The Price Is Right is one of the longest and most successful game shows on television. This wildly successful show has been on the air since 1972. Since then, The Price Is Right has managed to prove that not all shows come with an expiration date. Let’s take a look at some of these surprising behind-the-scenes facts of this beloved game show.
Television host Bob Barker, hosted The Price Is Right from 1972 to 2007. Therefore, it was only natural that Barker’s name became synonymous with the game show that is The Price Is Right. When Barker left the show in 2007, new hosts had large shoes to fill.
Some of the celebrities being considered to host the show after Barker included actors Rosie O’ Donell and Mario Lopez. Ultimately, in 2007, actor Drew Carey was chosen to continue Barker’s hosting legacy.
A Very Special Microphone
The microphones used for The Price Is Right are made thin on purpose as they are believed to help the contestants face the camera confidently. It should be noted that many of the participants of The Price Is Right are making their first television appearances on the show.
Hence, it is natural for them to feel anxious and overwhelmed in terms of facing the camera. Therefore, producers use thin and light-weight microphones to put the contestants at ease without them having to worry about how they look or sound on television.
Casting Decisions Are Made by Show’s Co-Producer
Most of the major casting decisions for The Price Is Right are made by the show’s co-producer and contestant coordinator, Stan Blits. So, Blits is the man you should impress if you hope to go on the show as a contestant.
It is said that Blits, on average, talks to more than fifty thousand people, every season – a number that can easily pass off as the total population of some tiny island.
This Show Is ‘Real’
The truth about most of the reality shows on television is that many of the scenes featured aren’t actually real. Most reality shows are heavily edited in order to attract more viewers or draw attention.
Thankfully, The Price Is Right has steered itself miles away from such fakeness. It has always kept its content authentic and has always featured real contestants. Perhaps this is why it has struck a chord among its viewers.
You Have to Wait for Prizes
Contrary to popular belief, the contestants don’t get their prizes immediately after winning. Instead, they have to be patient and wait the good old-fashioned way for their prizes to arrive. The prizes take their sweet time to arrive, taking anywhere from three to five months to arrive.
Once they are delivered, it makes the entire waiting game worthwhile – and a sweet experience to reflect upon. After all, good things come to those who wait!
The Hair Saga
A lot of gaming hosts shy away from sporting silver or grey hair, but not former-host Bob Barker. In 1987, Barker floated the idea to the show’s producer, asking if they would allow him to keep his natural hair color on the show.
Guess what! The producer agreed – and the ratings soared. It’s the little touches like these that make this show more authentic and relatable to the viewers.
The Set Is Tiny
If you assume The Price Is Right set to be expansive, you are grossly mistaken. As per a contestant, who appeared in this game show in one of the seasons, “the set is super compact and has barely any room for the extra people.”
The contestant went on to explain to Reddit users, “There are 310 seats or so in the studio and the big doors actually do a semi-circle around the stage.”
The Plinko board is one of the famous and most loved games played on The Price Is Right. Contestants drop their Plinko chips into a slot on the board and watch as the chip bounces off various pegs and lands into a slot at the bottom with a specific monetary value.
Since there are only ten official Plinko chips used on The Price Is Right, they are heavily guarded and stored in a special box after each use. We would also like to tell you that in Season 43 of the show, the Plinko was played for $1,000,000!
Change in Format
The producers of The Price Is Right had to alter their vision – and change the format of the game after they hired Drew Carey. They initially had thought to incorporate simple games in the show that could be easily won by many people.
However, they were compelled to change their direction once Drew came on board. Apparently, Drew’s salary was so high that the producers were left with no choice but to make the games more complex.
Meet the Prize Department
The game show has a dedicated full-time prize team of about 20 people. Their primary responsibility is to prepare a list of items that can be given away as the prizes in The Price Is Right.
To make this job easy, this team has to be attuned to the products that are trending on the internet and offline while factoring in the other aspects such as availability, seasonality, price, and more in the mix.
Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White once appeared in this show as a contestant. White was believed to be only 23 years old when she participated in the show as a contestant. Though White didn’t win, she had her “come on down” moment.
White recalled her moment on the show, saying that she didn’t win a single thing. Little did she know that she would become known for her appearances on another game show!
