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17 Things You Never Knew About The Animals In Your Favorite Movies

You know, the REAL stars of the show.

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1. Marley was played by 22 different dogs in Marley & Me.

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2. And 48 pigs were used to film Babe, because baby pigs grow up so quickly.

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3. Viggo Mortensen adopted the horses he rode during Lord of the Rings and Hidalgo.

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He also purchased the horse of Arwen's stunt double and gave it to her, as she fell in love with it but could not afford it herself.

4. Actress Sophie Turner adopted the dog who played her direwolf, Lady.

5. Terry, the dog who played Toto in Wizard of Oz, was paid $125 a week, which was more than some of the human actors.


6. Rocky's dog Butkus was Sylvester Stallone's dog IRL.

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7. One of the animators stuck a ball of duct tape on his cat's tail to use as reference when animating Toothless in How To Train Your Dragon.

8. The 17-foot-long, 250 pound Burmese python who starred in Snakes On A Plane was called Kitty.

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9. Pumbaa is the first Disney character to fart.

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10. Female chimpanzees in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes weren't going to have eyebrows but they were added after the first results were "deemed too unsettling".

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11. The velociraptors in the Jurassic Park franchise aren't actually velociraptors. They're modelled after the dinosaur Deinonychus, which has a much less catchy name.

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12. The dog who played Airbud also played Comet on Full House.

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13. When the Beast is licking Scotty Smalls' face in The Sandlot, it's because his cheek was smathered in baby food.

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14. Dr. Evil's Mini-Me had a mini Mr. Bigglesworth, who was played by three Sphinx kittens appropriately named Mel Gibskin, Paul Nudeman and Skindiana Jones.

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15. The cat held by Marlon Brando in The Godfather was a stray found by director Francis Ford Coppola, and wasn't originally in the script.

The cat was found wandering the Paramount Studios parking lot before being scooped up and cast in the film.
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The cat was found wandering the Paramount Studios parking lot before being scooped up and cast in the film.

16. Lost creator Damon Lindelof said that a flashback had been planned for the yellow lab Vincent, but the press spoiled the joke and it was thus cut.


17. Salem is the only character other than Sabrina to be in every single episode of Sabrina The Teenage Witch.


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