Many of us will be left stewing over the Weekend as travel restrictions continue. However, this extra time at home is the perfect (and Garda sanctioned) excuse to treat your pet to a movie bonanza!

Our resident movie expert, Mr Carney, has put together a list of five titles that you and your pet NEED to see before things return to normal on our little Island. Unless otherwise stated, all the movies that Mr Carney has recommended are within the realm of parental guidance, so it’s up to you if you’d like your little ones to watch along. Now, with all of the boring stuff out of the way, we can get on to the fun part!

No. 5: King Kong (2005)

Featuring a stellar cast, half-decent CGI and a plot so contrived that you’ll wonder if Jack Black’s character actually wrote the actual script; King Kong has everything, but the reason it appears on this list is for Kong himself. While Kong: Skull Island was a far grittier retelling of the same story, Kong (2005) leaves a lot of heart and personality in the King, conveyed greatly by the amazing CGI that went into him. Overall, it’s a super movie to stick on to show your pet how love knows no bounds (in a roundabout way), just like their love for you!

No. 4: Madagascar

The first animated movie on our list and arguably one of the most nuanced and genuinely hilarious of the lot; Madagascar was a true gem when it first hit Irish screens way-back in 2005. The story is relatively simple: A lion, a zebra, a giraffe, a hippo and a squad of tactical penguins escape from New York’s Zoo in an attempt to return to the wild. Of course, they make it to the eponymous island where things take a turn for the hilarious and their bonds of friendship are tested to their limits. Watch-out for those tactical penguins because they easily steal the entire movie with their charming antics and one-liners!

No. 3: Avatar

Before Avant-Garde Playgame (or whatever the kids call it), Avatar was the original big-bucks big-boy on the block; earning well over 2 billion dollars in the last ten years or so. I’d need to write a thesis to explain its plot, but if you haven’t watched this movie, you need to watch this movie now. James Cameron spared no expense on any part and it really shows, especially during the flight sequences. You and your pet will be blown away by this movie.

No. 2: Finding Nemo

The second animated feature on our list, Finding Nemo was an instant classic the moment it came out. I won’t spoil anything, but Finding Nemo has a lot of heart, a lot of great voice acting and a genuinely funny script that pokes harmless fun at every aspect of Marine and Aquatic life. Any fish owner is stark-raving mad to have not seen this movie and it’s a great movie for little ones too (and little fishies as well!)

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The Actual No. 1: Spirited Away

Whether you watch it with an English Dub or with English Subs, Spirited Away is widely regarded as the finest animated movie ever produced and one of the finest to come from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki (of legendary Studio Ghibli fame). Again, it would be a crime to give anything away, but I can tell you that there will be tears shed by adults and kids alike. Spirited Away is a true classic and is suitable for all ages, breeds, shapes and sizes!

Honourable mentions:

Hidalgo, The Secret Life of Pets, How To Train Your Dragon, The Lego Movie, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, War Horse, Aristocats, Lady and the Tramp, Lassie, Charlotte’s Web, Babe: Pig In The City, The Green Mile (rated R), Con Air (rated R), the entire Jurassic Park franchise, the entire Alien franchise (rated R), Mad Max: Fury Road.

On your next essential shopping trip, why not stock up on some goodies? Order some movie treats for your pet too using our online store; still delivering across Ireland! And, if you think of any movies Mr Carney missed out on, why don’t you let us know?

For now, pet-pals, we say adieu and happy watching!