For those of us who grew up in the 90s, movies were our viewfinder to the outside world. We didn’t have Facebook or iPads. We didn’t even have Netflix! Just a library full of dusty VHS tapes and a VCR. 

After the movie was over, it’d be a different story. If you saw any of the flicks listed below as a kid, you undoubtedly begged your parents for a cat or dog for weeks afterwards. These movies made our desire for a pet something we could only express in tears, bribes and persuasive essays. Whether it was a St. Bernard puppy or a Golden Retriever, a black cat or a Dalmatian, every 90s kid wanted (and probably received) a pet as a direct result of the following films.

Beethoven, 1992

A slobbering St. Bernard becomes the center of attention for a loving family, but must contend with a dog-napping veterinarian in Beethoven. The movie’s tagline, “He’ll grow on you,” had bigger implications than parents expected when kids everywhere wanted a St. Bernard in the early 90s.

Homeward Bound, 1993

If you didn’t cry at the end of Homeward Bound, you have no soul. Just kidding. But it is a very touching story about two dogs and a cat that escape from a California ranch and accomplish some pretty unbelievable feats in order to find their owners in San Francisco.

Hocus Pocus, 1993

In Hocus Pocus, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night and it’s up to two teens, a young girl and the world’s most loyal and noble cat to put an end to the witches’ reign of terror once and for all.

101 Dalmatians, 1996

Remember when Dalmatians were popular in the 90s? After we watched 101 Dalmatians, the story about a woman who kidnaps puppies to kill them for fur, we fell in love with their heroic, spotted parents that ganged up against her and got revenge.

Air Bud, 1997

In Air Bud, a young boy moves to a small town and befriends a talented stray dog with an amazing basketball playing ability. The boy eventually makes his school’s team and Buddy is named the Team Mascot – until his former owner schemes to steal him back. Drama!

You know a dog movie is a success when people rush out to get the trending breed.  Can you think of any others? 

Credit: CANIDAE®


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