Top Ten Thursdays: Animals in Movies

As I surf the net with Dunston Checks In playing in the background, I was quickly inspired for a new Top Ten Thursday.  I have decided to focus on top ten animal characters from films.  Sadly Dunston did not make the list, however, the ten I choose are certainly their own beasts in the world of cinema.

10.) The Goats - The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)

While they only serve a minor importance in teh film, the goats from this star driven comedy are an excellent addition to an expertly crafted comedy.

9.) White Mane - White Mane (1953)

An intensely sentimental film that is both achingly beautiful and heartbreaking.  For more info check my previous review.

8.) The Gopher - Caddyshack (1980)

Only a mechanical snickering gopher could stand counterpoint to the hilarity of Bill Murray.

7.) Mr. Fox - The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

He truly is one fantastic fox.

6.) The Creatures - Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Sure they are not technically animals, but their bestial nature is justifiable for inclusion on this list.

5.) Kong - King Kong (1933)

"The eight wonder of the world!"

4.) Balthazar - Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)

The saddest movie involving an animal ever, Au Hasard Balthazar is an existential film about peoples triumphs and tragedies as seen through the eyes of a donkey.

3.) The Falcon - The Maltese Falcon (1941)

"It's the stuff that dreams are made of..."

2.) The Monkeys - 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Serving as a connection between the evolution of technology, the monkeys in 2001 are as human in their expression as they are barbaric in their understanding of the monolith.

1.) Gojira - Gojira (1954)

I picked Gojira almost entirely for his death scene, it is so oneiric and truly serves as an example of the tragedies present in nuclear proliferation, at least as they relate to the natural world.

Honorable Mention

Blanche - House (1977)
The Zoo - A Zed and Two Noughts (1986)
Dug - Up (2009)

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