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Wed, Dec 9 | By Kevin Kisthart | 132

Welcome to the first annual Zootoo top-ten animal movies list! We’ll all remember this decade for a lot of things – but great movies about animals is definitely one of them. (Well, at least around here.) Our contenders feature animals of all s… more ›

Counting Down the Decade’s Best Animal Movies
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Josiesue02
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Josiesue02
4 years ago

Im 26 and Finding Nemo is one of my favorite movies of all time. Ive seen it dozens of times.

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Doug51008
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Doug51008
4 years ago

There other few animal movies that aren't mention. Duma, about an orphaned cheetah that becomes best friend and pet of a young boy living in South Africa. Two Brothers, about two tigers that are separated as cubs and taken into captivity, only to be reunited years later as enemies. My dog skip, With that lovable Jack Russell dog and that kid from Malcolm in the middle.

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Shay E.
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Shay E.
4 years ago

I loved Finding Nemo and Marley and Me !

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Carly T.
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Carly T.
4 years ago

Loved Seabiscuit and Eight Below...

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Kaylee
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Kaylee
4 years ago

Hi! I liked Hotel for dogs too! All animal lovers shoudl see it. Marley and Me was okay, but a little sad. You may need the kleenex. I voted for Ice Age.
Thanks,
Mastifflover48

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di
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di
4 years ago

Maybe it is old, but I loved hotel for dogs and thought it surely had a clear message. So quickly forgotten, but then I love scooby-doo to.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

the colors in nemo are just beautiful and dory is my favorite. even though up is not spacificly about animals there are lots of dogs and a prehistoring bird. the colors in this movie are also very beautiful

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Chelsea c.
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Chelsea c.
4 years ago

I love finding nemo and ice age but to pick one it would have to be finding nemo!! Just keep swiming....lol

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Kacie K.
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Kacie K.
4 years ago

Finding Nemo is my favorite.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i also loved seabisquit. from what i know the story was pretty close to how it really happened. and it was very close to the book that i also have

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Debby
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Debby
4 years ago

I liked three of them a lot.. some I haven't seen
I liked Madagascar, Ice Age and Finding Nemo

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i voted for nemo. the colors were beautiful and the story was heartwarming

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

It was a clever story. I couldn't imagine how they would be able to find or save "Nemo", but they did!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

mz they sure did and i loved dori she was the best characture in the movie and i loved the turtle saying cool dude

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Lherbertson
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Lherbertson
4 years ago

From this decade, there's also Ratatouille and Shrek. Both featured animals.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

don't forget the animals in up. that was wonderful. the dogs and the prehistoric bird

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

This article contains the "decade's best" movies, yet is supposed to be the first "annual" list of best animal movies. This is contradictory.

How about a NEW list of animal-related movies released in 2009 (including any before the end of the year)????? That would make more sense.

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Stevecat511
4 years ago

I loved the Happy Feet movie as did my hubby! But, when we saw Marley and me, we were both in agreement that it was the greatest family movie we had seen in some time. It tore at your heart strings, made you laugh and made you think, "OMG!" all at once! It was a movie that I am sure I will watch again!

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Rescue12304
4 years ago

I have to say I was a big fan of "Finding Nemo." Disney did an excellent job - it was funny, cute, sad, and with a memorable ending. I also love how Disney is able to mix "adult" and "child" humor in the same movie without being so obvious about it. Ellen Degeneres did an excellent job portraying her character, and I love the way Disney portrays the fish in a tank.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

in the movie up there were a lot of animals including dogs. up was one of my favorite movies of the year and decade

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
4 years ago

I loved Finding Nemo, but I had to vote for March of the Penguins. I learned so many interesting things - like how after the mothers lay the eggs, the fathers protect them. Also, watching all the penguins huddle to stay warm in the frigid temperatures. Really a neat movie.

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Ches21
4 years ago

Marley and me is a good movie but it is also sad I have watched the movie before I saw the movie I read the book and I was close to the end of the book when I had to return it to the library for someone else to have but once I saw the movie I decided not to read the rest of the book thinking that the ending of the book would make me cry even more than the movie because to me a book seems to be more like you get captured in the pages and for awhile there it seems like this story that you are reading is your life but with a movie it's diffrent. I would be in a book over a movie any day.

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Ches21
4 years ago

Here are a couple other animal movies that are good ones;
101 dalmations, Air bud, Bethoven, Lady and the tramp, The princess and the frog, The lion king, Lilo and Stitch, Balto, Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, Prancer, Life is ruff, White Fang, Rikki-Tiki-Tavvi

These are just a few of them.