The prices of the retail items featured on The Price Is Right are based on the price of that item in California. Mike Richards, an executive producer on the show, shared, “We are not shopping in Alabama for peas one day, then Florida, then Maine, and then Nevada.”
In short, prices set by California retailers are the gold standard for the show in order to avoid any ambiguity and price conflicts – a move that makes a lot of sense.
The Show Has a Lot Full of Cars
The backstage of The Price Is Right looks like a small parking lot with around thirty to forty cars parked at any given point. Like many of the prizes featured on the show, cars are kept near the set.
Cars are a huge part of the show and one of the most desired prizes that contestants can win. They are kept backstage so that they can be handed over to the winner instantly.
An Unfortunate Incident
Since The Price Is Right is essentially a game show, things can get a bit out of hand. Though producers do their best to maintain safety standards on the set of the show, there have been instances when accidents have happened.
In 1987, model Janice Pennington was left with a broken collarbone when she was hit by a camera The incident required her to undergo multiple surgeries, leaving her with uneven shoulders and a large scar.
Your Prize Money Is Taxed
Most people do not enjoy paying taxes, especially not for items won on a game show. If you thought that the prizes won on The Price Is Right were not taxable, you would be wrong. Prizes and money won on the show are subject to state and federal tax.
But, the buck doesn’t stop here. Taxes are determined based on the prize’s full-retail value meaning that some people end up giving up their prize because they can’t pay the taxes associated with the item!
The Famous Faces
Over the decades, The Price Is Right has seen many popular faces making an appearance in the show as contestants. Some of the popular figures who have appeared on the show include celebrities like Seth Rogen, Giuliana Rancic, and others.
In 2013, Rancic got to appear as a game show model on a special episode dedicated to cancer survivors. The entertainment host went on to say, “I finally get to live out my lifelong fantasy of being on The Price Is Right.”
The Secret Behind the Show’s Longevity
The longevity of The Price Is Right can be a case study on making television game shows entertaining and relevant. As per the show’s former host, Bob Barker, the longevity of The Price Is Right is due to the steps taken to heighten audience engagement.
The show has set a standard for the game show genre. The classic show has also become a source of comfort for many viewers thanks to enduring catchphrases like “come on down” and its colorful film set.
Since The Price Is Right has been on the air for a long time, the show has had its fair share of awkward moments. Some of the show’s odd moments include an episode in which a model, Manuela Arbelaez, accidentally gave away the correct answer during a guessing game. Her blunder helped the contestant win a $21,690 car!
Another awkward moment featured a woman almost having an on-screen wardrobe malfunction when she got so excited that she began jumping out of her tube top. Awkward, indeed!
The Theme Song
The theme song for The Price Is Right was created by Edd Kalehoff. Though the song is officially credited to Sheila Cole, it was composed by Kalehoff. In addition to the theme song for The Price Is Right, Kolehoff has composed musical scores for other shows like Double Dare, ABC World News Tonight, and Monday Night Football.
Though Kalehoff’s name is missing in the opening credits, it does appear in the closing credits of the show. Do you remember the theme song?
The Participants Are Truly Dedicated
There is something about the spirit of most of the participants who appear in this show. They are all fiercely dedicated, laser-focused, and committed to winning. The show’s original host Bob Barker has been witness to such instances.
He revealed that a pregnant contestant once refused to go to the hospital in order to not miss out on being called. He eventually had to tell the woman, “Madam, we are not going to call any more names until you are on your way to the hospital.”
Stan Is Hard to Impress
Stan Blits, the show’s co-producer, hand-picks each audience member. As per the numerous contestants who have appeared on the show, Stan is hard to impress as he has almost seen it all.
When he spots a potential audience member or contestant, he says a secret word to his assistant who then adds that person to the coveted list. Though show hopefuls have tried buying or bribing their way in, Stan revealed that he mostly looks at a person’s energy.
The entire crew and behind-the-scenes team at The Price Is Right is super-organized. The production team of this show runs like a well-oiled machine, and this perhaps is one of the secrets behind the show’s huge success on the rating front.
The production team of this show is composed of eleven members of staff who somehow magically manage to deliver six hours of good content in just four days. Remarkable, we say!
