Glenn Close, who played Cruella in the movie, experienced a real-life sneaky move from one of the dogs as it tried to get away from her after seeing her in costume and makeup (can you imagine the chaos on the movie set?) There were about 230 puppies and 20 adult Dalmatians used during the filming. In fact, one of the major challenges of this project was to be able to find all these furry actors and train them in time for the shoot! A puppy paradise, if you ask us!
The movie did so well that it made over $100 million in the opening weekend alone. And we’re not sure how many of you noticed, but the movie also features Gru from Despicable Me walking his dog in the park. In fact, that’s not the only reference to Despicable Me: the house you see with the many cats? Look closely and you’ll notice the anchorman on TV.
Thanks to the film, the famous orca (Keiko) was moved to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in 1996 and to a sea pen in Iceland in 1998. All this was done after there was a huge protest in the country to release Keiko in the wild. However, Keiko’s reintroduction to the wild invited much controversy, as many believed that his years in captivity would render him unable to acclimate to wild surroundings. In 2003, he reportedly died of pneumonia in Norway.
The fun cannot be missed in this one; in fact, all the extras in the scenes were not actors, but professional circus performers hired from around the world. And one of these professionals also helped Eva Green overcome her fear of heights so she could perform the stunts by herself. With “Big Ears” as its code name, Dumbo is widely recognized as a well-known work of literature and cinema.
To date, it remains one of the all-time favorite movies among many adults who watched it growing up! A mix of adventure and comedy, the movie inspired a franchise, which didn’t disappoint either. If you’re looking for a feel-good, relaxing family comedy, then Stuart Little would definitely be a good watch for you and your kids.
However, you’d be surprised to know that Murphy is, in fact, extremely scared of animals and requested that they be digitally imposed on screen. In scenes where this wasn’t possible, Murphy would end up being completely terrified at the end of the shoot—a hilarious on- and off-screen story for sure! The film borrows only certain elements from the original book, giving the project’s screenwriters ample creative freedom.
Thanks to the technology used in films today, the makers have made the animals look extremely real on screen, piquing the viewer’s interest. It even won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. You’ll be fascinated to know that Baloo’s character was made to be so large and detailed that each frame almost took five hours of rendering time. It was released in India a week ahead of its debut in the US. This was done to honor the Indian landscape depicted in the film.
A few frames in the film took days to be rendered—this speaks volumes about the complexity and detail present in the movie. In fact, the sea water portrayed in the movie looked so real that the animators had to rework it to make it look fake! The film received so much love and appreciation from across the world that Finding Dory, its sequel, was launched in 2016. Ellen Degeneres played Dory in the movie, and it was the character that was adored by most.
The film did so well that just after two years of its release, it raked in $46.7 million at the international box office. In the movie, Hachi was played by three dogs, and Richard Gere played the professor. One of the inspirations for Gere to do this movie was to be able to share some of his projects with his young son, and a movie around dogs seemed to be just the right choice!