Since the advent of cinema, audiences have been amused by films featuring animals, whether in animation or documentary form.
According to review aggregator Metacritic, the most popular pet movies are listed below.
1. Ratatouille (G)
Remy, a Parisian rat, enjoys fine cuisine and has an exceptional palette.
He enlists the help of a hapless human chef to achieve his goal of becoming a chef at one of the most exclusive restaurants in Paris.
“Fast-paced and brilliantly animated, Ratatouille adds another delightfully amusing entry—and a very unusual hero—to the Pixar canon,” according to the Rotten Tomatoes critics’ consensus.
2. Up (G)
With his cantankerous old balloon salesman having to leave the home he and his late wife constructed, this uplifting cartoon begins.
In his flying house, with a young boy, he embarks on an incredible journey, where they encounter an amicable dog named Dug.
“An exhilarating, humorous, and heartbreaking adventure, Up presents an expertly structured story delivered with wit and arranged with depth, as well as yet another visual Pixar treat,” says the Rotten Tomatoes critics’ consensus. “
3. The Red Turtle (G)
Silently animated, The Red Turtle tells the narrative of a shipwrecked man who finds himself stranded on a barren island.
When he first meets the titular creature, he is frantic to flee, but he develops a great friendship with him.
With a deceptively simple plot that has narrative layers as complex and fascinating as its stunning images, critics on Rotten Tomatoes have unanimously declared that “The Red Turtle adds to Studio Ghibli’s estimable history.”
4. The Black Stallion (G)
A little boy and his father are going along the North African coast when they come across a gorgeous black Arabian horse.
An island nearby is where the child and horse build a deep friendship after the ship sinks.
When it comes to the romantic longings we believed Hollywood had left behind in the 1950s, we need go no farther than The Black Stallion by Michael Blowen of The Boston Globe.
Lassie, the family’s intelligent Collie, is up for sale by an out-of-work miner who is short on cash.
It doesn’t take long before he, his son, and the canine’s new owner become fast friends.
This Lassie demonstrates a repertoire of facial expressions that would put Jim Carrey to shame, according to a New York Times reviewer.
6. Project Nim (PG-13)
chimpanzee named Nim Chimpsky is the subject of this film.
While Project Nim, a controversial 1970s research experiment, was the subject of the film, the question of whether a primate grown in close proximity to humans could develop a limited “language” was also examined.
At the 65th British Academy Film Prizes, Project Nim was nominated for 27 awards, including Best Documentary, for which it was awarded 15 honors.
7. Babe (G)
Babe, a piglet born during a county fair, charms a sentimental elderly farmer. However, Hoggett’s top sheepdog, Rex, is envious of the lovable pig and immediately dislikes it.
“The rare family-friendly picture with a heart as enormous as its special effects budget, Babe” has the unanimous approval of Rotten Tomatoes critics.
8. 101 Dalmatians (G)
For the ultimate fur coat, Cruella de Vil plans to use the skins of one hundred and one Dalmatian pups.
The evil heiress then hires a gang of thugs to take control of the dogs and make them their own.
With a colorful villain (Cruella De Vil) and many pooches, this is one of the most enduring and amusing Disney animated pictures.”
9. Isle of Dogs (PG)
Dogs from the fictional Megasaki City are deported to Trash Island, a massive rubbish dump, by a corrupt governor.
In quest of his security dog Spots, this Mayor’s young henchman sets out on a journey.
“The wonderfully stop-motion animated Isle of Dogs sees Wes Anderson at his detail-oriented finest while telling one of the director’s most winsomely appealing stories,” according to Rotten Tomatoes’ critics’ consensus.
10. A Fish Called Wanda (R)
This comedy, whose title is derived from the infamous incident in which a pet goldfish is eaten alive, has four strangers who work together to execute armed robbery.
But when they try to defraud each other of their ill-gotten gains, things go spectacularly awry.
There is a general consensus among Rotten Tomatoes critics who say that A Fish Called Wanda is “smartly written, cleanly directed, and effectively cast,” as stated by Rotten Tomatoes.
11. Stray Dog
This film explores the colorful life of Vietnam veteran and tiny dog lover Ron ‘Stray Dog’ Hall, a biker.
Granik’s complex picture also functions as a telling state-of-the-union speech, as viewed through the compassionate eyes of her philosophical main subject, noted critic Michael Rechtshaffen of The Los Angeles Times.
12. Lady and the Tramp (G)
An overindulged cockapoo When Lady’s human owners conceive a kid, her privileged existence is ruined.
Tramp, a rough stray street dog, befriends the ex-pet when she is on the run and on the streets.
“A nostalgic charmer, Lady and the Tramp’s token sweetness is mighty, but the songs and beautifully colorful animation are technically great and make for a memorable experience,” according to Rotten Tomatoes’ critics’ consensus.
Hundreds of thousands of cats have been freely roaming the streets of Istanbul for millennia, wandering into and out of the lives of city residents as they like.
“Kedi is a cat fancier’s dream, but this insightful, gorgeously produced study at Istanbul’s street feline population offers engaging viewing for filmgoers of any purr-suasion,” says the Rotten Tomatoes critics’ consensus.
14. Marona’s Fantastic Tale
The story of a dog’s journey from one owner to the next is the focus of this award-winning film.
“Images appear glued together like a collage, with components created from diverse styles,” Teo Bugbee, of the New York Times, says.
15. Birdman of Alcatraz (PG)
Robert Stroud, a young man who was imprisoned for murder, is the subject of this biographical film drama.
Despite the fact that Alcatraz forbids inmates from having pets, Stroud manages to become a world-renowned bird expert while confined in an isolation cell for extended periods of time.
A review in Variety said that “Birdman revers the formula and expands the form.”
16. Rango (PG)
It’s an unlikely turn of events when pet chameleon Rango assumes the role of sheriff in an unsavory frontier town after arriving there unexpectedly.
“Rango is a witty, giddily imaginative explosion of wonderfully animated entertainment, and Johnny Depp offers a colorful vocal performance as a family pet in a new environment,” says the critics’ consensus on Rotten Tomatoes about the film.
17. John Wick (R)
Until his retirement, a famed hitman touted a list of former clients that included the mob.
After a criminal killed his cherished dog Daisy, he returns to work with a vengeance.
The consensus among Rotten Tomatoes reviews is that “John Wick serves as a satisfying return to action for Keanu Reeves – and what seems like the first of a franchise.”
18. The Secret Life of Pets (G)
One day, his owner decides to adopt an unruly dog, and the spoiled terrier has to give up his luxurious lifestyle.
A group of abandoned pets is on a crusade to avenge the harm they’ve suffered at the hands of humans.
The consensus among Rotten Tomatoes reviews is that “The Secret Life of Pets is a wonderfully animated, pleasantly undemanding family-friendly diversion.”