The Filming Experience
As The Price Is Right is the first major public platform for most of the contestants to appear on television, they are more or less excited about their television debut. The filming, therefore, is a valuable experience for them.
As per a former contestant, the participants are expected to wait for roughly four hours before entering the studio, and then another 90 minutes for taping. But as we mentioned earlier, good things come to those who are ready to wait.
Terry Kneiss was a contestant on the show who managed to bid exactly on his showcase. But, it wasn’t some fluke for him. A television weatherman by profession, Kneiss along with his wife Linda, analyzed and dissected the show for months.
The duo looked for patterns and models before Kneiss actually went and participated in the show. Moral of the story: The attention to detail will set you apart from the others.
A Mentionable Moment
Two is company and three is a crowd? Not on the show, The Price Is Right where three is a winner. In 2017, three contestants spun $1 on the wheel. Because it was host Drew Carey’s tenth season, the winners were each awarded $10,000!
Not only was it very surprising to see three people land on $1, but two of the contestants landed on the coveted space twice! Perhaps these contestants might have studied the famous guide “To Spin or Not to Spin?” by the Royal Economic Society to get their spins right.
Throughout the show’s history, The Price Is Right has featured about 73 pricing games. A fact we think needs to be mentioned here is that The Price Is Right debuted in the year 1972, which means the show has lasted fifty seasons.
A lot of these games have lost their cultural value and significance and have been replaced by newer and more modern games. That said, many still feature the classic crank and pulley mechanism which we think add’s to the show’s charm.
Bidding by Postcard
The 1956 NBC edition of The Price Is Right allowed its contestants to bid by postcard in a segment known as the “home viewer showcase.” The show apparently received truckloads of mail. A dedicated staff was hired to sift through the letters received.
Not only were bids submitted through the mail, but ties between contestants were announced with a telegram message! It’s interesting to see how the show, and technology, have evolved!
Change of Network
The Price Is Right is perhaps one of the few shows to have appeared on three behemoth networks namely NBC, CBS, and ABC. The game show originally premiered on NBC in 1956.
After almost a decade, it shifted to the ABC network before making its way into the programming schedule of CBS. As of now, it is aired on CBS, where it has made a permanent spot for itself over the past 50 years.
The Contestant Who Won a Horse
Yes, you heard that right! A contestant on The Price Is Right once won a horse as a prize. In 1958, a contestant named Carl Slater actually won a Palomino horse. But, the story is just about to get bizarre.
Besides winning the horse, Carl won a suit of armor and a trip to a castle in Scotland to see how the armor was actually used. Guess, the prize department of the show in 1958 liked to experiment with the contestant’s prizes.
Mistakes Can Be Expensive
Since The Price Is Right features expensive prizes, a small mistake on the announcer’s part can prove to be an expensive affair. Therefore, the announcer and the prize team have to be completely certain about the prize’s details and price.
For instance, announcer Rich Fields had to announce the Dell computer desktop as a prize, but it turned out that the computer was actually an HP brand computer. This mistake created an additional cost to the production of that particular episode.
The Most Famous Dogs of Hollywood
Terry as Toto – The Wizard of Oz
Toto is unarguably one of the most famous dogs in film industry history. The coveted doggie actress behind the role, Terry, had an early life far from glamorous. After being deserted as a puppy, she found hope when she was readopted and trained well on the ways of the silver screen. In The Wizard of Oz, the Cairn Terrier starred alongside Judy Garland and played Dorothy’s (Judy Garland) beloved canine companion as she explored the whimsical world of Oz to locate a way back home.
Tiger as Einstein – Back to the Future
Undoubtedly, Doc and Marty McFly are the primary characteristics of the futuristic movie. However, fans agree that, without the support of Einstein, the protagonists wouldn’t be able to change the future. Einstein, lovingly called Einie, is an intelligent and supportive companion to the Doc who tried his best to help with everything. In the series, he’s even seen helping the Doc with his inventions. Apparently, he could even drive the steam train time machine by himself! That’s probably due to one of Doc’s inventions.
