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Animal round-up: Upcoming animal movies

Author: The Simple Bit

Category: Short Cuts

The internet loves animal videos. And the big screen seems to be catching on. If you’re planning a date night at the movies, here’s a wrap of upcoming animal flicks.

The simple bits:

  • There are over 2 million cat videos on YouTube
  • People like animals
  • There are a few animal movies coming up
  • With ahm Date Night, you can get 2 for 1 HOYTS tickets to any animal movie you like

You might have noticed that we’re kind of into animals. But when we can’t get a kitten into a forest or a goat on a beach irl, we’re happy enough to have animals on our screens. And let’s face it, we’re not the only ones that dig furry friends. The internet is full of them. In 2015, there were over 2 million cat videos on YouTube. And that’s just cats. And YouTube. 5 years ago. By now, there’s so many animal videos online that it seems like people have stopped counting.


And it’s not just the internet on little screens. Animals seem to be dominating movies on the big screen in 2020. There’s even a film festival for cat videos. And it makes sense. Everyone loves animals, and as we learnt from The clear mind experiment, cute animals can help us achieve calm focus. So they’re perfect for an ahm Date Night. Because if there’s one thing a date needs, it’s calm focus.


So, to the animal movies. Well, first up this year, there was the big screen version of Cats, that people had a lot of opinions about when it opened on Boxing Day. Ok, maybe people weren’t ready for a sexed-up cat version of Rebel Wilson or three minutes of Taylor Swift as a digital feline. There are more animal movies, promise.


Next up, there’s Call of The Wild, an adaptation of the Jack London novel, featuring Harrison Ford and an adorable digital pupper. In fact, it’s been described as “very good boy, the movie” and the dog may well be the cutest digital pet since you killed your last tamagotchi. Sure, the book was already adapted for the big screen with the late great Rutger Hauer in 1997, but Harrison Ford recently played a dog in The Secret Life Of Pets 2, so he’ll be right across the material. 

If the first two felt a little lowbrow, there’s even Oscar-fodder art movies featuring animals coming out later this year. And it’s not a cat or a dog. The hero is a cow, and if we’re honest we’re really only writing about it because it has a funny title. First Cow. Hehe. And we’re not the only ones to think so. The first trailer for First Cow dropped in January and the internet went a little nutty for it.


Ok, too highbrow? Let’s take it down a notch with Peter Rabbit 2. The sequel to the animated/live action adaptation of the classic Beatrix Potter books, these films pack some star power. Real-life Rose Byrne and animated James Corden (as Peter) return, but we also get the voices of Daisy Ridley (aka Rey from Star Wars) and Margot Robbie whose performance as Flopsy Cottontail is predicted to be quite similar to her performance as Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey.  I actually think it’s funnier without these, they’re also a little 2018. Maybe. Guess you’ll have to go see it and find out.


And speaking of Birds of Prey, we checked and it is NOT AN ANIMAL MOVIE. We repeat IT IS NOT AN ANIMAL MOVIE. You’ve been warned.


But for those who want a fluffy or furry night out – there are your options. And in the meantime, here’s a baby goat in a forest. You’re welcome.


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