Gorillas in the Mist is a tender story of the relationship between a woman and animals. What is your favorite human-animal film? Neal Gabler likes Old Yeller, The Voice of Bugle Ann, and National Velvet.
I’d put on the list some of the old classics, like “My Friend Flicka” with Roddy McDowall; “National Velvet” with Elizabeth Taylor; and “Lassie Come Home” with McDowall and Taylor; then “The Black Stallion” with Mickey Rooney; and “Harry and Tonto” with Art Carney; and the more recent films like “Hidalgo” with Viggo Mortensen and Omar Sharif and that amazing desert race; “Turner & Hooch” with Tom Hanks and Mare Winningham and the ever-slobbering Hooch; and finally “Willard,” about a boy and his rat, with Bruce Davison and Ernest Borgnine and the late great Elsa Lanchester.
My all-time favorite classic film in this category is 1943’s “Lassie Come Home” with Roddy McDowall and that superb English cast, especially Donald Crisp and Elsa Lanchester as McDowall’s parents and, of course, Lassie, who was played by a male collie, Pal.
My recent favorite in this category is the 2003 remake of “Willard”, which was also called “Willard” and starred the one and only Crispin Glover who was obsessively drawn into a virtual orgy of “rat love”.
(If you want your “rat love” on a more rarified plane, then I’d suggest the original “Willard” with the adorable Bruce Davison and the immediate sequel, “Ben”, with a nearly-as-adorable Lee Harcourt Montgomery.)
Doctor Doolittle, the original 1967 musical with Rex Harrison, you can forget the Eddie Murphy remakes; JAWS (1975); the two Babe The Pig movies; and I found My Dog Skip (2000) with Frankie Munz to be especially touching.
Hi, Though it is a sad movie, my favorite animal movie is The Yearling with Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman. Eugenia Renskoff
Born Free is by far my favorite animal-human relations film. HAs been since I was a child. I have a room devoted to the Bron Free theme.
Born Free is by far my favorite animal-human relations film. Has been since I was a child. I have a room devoted to the Born Free theme.