Children and Dogs

Oddball and the Penguins
Oddball and the Penguins

The relationship between humans and dogs has long been a staple of the silver screen, with ‘man's best friend' often charged with saving the day. Exploring how caring for and befriending an animal can boost a child's self-confidence and give them an escape from a world controlled by adults, this list explores the special relationship between humans and their canine companions and its history on the big screen.

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The Cave Of The Yellow Dog

CertU

Age group7–11

Duration89 mins

The Cave Of The Yellow Dog(2005)

A touching story backdropped by beautiful Mongolian scenery, as little Nansal befriends a stray dog.

A beautiful insight into the nomadic way of life centring on a young girl forming a bond with a dog that her father worries may be a threat to the sheep that they rely on.

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The Good Dinosaur

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration101 mins

The Good Dinosaur(2015)

Prehistoric adventure about a lost young dinosaur who must have the courage to face his fears and find his way home.

A twist on the ‘boy and his dog’ formula, this time with a kind young dinosaur taking the speaking role and looking after a puppy-like human boy.

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Oddball and the Penguins

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration96 mins

Oddball and the Penguins(2015)

Charming adventure about an eccentric farmer and his wayward dog who come up with a plan to help protect their town’s endangered penguins.

Libby is very attached to her grandfather’s out-of-control but sweet-natured sheepdog, and is desperate to find a way to get him out of trouble so he won’t be taken away by the dog-hating animal control officer.

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Belle et Sébastien (Belle & Sebastian)

CertPG

Age group11–16

Duration96 mins

Belle et Sébastien (Belle & Sebastian)(2013)

An epic tale of the friendship between a boy and a dog.

Adventure story about a boy who befriends ‘the beast’, a dog that his townsfolk are afraid of– who then gang together to protect one another as the German army invades in this French World War Two-set drama.

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Belle et Sébastien, l'aventure continue (Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues)

CertPG

Age group7–11

Duration97 mins

Belle et Sébastien, l'aventure continue (Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues)(2015)

Sebastian and his loyal mountain dog Belle are on another perilous mission to help save a friend in need.

In this follow-up, Sebastian and Belle’s friendship is cemented as Belle becomes essential in a rescue mission for a friend whose plane has gone down. Offering protection and superior sniffing abilities, Belle’s help is vital.

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The Fox and The Child

CertU

Age group7–14

Duration92 mins

The Fox and The Child(2007)

A young girl stumbles on a wild fox, and takes it upon herself to study and analyse its behaviour to further befriend it.

A charming investigation into whether humans can and should befriend wild animals, this is a gentle and curious story with a documentary feel.

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Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration74 mins

Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie(2015)

Much-loved Charlie Brown attempts to navigate school life and falls in love with the new girl as Snoopy embarks upon an adventure of his own.

In this nostalgic exploration of the trails and tribulations of being a kid, especially one as insecure and accident-prone as Charlie Brown, pet dog Snoopy (who has an adventurous internal life) often pushes Charlie into situations that are out of his comfort zone.

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Because of Winn-Dixie

CertU

Age group7–11

Duration106 mins

Because of Winn-Dixie(2005)

A sweet-natured tale about an uplifting friendship between a lonely girl and and her adopted dog.

A moving exploration of how taking care of an animal can improve a child’s self-esteem and help prepare them emotionally to tackle times of difficulty.

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White Fang

CertPG

Age group7–11

Duration104 mins

White Fang(1991)

The friendship between a boy and a dog is at the heart of this thrilling adventure yarn, set in the frozen wilds of 1890s Alaska.

Dogs were vital to survival for people in 19th century America, who relied on them for transport and protection in the wild north of the country. This film focuses on respect for these creatures, led by orphaned boy Jack who bonds with a half-dog half-wolf, and does not look kindly on those that mistreat them.

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Frankenweenie

CertPG

Age group7–16

Duration83 mins

Frankenweenie(2012)

When Victor loses his beloved pet, he conducts an experiment to bring him back to life. When he succeeds, things escalate beyond Victor's control.

