOOFY they are.

Babe The Pig (Babe, 1995)



A pig. That talks. A talking pig.


Seriously though, he’s friendly, optimistic, courageous, driven and besties with a horde of super-cuddly farmyard animals. 

That’ll do pig, that’ll more than do.

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