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Stevecat511
4 years ago

I agree! I loved Prancer! I try to watch it every year if it's on television.

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Melissa S.
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Melissa S.
4 years ago

I had to vote for Eight Below! When the dogs are pulling the sled, Luka will sit in front of the TV and cry. She doesn't understand why she's not outside pulling a sled with thoes dogs!

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Bowne
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Bowne
4 years ago

I must admit that I really enjoy the animated movies. Nemo was my #1.

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Johnnynalex
4 years ago

i admit marley n me was a good movie but it is so sad it could never be my favorite.i cant believe it made #2 nemo...i saw that coming.

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
4 years ago

What about Lady & the Tramp?
That is a great movie

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

one of my favorites as a kid

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
4 years ago

you know I liked it cause it had a cocker spaniel in it :)
I also LOVE Lion King

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
4 years ago

That one is a classic! and 101 Dalmatians, Fox and the Hound too. Now I really have the urge to curl up on the couch and watch some old favorites.

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
4 years ago

I agree Stephaine, the disney movies are classics
101 Dalmatians was such a good movie

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Lilyrose
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Lilyrose
4 years ago

I loved Lady and the Tramp when I was a kid! That is a good one!

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
4 years ago

thanks!

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
4 years ago

I agree, Kaytee! Lady and the Tramp was an awesome movie. My girls and me watched that numerous times together. It was definitely a classic!

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
4 years ago

it sure was, I love the old disney movies

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
4 years ago

I loved Madagascar, Happy Feet and Finding Nemo. I enjoy animation and the characters and personalities given the "animated actors" were great. I also enjoyed the "scenery" depicted in these films. :)

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

nemo was wonderful and the colors were glorious

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
4 years ago

Kung Fu Panda was also a cute movie. The fat panda made me laugh and I thought there was a good message with this movie.

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
4 years ago

Peggy, Happy Feet was one of my favorites too! It was really funny at times and sad at others.

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
4 years ago

Cathy,
I liked th beginning, but I could not finish it. When they put him in the Zoo. I got so sad I had too stop watching it :(

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Tessa
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Tessa
4 years ago

There are so many more classic animal movies out there that aren't on the list...Greyfrier's Bobby,National Velvet,Old Yeller,Where the Red fern Grows,Lassie,Black Beauty....the list is endless......

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

how could i forget national velvet on my list

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Diane H.
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Diane H.
4 years ago

Well, I've only seen Seabiscuit & Finding Nemo which were two very different types of movies. I wouldn't even classify Seabiscuit as a animal movie, it was more about the people involved; although the horse was magnificent.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

most that are not animated are like that. national velvet was really about the girl bir the pied was the real star to me

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Tina P.
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Tina P.
4 years ago

Of these 10 movies I've personally seen 2! Marly & Me and Eight Below! Both were "tissues needed" movies but I would jump at the opportunity to see either of them again! :)

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
4 years ago

I hate to admit this, but I haven't seen any of these. I saw bits and pieces of March of the Penguins and it looked cute.

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Tina P.
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Tina P.
4 years ago

Kathy, you should see Marley and Me! It is a great movie! I watched it a while back on On-Demand on cable.

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
4 years ago

It's sad and I cry when I watch sad movies.

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
4 years ago

Kavy, I started watching March of the Penguins & stopped when one of the babies gets killed.Don't watch it, it's sad

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
4 years ago

I'm glad you told me. I cried when I watched the film documentary "Wild Dogs of Africa" I get more upset about sad animal movies than sad people movies.

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
4 years ago

It is a great movie. I never knew penguins were such interesting creatures.

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
4 years ago

My daughter LOVES penguins. She's always telling me interesting facts about them.

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
4 years ago

They really are. In the zoo, they just look like dumb little birds, but what they go through for survival is nothing short of amazing.

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
4 years ago

I watched it too, Linda! Isn't that the one that was narrated by Samuel L. Jackson? It was pretty good and very informational.

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
4 years ago

I think so or maybe Morgan Freeman(?), although it's been awhile since I've seen it. I was just blown away seeing what they go through to survive.

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
4 years ago

It was Morgan Freeman - not sure why I remembered that, but I just looked it up and that's who it was.

