They can do it: 20 movies with talking animals

What could be better for a family evening than watching comedies, melodramas or fantasy about our smaller brothers? Children and adults who have remained open to wonders will especially enjoy films about talking animals from our list. Here, furry and feathered heroes can talk, think, make friends, and also constantly get into different stories, making us empathize, sad and rejoice.

The Amazing Journey of Doctor Dolittle (2020)

A novelty movie in the fantasy genre, where a veterinarian with an amazing ability is in for great adventures. Doctor Dolittle understands the language of animals and avoids the company of people. The man lives in 19th century England and leads a secluded life after the death of his wife. But one day a young queen turns to him. She is seriously ill and asks for help from our hero. And for this, he and his exotic assistants will have to go on a long journey to find a cure for all diseases.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:  
Dolittle

Genre:
Fantasy, comedy, adventure

Actors:  
Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen …

Country:  
USA, China, UK, Japan

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:  
12+


Way home (2019)

This feature film with the dog Bella talking to the viewer will tell a story about the mutual assistance of animals, human love for smaller brothers, devotion and betrayal. The little puppy who lived in the ruins was very lucky. The good-natured guy Lucas saved the baby from starvation and street dangers. He became Bella’s loving, caring owner and best friend until the dog got lost. Now she has to walk hundreds of kilometers to find her way home.

Original title:  
A Dog’s Way Home

Genre:  
Melodrama, family

Actors:  
Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos…

Country:  
China, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:  
6+


Incredible world through the eyes of Enzo (2019)

The Golden Retriever is the narrator in the hit and highly rated film. “Good boy” Enzo dreams of someday being reborn and becoming a human. More than anything, he loves speed and, of course, his master, the young racer Danny. Two friends have to go through more than one serious test together. Ups and downs, the joy of having a child, the bitterness of losing a loved one, the first victory and the first defeat. But no matter what happens, they have each other.

Original title:  
The Art of Racing in the Rain

Genre:  
Drama, melodrama

Actors:  
Kevin Costner, Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seifred …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:  
12+


Peter Rabbit (dulogy, 2018 and 2020)

This hilarious foreign comedy about talking animals is a great movie choice to watch with kids. The film introduces us to Peter, a restless rabbit who organizes raids on a neighbor’s farmer’s garden. Together with his gang, the big-eared mischief-maker enters the house and arranges a real feast. However, the animal is unaware that the owner of the house has already figured out how to get rid of the visits of uninvited guests.

Original title:
Peter Rabbit

Genre:
Fantasy, comedy, adventure

Actors:
James Corden, Faisal Buzzy, Domhnall Gleason…

Country:
USA, Australia, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.9

Age Limits :
6+


Mowgli (2018)

A human child named Mowgli ends up in the jungle . Here he is taken into the family by a pack of wolves, and the bear Baloo and panther Bagheera take patronage over the boy, teaching the intricacies of life in the wild. Mowgli grows up, sure that he is one of them, but not all animals are ready to accept him. The evil tiger Sher Khan is already preparing a plan to eat human flesh. Soon the boy will have to go on a long journey to save himself and his native jungle, which he considered home for many years.

Original title:  
Mowgli

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, adventure

Actors:  
Roen Chand, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch …

Country:  
UK, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.5

Age limit:  
12+


Dog Life (dilogue, 2017 and 2019)

The next project in the list of the best films where animals talk is an American film for the whole family about the adventures of the dog Bailey. A dog’s life does not end with death. Having been reborn, the soul of a dog comes to our world again to make the next person happy with its friendship and devotion. So it was with Bailey, who for three lives lived was a police dog , got to negligent owners and made one lonely girl very happy. However, all this time the dog was trying to find the boy Ethan, his first owner.

Original title:  
A Dog’s Purpose

Genre:  
Fantasy, drama

Actors:  
Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton …

Country:  
USA, India

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:  
6+


Nine Lives (2016)

By chance, Tom Brand turns into a beautiful cat named Mr. Fluffy Pants. Now, in order to return to the human body, he, a stubborn workaholic, a millionaire, will have to somehow improve relations with his family, which he didn’t give a damn about because of work. But he will have to do this in the body of a cat, otherwise the man will never become a man again.

Original title:  
Nine Lives

Genre:  
Fantasy, drama, comedy, family

Actors:  
Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell…

Country:  
France, China, Canada

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:  
6+


The Jungle Book (2016)

The Oscar-winning movie, thanks to computer animation, has become a more colorful and lively version of the old cartoon with talking animals, created in 1967. The feral boy Mowgli believes that the pack of wolves that sheltered him is his family. But while he is learning how to hunt and the laws of the animal world, the cunning tiger Sherkhan is preparing an attack on the foster child. To avoid the fate of being eaten, the boy must return to the human settlement. In company with Bagheera, dexterous Mowgli will embark on a journey full of incredible encounters and adventures.

Original title:  
The Jungle Book

Genre:  
Fantasy, drama, adventure, family, cartoon

Actors:  
Neil Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson…

Country:  
Great Britain, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:  
12+


The Adventures of Paddington (dialogue, 2014 and 2017)

The film tells the story of the cult character of British literature, the funny talking Paddington bear cub, a representative of an unusually intelligent clubfoot breed. A furry fellow with gentlemanly habits is sent from Peru to London, where he will be sheltered by the English Brown family. This family needs a mischievous traveler as much as a lone lumberjack in a blue coat needs them.

