Pets in movies and television just seem so much better than those in real life. Whether it's because they can talk, they aren't a real animal, or they are just plain amazing, we can't help but wish we had these critters by our side.
Aladdin’s mischievous pet monkey Abu was always either trying to fill his stomach or look out for his friends. Watching the fez-wearing primate communicate his apprehensions of the princess Jasmine in squeaks and mutters is comical and cute.
Brian Griffin (Family Guy)
Sometimes it’s hard to even think of Brian as a dog since he speaks and acts exactly like a human, and a sophisticated one at that. When not discussing literature or sipping martinis, Brian is helping the members of his family through their various trials and tribulations.
Toothless (How To Train Your Dragon)
Toothless not only showed a Viking village how great a pet dragon could be, he also showed it to everyone who saw “How To Train Your Dragon.” When he was not flying at supersonic speed and blasting fire, Toothless was cutely awkward trying to smile and share his half-eaten fish heads with Hiccup.
Toto (The Wizard of Oz)
Another iconic pet in the world of cinema is Dorothy’s dog Toto, the addressee of the famous line, “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.” Toto was Dorothy’s ever-present piece of home that she clung to as she journeyed through the new and strange land of Oz.
Rapunzel’s chameleon sidekick surely has no shortage of personality. Clearly, he is very supportive of Rapunzel’s decision to leave the tower and has also become very protective of her, as he grows suspicious of anyone who may do her any harm.
In a world filled with three-headed dogs, dragons, and hippogriffs, an owl has to be pretty special to steal the show, but that’s exactly what Harry Potter’s snow-white owl Hedwig was. Throughout all of Harry’s adventures, Hedwig was by his side, up until her tragic death in the final film. Hedwig was not only a devoted pet, but also a friend to Harry as he was first entering the wizarding world.
Ash Ketchum’s little yellow mouse friend has proven his power and loyalty time and time again. With the ability to unleash powerful electric shocks at whim, Pikachu can often transition from cute to ferocious in mere seconds, but his love for his trainer makes him a powerful ally rather than an adversary.
The titular star of a seven-movie franchise, Beethoven is another staple in the world of movie dogs. Although the St. Bernard is often rambunctious, he is committed to helping his owners in any way that he can.
Chance (Homeward Bound)
The comic element of the “Homeward Bound” trio, Chance was also the heart of the film. Sure, we were glad when the older children were reunited with Shadow and Sassy, but the waterworks truly began when Chance was running towards his master.
Gromit (Wallace and Gromit)
Gromit is the mute, stop-motion pet dog of the eccentric inventor Wallace. Although Wallace is the inventor, Gromit is clearly the brains of the operation, as he is handier with electronics and seems to run the household. Although Gromit has no visible mouth and never speaks, his body language speaks volumes for him.
Zero (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
Jack Skellington’s pet dog ghost is loyal to the end, and then some. Zero’s primary feature is his glowing nose, which Jack uses to guide his sleigh as he commandeers Christmas.
Salem was the sarcastic, talking cat that stole most of his scenes in “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” Technically he was an evil wizard who was turned into a cat as a punishment, but his constant wisecracks and banter definitely don’t give off the evil vibe.
The inspiring story of an abandoned piglet that dreams of becoming a sheepdog brought audiences to tears, and to the realization that pigs are super cute.
The most endearingly voiced pet dog in movies is Dug from “Up,” hands down. Although he has a short attention span and isn’t very bright, he is quick to love anyone he meets and will go to incredible lengths to help them in any way.
The paragon of all movie pets is undoubtedly Lassie, the wonderdog that has saved countless lives in her illustrious career. Birthed from a short story in 1938, Lassie has been the best-known dog in the world for almost a century, and for good reason. Intelligent, loyal, and brave, every depiction of Lassie shows him saving the lives of his owners from various perils.
Stitch (Lilo & Stitch)
A crazed, tiny blue alien and a friendless Hawaiian girl: it isn’t exactly a match you see every day. Although hostile at first, Stitch grew to love Lilo and became the friend she never had before. From riding around town on bikes to saving the world from aliens, there was nothing these two couldn’t do together.