Burton as Boy – John Wick
We all know how protective John Wick is of his pet (and we love him for it!), but his unique relationship with his unnamed canine has managed to capture the hearts of many. After his first puppy was killed, he adopted this pit bull towards the end of the first film, and the dog grew to become an indispensable part of the franchise. Without saying a single word, the dog follows his master in obedience. John knows he can count on “Boy” to help him tackle all the bad guys.
Buddy as Comet – Full House
Comet was introduced as the family’s Golden Retriever in Season Three of the iconic ‘90s show Full House. His mother, Minnie, gives birth to a litter of adorable mini retrievers in Tanner’s backyard, and Comet is given to them as a present to express their gratitude. The family decided to give him the out worldly name, and since then, he’s managed to leave big paw prints in the show’s overall golden history, moving into the show’s spin-off Fuller House.
Abbey and Kona as Samantha – I Am Legend
A genetic mishap leaves a virus out into the world that’s set out to destroy human civilization. In these dire situations, Robert Neville alongside his trustworthy four-legged friend, German Shepherd Samantha, step up to try to find a cure and bring humanity back to life. Through the long, rigorous hours of tests and trials, Sam stays solid by her owner’s side, keeping him company and resiliently protecting him from the Darkseekers. Until the very end, Samantha and Robert are each other’s only hopes.
Koko as Red Dog
The plot of Red Dog is based on a true story about a cattle dog, who was fiercely loyal to his master, a bus driver, to the point where he waited for him and looked for him everywhere for weeks after the master tragically passed away in a road accident. The dog’s love for his master captured the hearts of the locals as well as millions of people all over the world after his story was immortalized in the form of a book of the same name.
Moose as Eddie Crane – Frasier
Dogs are always meaningful additions to the family, and in the Crane family’s case, they found a lovable member in the form of Eddie Crane. The Parson Russell Terrier develops a sweet bond with his master, Frasier, and will stare at him until he gets what he wants. The dog that played Eddie, Moose, earned $10,000 each episode for his presence and managed to make $3.2 million by his retirement after 11 years. Apparently, he received the most fan mails out of all the cast and crew.
Forrest as Hachiko – Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
If you’ve watched, you’ll know how it feels to connect with two characters to an extent that they make you cry for days. The story revolves around a professor adopting an Akita dog and naming him Hachi. By nature, Akitas are tougher to train, but once they bond with someone, they show a whole new level of dedication. Misfortune strikes and leaves Hachi’s entire world upside down, but he still hopes for a new morning that’ll bring back happier days to him.
Stewart as Cheddar – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Within its comparatively short runtime, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has made a spot for itself in the heart of its viewers. One of the primary reasons would be how well developed the side characters are. Cheddar, an adorable Pembroke Welsh corgi, belongs to Captain Raymond Holt and his husband, and they both care deeply for their pet. Cheddar is viewed to be extremely smart and the Captain’s “fluffy boy.” Unfortunately, Stewart, who played Cheddar, passed away in 2019 at 13 years of age.
Kelley as Max – How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Don’t be daunted by his appearance: Max the dog is the epitome of loyalty. As the Grinch continues with his naughty shenanigans, Max makes it his life goals to constantly look out for and take care of his master. The sweet canine provides much comical scope to the story. Although the Grinch may be as grumpy as they come, when it comes to his best friend, even he can’t resist being a loving soul.
Marti as Sandy – Annie
Annie is based on an acclaimed Broadway musical of the same name and tells the story of a young, orphan girl living in New York City, praying that she gets reunited with her parents soon. In the early part of the film, she adopts a stray dog and subsequently names him Sandy. Annie soon realizes that there are way too many frauds in the world for a small soul like her. Throughout all the ups and downs, Sandy is her constant support, and they form an unbreakable bond.
Beasley as Hooch – Turner, and Hooch
It’s hard to think that the amiable Tom Hanks couldn’t build a friendship with someone. When he meets a messy, oversized French Mastiff that goes by the name “Hooch,” he’s anything but friendly. Begrudgingly, Tom Hanks’s character, cop Scott Turner, takes Hooch in. What he doesn’t expect is how they’d hit it off. The two join forces in cracking the case of Hooch’s murdered owner, and in the process, the two form a bond like no other.
