Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors

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When cameras roll and directors call, ?Action,? some of the most dependable, funniest, and most enthusiastic actors stand poised on four legs, with ears alert. From Joey in War Horse to the wolves in Game of Thrones, what we see on screen is the result of meticulous preparation and professional teamwork. These eye-popping, heartwarming stories reveal the trainers, actors, directors, and animals in behind-the-scenes glory. You?ll discover that some animal actors have diva tendencies and others have rags-to-riches...
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Overview


When cameras roll and directors call, “Action,” some of the most dependable, funniest, and most enthusiastic actors stand poised on four legs, with ears alert. From Joey in War Horse to the wolves in Game of Thrones, what we see on screen is the result of meticulous preparation and professional teamwork. These eye-popping, heartwarming stories reveal the trainers, actors, directors, and animals in behind-the-scenes glory. You’ll discover that some animal actors have diva tendencies and others have rags-to-riches backstories. American Humane Association certified animal safety representatives work carefully to ensure that no animals are harmed, as they have been doing for decades.

Animal stars have done it all — convinced us to eat more tacos, broken our hearts in war dramas, inspired us with enduring love and loyalty, mirrored human antics to make us roar with laughter, and stolen the show on the red carpet. And animal stars will work for food, including only KFC original recipe for Casey the bear — no other fried chicken will do!

Training tips from the pros and recollections from Julia Roberts, Hailee Steinfeld, and Steven Spielberg make this insider’s look at the work of these incomparable stars as irresistible as the animals themselves.

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For thousands of years, animals have been used in entertainments, most often as wild beasts to be pitted against one another or whipped into submission by tamers. Fortunately, the advent of film has widened these roles in ways that reflect our love and fascination of our fellow creatures. This sweet collection of essays discloses behind-the-camera stories of the interplay and affection between animal actors, human counterparts, directors, and trainers. The "stars" of the books include dogs, cats, penguins, horses, birds and cats; but also Julia Roberts, Ewan MacGregor, and Stephen Spielberg. A joy for animal lovers and film buffs alike.

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“Every movie fan who loves to see animals in their favorite movies will want to read Animal Stars. The book contains animal-training tips along with the behind-the-scenes stories.”
— Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human

Animal Stars is an inspiring tapestry, with emotions interwoven into every picture and word....Let yourself soak in the love that flows from every page!”
— Siegfried & Roy

“Animal Stars gets 5 ★s with a rating of G for ‘great.’”
— James F. Peddie, DVM, veterinarian to many animal stars

“I have fallen in love with many of the actors I’ve worked with — all of them animals. It’s impossible not to become completely infatuated by actors who do what you ask, amaze you with their skill, and lick your face.”
— Jon Turteltaub, award-winning director of National Treasure and The Kid

“Robin Ganzert and the Andersons give us the dish on all the Hollywood animals — who’s catty, who’s a dog, and who’s a real stallion! No, seriously, it’s about the real animal stars we all love!”
— Carson Kressley

“From Crystal the monkey in Night at the Museum to Hightower the horse in Runaway Bride, Animal Stars has it all. Giggy and I give it TWO PAWS UP!”
— Lisa Vanderpump

“I’m so thrilled that Dr. Robin Ganzert and American Humane Association not only monitor animal safety in films and television productions but also have a unique connection to these amazing animals and their trainers. As an animal lover, I’m glad that she is bringing these stars and their stories to a wider audience while at the same time teaching the value of protecting all animals.”
— Naomi Judd

“If you are an animal lover and a fan of movies and television, this is a must-read. I found myself enthralled with the stories from filmmakers and trainers about how they achieved cinematic magic with these amazing animals!”
— Candy Spelling

Animal Stars celebrates perfectly the role of animal actors, those often unsung heroes on television and film that charm us with their talent and make us smile. As a trainer it’s encouraging to see the care that all the animal actor trainers featured in this book take of their ‘stars,’ and the support and guidance provided on set by the American Humane Association ensures that all animals in scripted entertainment are protected. Authors Robin Ganzert and Allen and Linda Anderson provide the reader with a fascinating ‘behind-the-scenes’ look into the lives of these amazing animals, from Crystal the monkey who stole the show in Night at the Museum, to Chico the Akita who performed alongside Richard Gere in Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. Animal Stars is a great read and if you love animals as much as I do, you’ll love this book!”
— Victoria Stilwell, author of Train Your Dog Positively

