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Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors Hardcover – September 16, 2014
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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!”
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!”
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.”
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!”
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
About the Author
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 and are New York Times bestselling authors. They share their home in Minneapolis with a dog named Leaf, Cuddles the cat, and a cockatiel named Sunshine.
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Top Customer Reviews
The animal stars range from dogs and cats to horses, bears, birds, snakes, monkeys, wolves, sea lions and so on. Every chapter provides an interesting perspective into the lives of the trainers and the animal stars, how the animals were trained to play their roles, and also about what the animals went on to do after completing their movie roles.
If I were to pick my favorite chapter from the book, I would say it is Chapter 6 by Mark Harden, where he says how a total of 5 dogs were used to play the complete arc of a dog's lifetime from puppy-hood to old age in Hachi: A Dog's Tale. Harden describes the details of the role played by each of the adult Akita dogs - Chico, Layla and Forrest. It is very interesting to read about the work that went into making a young 4-year old Forrest look and "act" like a very old Hachi. Harden writes how he enjoys "the audible gasp from first-time viewers when Forrest, as old Hachi, makes his entrance" in the movie. He says that the movie was one of the best experiences of his career and adds, "I will pass down memories of it to my grandchildren."
I would recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed watching movies that feature animals. In particular, this would be such an education for the children to know the effort involved, both by the trainers and the animals, in the making of animal movies.
"During the filming of Night at the Museum," writes Gunderson, "Robin Williams preferred to visit with Crystal between takes rather than watch his own performance on the monitor."
Linda and Allen Anderson also consistently do such a wonderful job at helping us understand deep-seated secrets of life through our furry and feathered companions and teachers on this planet. In this collection of stellar beings (stars) who most of us have seen on the big screen, I was also captivated by behind-the-scenes stories about Finder, the horse who played Joey in Spielberg's "War Horse," Crackerjack (who played Crookshanks, Hermione’s cat in the Harry Potter movies), and the incredible wolves from "Game of Thrones."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed reading, about how some of these animal stars, rose up the ranks, after starting their lives,in shelters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marilyn Grossman
Liked reading about the animals but written very informally and not very captivating.Published 10 months ago by Emily H.
Great book for Animal lovers! It was very interesting and eye opening the amount of training that goes into animals used in film/showsPublished 15 months ago by Carol J. Clark
This book was put together very well. It included great pictures of the trained animals, good copy and excellent tips from the trainers.Published 15 months ago by Kate Lewis
Really enjoyed this book. It's nice to read that the animal actors are well looked after.Published 17 months ago by Mrs Beverley J Slater
Animal Stars is the perfect book for animal lovers who also enjoy movies and TV shows which feature them. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sheri Newton