Max as Milo – The Mask
Stanley Ipkiss’ brown and white Jack Russell Terrier, Milo is cautious of the weird mask his owner brings home from the moment he caught a glimpse of it, but he remains by his side and even assists in a sneaky prison break. Faulted by his undying love for a game of fetch, Milo finds himself in a heap of trouble mixed with a shot of crazy fun when the mask eventually leads him to transform into a wild cartoon character.
Uggie as The Dog – The Artist
The 2011 French movie The Artist gave birth to an animal star that stole everyone’s heart. A classic, vintage, black-and-white film that depicts the tale of a budding romance between a rising star and an experienced actor in Hollywood taking place in the last 1920s. The movie went on to win an Oscar, and yet nobody could stop talking about the show-stopping four-legged companion. The Dog was played by Uggie, a Parsons Terrier that sadly passed away in 2015 after living 13 fulfilled years.
Hercules as The Beast – The Sandlot
Aptly named in both cases, the massive dog named “The Beast” guards the junkyard with a dedication that’s enough to grip the neighborhood kids with paralyzing fear. They play there on a regular basis, but on a particular occasion when they were searching for a lost Babe Ruth ball, they come face to face with the canine. Subsequently, they realize that, despite his scary appearance, he’s a gentle creature that’s surprisingly friendly. His name is known to be Hercules, and he turns into somewhat of a mascot for the team.
Jill as Verdell – As Good as It Gets
The 1997 romcom As Good as It Gets, starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, garnered much critical acclaim and appreciation from movie lovers. Termed as one of the greatest movies of all time, actors Hunt and Nicholson both even earned Academy Awards for the film. However, there is one other character in the movie that played a huge role in its success: Verdell, the Brussels griffon played by Jill. In the film, Verdell won Nicholson’s heart despite his obsessive-compulsive disorder holding him back.
Clyde as Marley – Marley & Me
Marley is a mischievous and free-spirited Labrador retriever that a married couple adopts to make a sweet addition to their home. Sure, he’s a handful, but who could resist the darling little bundle of joy? Based on a best-selling book, the movie focuses on the couple’s journey as they fail miserably at training the pooch, but they can’t bring themselves to give up on it. It reminds us of how rewarding it is to actually love man’s best friend without any conditions.
Pal as Lassie – Lassie Come Home
Throughout the ‘40s and ‘50s, the stories of this long-coated Border Collie ruled the screen, and Lassie became the poster pup for loyal pets. Lassie’s intelligent behavior and overall beautiful appearance shone in the franchise created out of an original short story. The canine character appeared in nine movies followed by a TV series. She was everywhere at one point – on shirts, mugs, and toys. Fun fact: even though Lassie is a female, all the roles went to male Border Collies, with the first one being played by Pal.
Ben as Shadow – Homeward Bound
The pets’ personalities may be the sole redeeming factor of the 1993 adventure movie. Sloppy voice acting is enough to ruin movies that feature bits of it, and here, they ran the risk of damaging the entire plot based heavily on it. While Chance and Sassy provide much-needed comic relief, Shadow truly shines and is the epitome of a “good boy.” He’s strong and smart and keeps the others on trackback to their owners, even after they face tons of obstacles.
Moose and Enzo as Skip – My Dog Skip
A beautifully portrayed endearingly nostalgic movie focusing on a plot of “a boy and his dog,” My Dog Skip will never fail to make people shed a tear. A shy boy named Willie is gifted an energetic and exuberant Jack Russel who is then named Skip. They quickly form an inseparable bond; Skip helps Willie go through the trying days of his childhood. The pooch protects him from bullies and plays matchmaker. When everything seems fine, college tears the two apart, leaving Skip to desperately wait for his friend’s return.
Kari as Shiloh – Saving Shiloh
Although it’s based on a children’s novel, Saving Shiloh is one of those movies everyone grows to appreciate, regardless of one’s age. Sweet little boy, Marty finds another sweet soul, a Beagle named Shiloh. He gets to know that the pooch belongs to a hunter who’s known for being mean to his pets. Marty isn’t able to keep Shiloh, but he can’t just let him be mistreated like that. Despite all odds, he makes it his mission to rescue Shiloh from the evil clutches of his abusive master.