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608682638
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 9/16/2014
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 115,920
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Robin Ganzert, PhD, is president and CEO of American Humane Association, the first national humane organization, founded in 1877. Robin is a passionate advocate for the power of the child-animal bond. The mother of three children, she lives with her family, including three dogs and two cats, in North Carolina.

Allen & Linda Anderson are coauthors of a series of popular books, published in many languages, about the benefits of human-animal companionship, and cofounders of the Angel Animals Network. They have won recognition from the American Society of Journalists and Authors Outstanding Book Award program. They share their home in Minneapolis with a dog named Leaf, Cuddles the cat, and a cockatiel named Sunshine.

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Table of Contents


Foreword by Marty Becker, DVM
Introduction: Action!

Part 1: Horse Stars and Their Trainers

Chapter 1: Bobby Lovgren and Steven Spielberg
Finder as Joey in War Horse: A Director’s Dream Actor
Bobby Lovgren and Finder

Chapter 2: Cari Swanson with Rex Peterson, and Julia Roberts
Hightower in The Horse Whisperer and Runaway Bride: The Horse with an Actors’ Equity Card
Runaway Bride: An Unforgettable Experience with Hightower

Chapter 3: Rusty Hendrickson and Hailee Steinfeld
Cimarron as Blackie, the Horse in True Grit: A Rugged Individual
A One-of-a-Kind Experience with Cimarron in True Grit

Part 2: Bears, Birds, Snakes, Monkeys, and Other Animal Stars and Their Trainers

Chapter 4: Nicholas Toth
Casey as Baloo the Bear in the Jungle Book Movies: Where ’s the Closest KFC?
Hollyberry as a Deer on NCIS and The Mentalist: The Indestructible Deer

Chapter 5: Thomas Gunderson
Crystal as the Capuchin in Night at the Museum and We Bought a Zoo: I Am a Monkey’s Uncle

Chapter 6: Mark Harden
Chico as Hachi in Hachi: A Dog’s Tale: Forever Faithful
Guido as Paulie in Paulie: The Sky’s the Limit
Oscar as Butch in Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore:
The Right Dog for the Job

Chapter 7: Jules Sylvester
Kitty as the Burmese Python in Snakes on a Plane: How You Don’t “Train” Snakes and Insects

Chapter 8: Larry Madrid
Pinky and Richard Dent as the Penguins in Mr. Popper’s Penguins: Keeping It Cool

Chapter 9: Claire Doré
Bonny as the Shih Tzu in Seven Psychopaths: PAWSCAR Award Winner
Carrie Carrot and Harry as Tom Waits’s Rabbit in Seven Psychopaths: A Constant Companion

Chapter 10: Steve Martin
Thunder, Harley, Shadow, and Cody as the Wolves of True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, and Game of Thrones: Walking on the Wild Side

Part 3: Dog Stars and Their Trainers

Chapter 11: Omar von Muller and Sarah Clifford
Uggie as the Jack Russell Terrier in The Artist, and Jumpy: A Family of Dog Stars
Training Uggie for The Artist: A Team Approach

Chapter 12: Mathilde de Cagny and Ewan McGregor
Cosmo as Arthur in Beginners: The Dog Who Connected a Father and Son
Cosmo’s Acting Abilities
Blackie, Enzo, and Borsalino as Maximilian in Hugo: Worthy of a Golden Collar

Chapter 13: Sue Chipperton
Gidget as the Taco Bell Dog: A Personality-Plus Chihuahua

Chapter 14: Christina Potter
Gable as Willie Nelson in Our Idiot Brother: From Agility Champion to Animal Actor

Chapter 15: Steve Berens
Abbey as Sam in I Am Legend: Will Smith’s Canine Costar

Chapter 16: Karen Rosa
Higgins as Benji, and Frank Inn, the Father of Humane Training: Inspiring a Million Shelter-Pet Adoptions

