In celebration of Love Your Pet Day today, we fell down a rabbit hole of pets used for storytelling in some of our favorite movies, TV shows, and books.
(Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, art by John Tenniel)Sometimes raises philosophical points that annoy or baffle Alice. It does, however, appear to cheer her up when it turns up suddenly at the Queen of Hearts' croquet field, and when sentenced to death baffles everyone by having made its head appear without its body, sparking a massive argument between the executioner and the King and Queen of Hearts about whether something that does not have a body can indeed be beheaded.
(Discworld by Terry Pratchett, art by Paul Kidby)A foul-tempered, one-eyed grey tomcat whose owner, Nanny Ogg, insists against all the evidence that he is a sweet, harmless kitten. In the course of the books, he has killed two vampires."Under the table, Greebo sat and washed himself. Occasionally he burped. Vampires have risen from the dead, the grave and the crypt, but never managed it from the cat." Witches Abroad
(Aliens)Jones, nicknamed Jonesy by Ellen Ripley, was on board the USCSS Nostromo for rodent control and as a companion for the crew.Ripley and Jones were the only survivors of the Xenomorph encounter."And you, you little shithead, you're staying here." Ripley to Jones, something any cat owner can relate to.
(The Wizard of Oz)In the first book by L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and the movie adaptation, Toto belongs to Dorothy Gale and is her faithful companion through thick and thin.In Tik-Tok of Oz by Baum, Toto reveals he is able to talk, like other animals in the Land of Oz bur simply choses not to."Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
(The Addams Family)Aristotle is Pugsley Addams's pet octopus from the classic TV show, The Addams Family. Morticia knitted Aristotle a sweater, when noise keeps him awake he'd get rings under his tentacles, and he tried to hug Pugsley's teacher."Anyone who'd hate an octopus is warped." Gomez says of Mother Lurch.(The Addams family also owned Kitty Kat, a fully-grown lion.)
(Green Acres)Arnold Ziffel was a pig featured on Green Acres, another classic TV show, where a pair of city-dwellers more to Hooterville. Arnold comes to be treated as the couple's son and the people of Hooterville just...go with it."How can you carry on a conversation with him? I can't understand a thing he's saying!""That's because you don't listen!"If you enjoyed this round up, you should check out some of our other recent posts!