The Most Adorable Animals In Movie History

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Twenty years ago on August 4, an adorable little pig named Babe baa-ram-ewe’d his way into the hearts of moviegoers everywhere. The talking piglet took the box office by storm. His namesake film also racked up an impressive seven Academy Award nominations. There’s an old showbiz gospel that advises never to work with children or animals. In the case of Babe and his adorable pals Maa and Fly, however, we’re glad some brave filmmakers choose to ignore that axiom.

Animated creatures are equally adorable, but this is a celebration of the very real animals who've brought down the house with their turns on the silver screen. From Toto in The Wizard of Oz to the monkey in The Hangover, these clever animals nearly steal the show from their human co-stars. Indeed, in several cases, they're definitely the movie’s star attraction.

Get ready to “aww” and “squee.” These are the cutest animals in film history.
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Photo: Courtesy of MGM.
Toto, The Wizard of Oz (1939)

One of the most iconic pups of all time, although his ability to ascertain when he is and isn't in Kansas is dubious at best. Everyone knows dogs are terrible at reading maps.

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Photo: Courtesy of MGM.
Pirate “The Pie,National Velvet (1944)

Velvet declines the offer for her horse to become a Hollywood star, but he’s still quite a handsome creature.

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Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
The Cat, Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

The film's unnamed cat was played by Orangey, who had already made a name for himself as an animal performer before making Breakfast at Tiffany’s. He has more credits on his IMDb page (yup, he has one) than some human actors, and won a Patsy Award from the American Humane Association for his work as Holly Golightly’s cat. Here are all of his scenes.

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Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.
Milo & Otis, The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986)

They’re a cat and a dog who are best friends and go on adventures. That’s actually one of the definitions of “cute” in every dictionary. Fine, it should be.

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Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.
Beethoven, Beethoven (1992) & Beethoven’s 2nd (1993)

Let’s forget about the nefarious animal-testing scheme being run by Beethoven’s shady vet, and focus instead on the adorably large St. Bernard that takes care of the Newton children better than most babysitters. It proves to be good practice for when Beethoven becomes a father himself (to Chubby, Dolly, Tchaikovsky, and Moe) in Beethoven’s 2nd.

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Photo: Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures.
Chance, Sassy, & Shadow, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

Two dogs and a cat working together to make it back to their humans? Why don’t they make movies like this anymore?

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Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
Andre, Andre (1994)

Just the cute-as-heck story of a 9-year-old girl and her best friend, who happens to be a seal.

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Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.
Petey, The Little Rascals (1994)

This American Pit Bull Terrier is "ooooootay."

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Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.
Babe, Babe (1995)

This movie has it all: talking animals, an underdog story, a trusting relationship between a farmer and a pig, and, of course, a haughty cat named Duchess who likes to cause trouble.

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Photo: Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures.
The Dalmatian Puppies, 101 Dalmatians (1996)

As cute as this hoard of Dalmatian puppies is, we can’t help but pity anyone on set responsible for, you know, clean-up duty.

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Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.
Flipper, Flipper (1996)

Although it’s a bit of a toss-up as to who’s cuter: young Elijah Wood or his dolphin co-star.

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Photo: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.
Rodney, Dr. Dolittle (1998)

Bonus sassiness points for Chris Rock’s voice work.

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Mr. Jingles, The Green Mile (1999)

Mr. Jingles was actually played by roughly 30 trained mice. It’s just so hard to find talented and aesthetically pleasing rodent actors these days, you know?

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Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.
Mr. Jinx, Meet the Parents (2000)

This highly evolved feline can wave and use the toilet. Now, Jinxy cat, Jinxy cat, where are you?

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Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Hedwig, Harry Potter Parts 1-7 (2001-2010)

Harry Potter’s snowy owl sacrifices herself to save Harry and Hagrid, but let’s remember her in happier times, delivering mail to her beloved owner.

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Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.
Seabiscuit, Seabiscuit (2003)

“You know, everyone thinks that we found this broken-down horse and fixed him, but we didn't. He fixed us. Every one of us. And I guess in a way, we kinda fixed each other, too.” — Red Pollard (Tobey Maguire)

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Photo: Courtesy of Universal Studios.
Kumal & Sangha, Two Brothers (2004)

Twin tiger cubs are separated and struggle to survive until they can see each other again. Just let the tiger brothers reunite!

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Photo: Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Tina, Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

In what's already the most random movie of all time, of course they have a pet llama. “Tina, eat. Eat the food!”

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Lassie, Lassie (2005)

The do-gooder collie just loves rescuing children from wells, mines, and other dangerous locales.

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Photo: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.
Winn-Dixie, Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)

This spunky Berger Picard (named after a supermarket chain) helps a father and daughter rebuild their relationship. When animals help humans forge emotional connections, it's the sweetest love of all.

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Photo: Courtesy of Warner Independent Pictures.
Penguins, March of the Penguins (2005)

Look at those penguins, marching away in their matching formalwear as if on their way to a symphony performance or the Oscars. JUST LOOK AT THEM.

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Photo: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.
Marley, Marley & Me (2008)

This beloved trickster causes all sorts of trouble for the Grogan family, but damn, if he isn’t adorable while doing so.

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Photo: Courtesy of Sony Pictures.
Hachi, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)

This devoted pup waits for his owner at the train station every day. We’ll leave it at that, because any more details bring on the waterworks.

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Photo: Peter Brooker /REX USA.
Nuts, The Back-up Plan (2010)

Nubbins, one of the three dogs that portray Jennifer Lopez’s character’s pet canine Nuts in the film, reportedly managed to upstage Lopez at the movie's Hollywood premiere.

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Photo: Everett Collection/REX USA.
Crystal the Monkey, The Hangover Part II (2011)

Undoubtedly the best part of the movie, save for the fact that they have her smoking (although the cigarettes she holds were reportedly unlit). Crystal is an extremely famous and in-demand animal actor. The capuchin also stars in Night at the Museum, Community, and We Bought a Zoo.

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Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.
Cat, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Mikael Blomkvist, a writer and journalist, creatively calls this stray he finds “Cat.” Very clever.

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Photo: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.
Rosie, Water for Elephants (2011)

Seen here with the also-adorable Robert Pattinson.

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Photo: Courtesy of Touchstone Pictures.
Joey, War Horse (2011)

With a diamond star on his forehead and four white socks, this miraculous horse becomes a legend when he survives after being stranded in no man’s land during World War I.

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Photo: Courtesy of The Weinstein Company.
The Dog, The Artist (2011)

Uggie’s performance as “The Dog” in The Artist was so compelling, many film critics and fans started a grassroots campaign to solicit a Best Supporting Actor Oscar or BAFTA nomination for the Jack Russell terrier. Don’t worry, Uggie didn’t let the fame go to his head. He has since retired.

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Photo: Courtesy of CBS Films.
Ulysses, Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

This ginger cat was a metaphor for Llewyn’s elusive music career and success — always escaping his grasp and wandering off, just out of reach, then pausing to show a brief bit of affection to toy with his emotions.

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