Part 4: Cat Stars and Their Trainers

Chapter 17: Julie Tottman
Crackerjack as Crookshanks, Hermione ’s Cat in the Harry Potter Films: Right Cat for the Job

Chapter 18: Jim and Gina Brockett and Angie Everhart
Cuff as the Lynx with Angie Everhart and in Evan Almighty: Diamonds Are a Big Cat’s Best Friend
Cuff and Cartier

Chapter 19: Dawn Barkan
Peanut and Charlie as Mr. Jinx in Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers: Cool Cats

Afterword: How You Can Help Tomorrow’s Animal Stars
Appendix: Discussion Questions for Book Clubs
Acknowledgments
Endnotes
Contributing Authors
Photo Credits
About Robin Ganzert, PhD
About Allen and Linda Anderson
About American Humane Association

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2014

    You have brought some of my favorite movies and animal starts to

    You have brought some of my favorite movies and animal starts to life! I truly had no idea of the great work that the American Humane Association is doing to ensure that the beloved animals used in films are well taken care of. Thank you for bringing this world to life!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

    Great stories, great animals! Enjoyable read. 

    Great stories, great animals! Enjoyable read. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

    This is a book for anyone who ever fell in love with animals at

    This is a book for anyone who ever fell in love with animals at the movies. I can think of so many film animals that changed my life and attitudes toward animals....a really fun read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

    After reading Animal Stars it becomes clear these furry actors a

    After reading Animal Stars it becomes clear these furry actors are receiving the same care, love and attention by their trainers as we lavish on our Labrador Retriever and our live-in cat who is the house boss. Thank You for sharing these stories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

    Outstanding!

    Outstanding!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

    Excellent

    Excellent

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

    great

    great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

    A first class organization that I am so proud to support. AHA do

    A first class organization that I am so proud to support. AHA does the world good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2014

    It was a real education for me!  I will never watch a movie that

    It was a real education for me!  I will never watch a movie that 
    has an animal in it, in the same way.  I will be wondering about all of the 
    loving training that took place to prepare the animal actor, and to keep him/her 
    safe. It is quite amazing that many of these animals were rescue animals.  Many 
    of the stories express the gift that these animals were able to give, as a 
    result of them being rescued.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2014

    A great book that really points out the importance of looking af

    A great book that really points out the importance of looking after our animal actors. So many of these animal actors are what make the movies wonderful and touching. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2014

    I have long been a fan of animal movies and still cry at the poi

    I have long been a fan of animal movies and still cry at the poignant, moving, and sad parts in the films. I always check for the “No Animals Were Harmed” end credit to make sure the animals were all taken care of during the filming. When I was young, I actually wrote a very concerned letter to Walt Disney about the film Old Yeller and they assured me, much to my relief, that the dog who played Old Yeller was never in any real danger during the making of the movie. So as someone who has always been aware and interested in the important work of American Humane Association in animal protection on movie sets, I found this book to be a fantastic treat as it gives so many heartwarming insights into the personalities and unique relationships of some of my favorite animal actors with their trainers and handlers. You really get a better understanding of what goes on behind the scenes to achieve some of the best movies ever. There are also some valuable tips on animal training that can be applied to your own pets. I think you will love this book if you love animal films and animals as much as I do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

    This is a wonderful read about the amazing things animals can do

    This is a wonderful read about the amazing things animals can do with the help of kind and experienced American Humane Association trainers. One is sorry when the book ends and hope there is a sequel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

    A delightful, well-written look into the stories of Hollywood's

    A delightful, well-written look into the stories of Hollywood's most popular animal actors. The work that the American Humane Association does is truly incredible! Glad that their stories are told!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

    A wonderful informative look at animal actors.

    A wonderful informative look at animal actors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2014

    Please look up The Hollywood Reporter article "Animals Were

    Please look up The Hollywood Reporter article "Animals Were Harmed" before buying this book and putting money into the pockets of an organization that covers up the abuse of animals they are meant to protect.

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