Losing a pet is a difficult thing for anyone to face, so Victor takes it into his own hands to try and get his pet dog Sparky back. His success is the envy of all the children in his neighbourhood who weren’t yet ready to say goodbye to their pets…

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The Wizard of Oz

CertU

Age group7+

Duration98 mins

The Wizard of Oz(1939)

This timeless family musical, one of cinema's much loved productions, sees young Dorothy escape Kansas for the Technicolor land of Oz.

Helping Dorothy navigate her way through the friends and foes of the yellow brick road is her loyal terrier Toto, who helps keep her rooted while she explores the strange land they’ve ended up in.

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The Adventures of Tintin - The Secret of the Unicorn

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration103 mins

The Adventures of Tintin - The Secret of the Unicorn(2011)

Breathless adventure from Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, based on the Hergé comics and full of affection for its subject.

TinTin’s constant companion is Snowy, who he relies upon to sniff out danger when TinTin finds himself in too deep while uncovering a mystery.

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Mr Peabody & Sherman

CertU

Age group7–11

Duration92 mins

Mr Peabody & Sherman(2014)

Using his most ingenious invention, Mr. Peabody and his adopted boy Sherman hurtle back in time to experience world-changing events first-hand.

Another twist on the ‘boy and his dog’ trope, this time it’s a genius dog who has adopted a boy, and has to work hard to prove himself as a suitable parent to his human peers.

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Boule Et Bill (Boule & Bill)

CertPG

Age group7–11

Duration79 mins

Boule Et Bill (Boule & Bill)(2013)

A quaint period comedy about a boy and his beloved cocker spaniel, based on a hugely popular and long running French comic strip.

When Boule rescues Bill from the dog pound, a bond forms that gives Boule freedom from his bickering parents as he and his new canine pal get into all sorts of scrapes. Seen from the point of view of cocker spaniel Bill, this film explores the unique friendship between children and their pets.

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The Artist

CertPG

Age group11+

Duration97 mins

The Artist(2011)

Ingenious and heartfelt homage to silent era cinema.

When silent film star George Valentin falls on hard times as the ‘talkies’ take over the movie theatres, he relies on his faithful dog (played by Uggie, who won a Palm Dog award for his performance) for consolation.

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Bombon El Perro

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration97 mins

Bombon El Perro(2004)

In remote Patagonia, a struggling mechanic starts to think big after his adopted dog wins first prize in a local dog show.

A humorous and gentle road movie about the bond that forms between a man and the dog who may - or may not - bring him greatness.

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White God

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration116 mins

White God(2014)

Thrilling, original drama featuring a rebellious teen and lots of incredible canine performances.

When teenager Lili moves in with her father, he forces her to turn her beloved dog Hagen out onto the streets instead of contravening the rules of his apartment block. Set loose, Hagen is forced to navigate a harsh world full of unscrupulous humans.

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Wendy and Lucy

Cert15

Age groupAll ages

Duration80 mins

Wendy and Lucy(2008)

Road movie following Wendy, a woman living hand-to-mouth as she finds her way to Alaska with her golden retriever companion Lucy.

Keen to move on and make a fresh start elsewhere, Wendy leaves town with her dog Lucy to find new opportunities. But when her car breaks down and she loses Lucy, hope quickly fades and desperation sets in as she attempts to get her best friend back.

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Best In Show

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration86 mins

Best In Show(2000)

Hilarious satire site in the world of championship dog breeding, from the creators of This is Spinal Tap.

Proud dog owners and their complex relationships with their prized pooches are sent up in this character-driven comedy about the competitive and often neurotic world of dog breeding.

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Max

Cert12

Age group11–16

Duration106 mins

Max(2015)

Emotional drama about a teen looking after his late brother's marine dog.

When a tragedy-stricken family take in their fallen son’s marine dog Max, he will only respond to troubled younger brother Justin, and the two help one another cope with their terrible loss.

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