Every time we scroll Instagram, and a cat video pops up with a cat snuggling fit in en empty basin, or a doggo does a boop, we can’t help but smile and feel paw-sitive about life. Our furry friends not just melt our hearts, they’ve gone on to win hearts on bigger screens. With animals as protagonists, every adult and kid in the room are amused by their quirks and only wish they could jump through the screen for a boop or a hug
Hachikō from, Hachi : A Dog’s Tale
Based on a true life story, Hachi : A Dog’s Tale tells us the tale of an unbreakable friendship between Japanese professor Ueno and a golden brown Akita dog, Hachikō. Every day, Hachikō would greet the professor at Shibuya Station, near Tokyo, after his day’s work. This warm welcome continued every day, till one day, the professor who had died of a cerebral haemorrhage at the university, did not arrive to meet his friend. Yet, his friend arrived in the hope of meeting him everyday for the next 9 years, till he died of cancer.
This heart touching tale is testament to the age old adage, that a dog truly is man’s best friend. Hachi ‘s loyalty warmed the passersby at the station to feed him treats every day of his 9 year wait, exactly at the time the train arrived.
Fondly remembered as “chūken Hachikō” , meaning faithful dog in Japanese, his statues have been erected as a symbol of loyalty at Shibuya station , University of Tokyo and even placed him next to Professor Ueno’s grave at Aoya Cemetry.
(Yes, it’s okay to reach out for those tissues. Brb, crying)
Remy from Ratatouille
“Anybody can cook”, declared Auguste Gusteau. Yes, anybody, which includes Remy, the fine chef rat at Gusteau’s restaurant, who added his personal touch to the famed French dish, Ratatouille.
Remy, unlike his counterparts, was a food connoisseur and appreciated tastes (yes, beyond cheese) Being an outlier of his clan, Remy sneaks his way through holes and into the chef’s hat of the novice chef Linguini. Their partnership is a perfect recipe for success and fine taste, one that survives even sour phases in their friendship.
Remy teaches one that one is never too small to dream big and all you need to do is take small steps towards it.
Did you say cool cat? Because our ginger and pudgy Garfield, is just that and more. Garfield hates Mondays and loves lasagna (Relate much?)In fact, he found his love for lasagna from the Italian kitchen restaurant he was born in.
Loved for his smugness, Jim Davis’s Garfield hasn’t budged from the top of the Guiness Book of World record for being the only comic strip to be published 2,570 papers and being read by more than 263 million readers around the world.
Garfield is a mischief maker and is always shown poking fun at his owner Jon Arbuckle and his dog Odie, throwing in sarcastic one liners every now and then. His avatars have changed over the years, but the one feature that sticks to the tabby cat is his belly,and that is by design.
It gives out the message of healthy bodies with a touch of humour. Even when everyone mocks him for his weight, he is comfortable in his own skin. He is flawed and he is comfortable with it. It is these imperfections that make him a character generations across love like one of their own pets.
Now that’s what you call feline fine, yeah?
Timon & Pumbaa
“Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase!”
Singing their blues away for the rest of their days are, the Lion King fame meerkat warthog duo, Timon and Pumba, teach Simba the Hakuna Matata style. In true friendship style, these two sidekicks never leave Simba’s side till he ascends the throne of Pride Lands
Pumba: “You know, kid, in times like this my buddy Timon here says, ‘You got to put your behind in your past…’”
Timon: “No. No. No. Amateur. Lie down before you hurt yourself. It’s ‘You gotta put your past behind you.’”
With a llittle bit of humour, the problem free philosophy, the duo teach us that when life gives us lemons, you can always make lemonade.
Now those are some #BestFriendsForever goals we’re talking about!
Let’s sing along!
Padfoot : Sirius Black Animagus
“Normally, I have a very sweet disposition as a dog; in fact, more than once, James suggested I make the change permanent. The tail I could live with…but the fleas, they’re murder.“
Besides being Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black could transfigure into his Animagus (animal avatar), Padfoot. In fact it is this avatar, that helped him escape the soul sucking clutches of the Dementors at Azkaban. Just like a black dog is shunned as ominous in a lot of cultures, The Grim spells death in the magical world. The infamous Grim was revealed as Sirius who was said to be a notorious murderer.
In fact Sirius is innocent and he knew it. He is fiercely protective of his friends and would even lay his life for them.
Padfoot teaches us that appearances are deceptive and that we must never judge a book by its cover.
These were only a handful of fictional characters that have left lasting impressions on us audiences. Animals have an innate ability to be sensitive, understand us, without speaking a word.
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