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Brandi O.
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Brandi O.
4 years ago

what about Hotel for dogs that is the best movie

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Tina P.
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Tina P.
4 years ago

I've never seen that one but I've heard of it! I will vote for your comment! :)

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
4 years ago

That was definitely a great movie! Hubby and me just saw it last weekend.

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Alice M.
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Alice M.
4 years ago

although I loved Seabiscuit and Marley and Me, I had to vote for the penquins. Not only is this real life for the birds, they have to over come tremendous odds to live and to have success raising offspring, It IS about birds and birds get far too little attention. I laughed and cried. Hang tough my feathered friends!

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

good point

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
4 years ago

Well said, Alice! I agree that birds don't get nearly the attention they should!

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Alice M.
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Alice M.
4 years ago

most people don't think about birds as companions/pets. they don't know that birds have distinct personalities and can be loving. they have all the same emotional characteristics, just like dogs and cats. you can't rough them up like dogs and cats but they do also play and wrestle. Maybel not all birds, but the parrot family do, and I think the tiels and lovebirds will play wrestle also

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

Will this be coming out "annually" like the webisodes come out "weekly"???? If so, I'll look for the next list in, say, December 2013.

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Momba
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Momba
4 years ago

Can't slip anything past you, Michelle!

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Tina P.
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Tina P.
4 years ago

MZ, you're sure to keep them on their toes girl! Keep up the good work!

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
4 years ago

I was wondering the same thing, Michele! The hype and let down of that was discouraging, to say the least.

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Lilyrose
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Lilyrose
4 years ago

Personally, I can't even fathom why they would put animated films against ones with real characters. I voted for "Eight Below", it was a good drama! The dogs were awesome!

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

Or why movies from 2002 through 2008 are grouped together...

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Lilyrose
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Lilyrose
4 years ago

It is weird. They didn't list them by year, or alphabetically.

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

The writer must not have OCD.

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
4 years ago

Since they are numbered, I assumed that this was some sort of ranking system up to number 1?

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Tina P.
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Tina P.
4 years ago

Rose, although I voted for Marly & Me, I agree, Eight Below was awesome! I truly enjoyed that movie! You also bring up a valid point...why mix animated against 'real people' movies? Maybe they should reconsider this!

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

I agree, Rose. I wouldn't put animated movies and movies with real animals in the same category.

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
4 years ago

OK, get it straight. "March of the Penguins" is set in Anarctica--the south pole. There are no penguins in the Arctic--the north pole--having lived just below the Arctic Circle for 5 years. Both Anarctica and the Arctic are mentioned in this movie's description.

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

Good one Deb.

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
4 years ago

I've only watched 2 movies on this list, but have seen outakes from about 4. The penguins still the show in "Madagascar". I'd really like to see "Seabiscuit". A movie on Man-O-War will be coming out, and starring a throughbred from North Dakota!

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

Seabiscuit was long and boring--and sooooo predictable.

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Lilyrose
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Lilyrose
4 years ago

I am a huge horse lover, but I agree. "Seabiscuit' was a snooze-fest.

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

I read the book Marley & Me and refuse to watch the movie.

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
4 years ago

DevilDawg, it's good but sad.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

terrific man o war. i hope they make one of my hero secretariat

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
4 years ago

Shoot, maybe I got it wrong. Maybe it is Secretariat. I know one of the horses to play the famous race horse is from North Dakota.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

now i am excited. i wonde what horse they will get to play him. he is my hero. and i met him and petted him. and he smelled so god. and he was so handsome. and i could go on and on. and i have a bio of him and it is called the horse god built. how cool is that

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

One vote for "March Of The Penguins".

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

I like how animated films are thrown in among "real" animal stories as though they are also "real". The characters do take on a life of their own and become well-recognized, but they really, really, really aren't "real"!

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
4 years ago

We should come up with our own list--animated animal movies vs. real life animals starring in movies.

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

You may start and I'll grade your list! Try not to get an "F"!!!!

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Momba
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Momba
4 years ago

Ice Age and Finding Nemo were my favorites. I always like seeing results of the polls, and what people's tastes are.

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Lilyrose
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Lilyrose
4 years ago

My grandkids have watched "Finding Nemo" so many times, I feel like I know it by heart!

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
4 years ago

I was tied between Madagascar, March of the Penguins, & Finding Nemo. I refuse to see Marley & Me because I know I'll cry my eyes out!

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Carol
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Carol
4 years ago

I'm waiting for them to make a movie of Nicholas Spark's book, "The Guardian" - that would definitely be a tear jerker.

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