Moonie as Bruiser – Legally Blonde
If there was a dog made for the glitz and glamour, it’s definitely Bruiser. Elle Wood showers him with everything a dog could ever want and even more, but he remains a blissfully low-maintenance canine. The Chihuahua exudes an elegant vibe, as he remains unbothered in glittery pink ensembles and over-the-top accessories. As Elle cries over her breakup, Bruiser is there for her. He acts as a support system as she navigates through law school. Plus, Elle says they’re both Gemini vegetarians. Who could deny a pair like that?
Rose and Monte as the Lady and the Tramp
Lady and Tramp made everyone’s heart melt when they appeared as a canine couple casually munching on spaghetti with meatballs until their snoots met. If that’s not the dream date, we don’t know what is! The recent remake of the classic 1955 tale saw real dogs Rose and Monte take on motion-capture performances of the adorable titular characters As their love story unfolds, the two dogs are seen showing much maturity. Their legendary saga of the “forbidden world” changed the perspective that only real-action films could portray love well.
Dakotah as Yellow Dog
The movie Far from Home The Adventures of Yellow Dog follows the story of teenager Angus and a stray dog that he calls “Yellow.” The boy and the dog find themselves stranded in a strange place, far from their home in British Columbia, Vancouver after they are caught in a terrible storm. With the skills taught to him by his father and with the help of his loyal buddy Yellow, Angus battles the struggles of surviving in the wilderness.
Angel as Chloe – Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Beverly Hills Chihuahua is a Disney movie where the lead, a chihuahua named Chloe, is kidnapped while on a trip to Mexico. Centered around a world of rich dogs that can talk just like humans, this movie follows Chloe’s love interest Papi, another chihuahua, as he scours the city of Puerto Rico to rescue Chloe from the evil El Diablo. The movie was so massively popular that two more installments were released in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
Chris as Beethoven
Adopted as a puppy by the family of George Newton, the St. Bernard quickly earns the affection of all the family members’ and is named after the renowned composer, Beethoven. He grows into a massive size with each passing day but remains a big ball of fluff. George finds him repulsive at first but soon falls to the loving charm. Everything’s fine until a vicious doctor makes a horrible plan to nab Beethoven for a lethal experiment. The family will leave no stone unturned to save their beloved friend.
Higgins as Benji
The 1974 movie Benji was filmed in Texas and brought out the talents of a golden mixed breed who had the titular name. The poor furball is simply on the lookout for a new home and longs to be included as a part of the Chapman family. When the two young children of the family are kidnapped, it’s Benji’s time to jump to the rescue. Benji assists the humans in solving the case, bringing the children back safely, and gains an affectionate home in the process.
Brigitte as Stella – Modern Family
Stella is a mischievous member of the Modern family, who, from her very first appearance on the show, quickly became a fan-favorite character. Much to Gloria’s dismay, Stella is perhaps dearer to Jay than any other family member (or human). The bulldog who initially played the role of Stella, Brigitte, even won a “Best Dog in a Television Series” award at the 2012 Golden collar Awards. Sadly, Brigitte passed away in 2012, and so, her role was later portrayed by another bulldog, Beatrice.
Mushu as Frank the Pug – Men In Black
Besides Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, Frank, otherwise known as Agent F, is arguably the character that made the movie franchise Men In Black the popular pop culture phenomenon that it is now. Played by canine actor “Mushu,” Frank left such a huge impression on the audience with his role in the first film that they had to bring him back for the sequel. He, unfortunately, passed away before the filming of the third film, but the film does feature a small tribute to the pugger.
The Eight Dogs – Eight Below
Probably one of the most heart-wrenching animal films of all time, Eight Below shows departed actor Paul Walker alongside eight adorable pups. Filmed in 2008, this movie was inspired by a real event – a Japanese expedition to Antarctica that didn’t pan out well. The team is made up of six Siberian Huskies and two Alaskan Malamutes. The story revolves around the pack stranded on a freezing, deserted atlas after their owner has to abandon them due to a raging storm.
Berger Picard as Winn-Dixie
If you want to see a film that brings people from all walks of life together, then you can’t go wrong with Because of Winn-Dixie. A stray Berger Picard is adopted by a young, orphaned, lonely Opal who names her “Winn-Dixie.” She gets the energetic puppy hoping to find a companion in it but ends up discovering all the colorful townspeople and growing friendships with them. As the name suggests, the dog brings her closer to people, and she even starts mending bridges with her father.
Spikes as Old Yeller
A confirmed tearjerker, this 1957 classic dog movie tells the tale of a stray dog that crosses paths with a young boy. The boy sees potential in the homeless dog and makes him a part of his family. The yellow Labrador mix is named “Spikes,” and he slowly starts rising up everyone’s favorite charts. The Coates family means the world to him, and he will do everything to protect them, even if it concerns putting his own life in danger.
Flame Jr. as Rin Tin Tin
Orphan boy Rusty roams the streets with his trusty German Shepherd Rin Tin Tin with a view to helping soldiers establishing Western America. Over 160 episodes, Rin Tin Tin Aka Flame Jr. singlehandedly gave rise to the popularity of German Shepherds among American households. Starring in the smash-hit ABC show gained Flame Jr. a nomination for the American Humane Association’s PATSY Award in the category of animal performers. After he passed away, the role went on to his son Rin Tin Tin Jr., and the canine outshone everyone.
Carlos as Max
The moving story of Max follows a military Malinois named Max that is traumatized after the death of his handler in a mission in Afghanistan. Max acts out at times because he misses his owner, but the authorities conclude that he needs to be put down. The late handler Kyle’s family asks to take Max in because of his strong bond with their elder son. Throughout the movie, the aloof pooch grows fond of the family, who discover the shocking story behind Kyle’s death.
Buddy – Air Bud
There’s something rather endearing about a canine actor having the same name as it’s silver screen alias. At first listen, the movie sounds questionable. Dogs playing basketball? Like, legit basketball? However, the story is surprisingly heartwarming and doesn’t deliver a dull moment. A young boy named Kevin discovers an abandoned Golden Retriever that seems to be extraordinarily gifted in shooting through hoops. Perhaps, the best part is, Buddy is a basketball-playing fur ball in real-life, and he can score!
Petey – The Little Rascals
In the 1930s, the character Petey the Pup grew to become a household name in the canine department. Petey is also known as the “dog with a ring around his eyes,” and this Staffordshire Terrier stood out from the crowd thanks to his oddity. Fun Fact: the “original” Pete was an American pit bull terrier that went by the name “Pal, the Wonder Dog,” and he had an almost perfect circle round his eye. Makeup artists used non-toxic dye to fill up the rest.
Zero – The Nightmare Before Christmas
Zero isn’t your regular dog. Instead of a furry coat, he has a body similar to a sheet of cotton. Instead of a firm snoot, he boasts a cute button orange nose. Despite all his odd conditions, he adores his owner Jack Skellington as any other canine would. He lives for a good game of fetch, enjoys taking naps, and patiently waits for his owner to return. He’d even use his glowing nose to direct him through the thick fog as he delivered presents.
The Eight Dogs from Snow Dogs
This hilarious story of a Miami-based dentist named Dr. Ted Brooks finds him trying to track his biological mother. What we didn’t expect was a crew of intelligent and witty Siberian Huskies and one Border Collie turning his world upside down. At first, he struggles to get used to the exceptionally cold town and even colder furry companions of his mother, but as he tries to open his mind, he realizes why his mother adored her eight precious animals. He develops a unique bond with his “evil half-brother,” Demon.
Bob Peterson as Dug – Up
Dug is the visual representation of every pet dog ever if they had a high-tech collar around their neck that translated all their thoughts. Disney Pixar’s Up won the hearts of many with the funny and heartwarming relationship between Carl and Russell as they embark on a journey to Paradise Hills, but the adorable Dug became everyone’s dream pooch. He’s not the brightest, but he’s exceptionally sweet and loyal. His line, “I just met you, and I love you.” makes him the best animated furry boy.
Fly – Babe
If there’s an award for best adoptive mom in the world, Fly would be a topmost contender. The sensible Border Collie takes in the piglet named Babe and raises him as her own, training him on herding sheep so that he can prove his worth to the farmer, Arthur Hoggett. Although her partner Rex disapproves, Fly is always by Babe’s side and constantly encourages him to keep going no matter what hardships he faces.