Original title:  
Alpha

Genre:
Comedy, family, adventure

Actors:  
Cody Smith-McPhee, Johannes Höykjur Johannesson, Marcin Kowalczyk…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age Limits
12+


My Zoo Boy (2011)

The unlucky guy Griffin, the zookeeper, knows the habits and habits of all his wards, but he cannot find an approach to the girls. The last beloved left the poor man because of his low-paid and unmanly, in her opinion, work. However, help will come from where they did not expect. It turns out that the animals in the zoo can speak and are ready to teach a couple of lessons of seduction to their beloved caretaker. This funny American comedy with fantasy elements and talking animals in the title role is a great choice for fans of light, kind cinema.

Original title:  
Zookeeper

Genre:  
Fantasy, melodrama, comedy, family

Actors:  
Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:  
12+


Alvin and the Chipmunks (tetralogy, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015)

Suddenly, several fluffy artists burst into the quiet and measured life of composer David – a rock band consisting of three talking chipmunk brothers. The animals turned out to be very artistic natures and with the help of David, who agrees to be their manager, the guys very soon become famous. However, there are a lot of envious people around and many dream of cashing in on the talent of furry artists, and David will have to protect the striped stars from evil people.

Original title:  
Alvin and the Chipmunks

Genre:  
Cartoon, fantasy, comedy

Actors:  
Jason Lee, David Cross, Cameron Richardson…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:  
12+


Charlotte’s Web (2006)

The hero of a touching children’s movie about true friendship and talking animals is Wilbur the pig. The owner of a pink patch is afraid of the holidays, because soon he may be on the table as a dish. However, the kid has friends who are ready to help him avoid a terrible fate – this is the girl Fern and the spider Charlotte. By his example, the pig proves that for friendship it does not matter what size you are or what kind of inhabitants of the Earth you belong to. The three friends try to come up with a plan to get Wilbur to avoid the axe.

Original title:  
Charlotte’s Web

Genre:
Fantasy, comedy, adventure

Actors:  
Dakota Fanning, Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi …

Country:  
USA, Germany, Australia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:  
0+


Horse Racing (2005)

A light comedy with an interesting plot introduces us to a zebra foal named Stripes. As a child, he fell out of a circus wagon and was taken in by a passing farmer, a former horse trainer. Since the farm was not far from the hippodrome, our striped hero decides that he is no worse and is also ready to participate in the races. Thanks to the perseverance and support of a farmer’s daughter, who dreams of becoming a jockey, Stripes overcomes all difficulties and fulfills her dream.

Original title:
Racing Stripes

Genre:
Drama, comedy, adventure

Actors:
Bruce Greenwood, Hayden Panettiere, Caspar Poik …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 5.2

Age Limits :
12+


Garfield (dilogue, 2004 and 2006)

The top movie about animals that talk will continue with a family comedy about the adventures of a lazy cat named Garfield. The life of a spoiled animal ceases to be languid when a new pet appears in the house – puppy Odie. Still, now you have to share with the beginner not only a couch, but also your favorite lasagna. With all his might, the red-haired sly is trying to survive Odie from the apartment. However, when the puppy still disappears, only in his power to return the baby home.

Original title:  
Garfield

Genre:  
Comedy, family, fantasy

Actors:  
Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Stephen Tobolowski, Bill Murray…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 5.0

Age restrictions:  
0+


Shaggy SWAT (2003)

A family film about the boy Owen and his faithful dog is worth watching for lovers of dogs and science fiction. Hubble is not an ordinary shaggy mongrel, as it might seem at first glance, but an alien alien who also knows how to talk. It turns out that once upon a time dogs came to earth to conquer world domination, but they failed in the mission and became pets. Soon their leader will arrive on Earth, and if she finds out about the failure, all the dogs will disappear from the planet. Neither Owen nor his furry talking companion Hubble can let that happen!

Original Title
Good Boy!

Genre:
Fantasy, fantasy, drama

Actors:  
Molly Shannon, Liam Aiken, Kevin Nealon …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:  
6+


Cats vs Dogs (trilogy, 2001, 2010, 2020)

Pet owners are unaware that a top-secret war has been going on between cats and dogs for a long time. Among the representatives of the warring parties there are special agents who use high technology to detect and neutralize the enemy. One of the agents recently went missing – a dog named Buddy. Puppy Lou, a rookie, will have to learn combat techniques and go in search of him, repelling the cunning attacks of Tinkles the cat.

Original title:  
Cats & Dogs

Genre:  
Fantasy, Action, Comedy, Family

Actors:  
Jeff Goldblum, Elizabeth Perkins, Alexander Pollock…

Country:  
USA, Australia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.1

Age Limits
12+


Stuart Little (1999)

Instead of a puppy or a kitten, the boy George received a talking mouse, Stuart, as a gift. The cheerful kid quickly took root in the Little family, but he never found a common language with local cats. One day, the attackers kidnap the baby and he finds himself completely alone far from a comfortable home, completely unsuitable for life on the street. This is how the dizzying adventures of the little mouse begin, full of dangers, new acquaintances and funny situations.

Original title:
Stuart Little

Genre:
Fantasy, comedy, adventure

Actors:
Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie …

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
0+


Doctor Dolittle (1998)

In the center of the plot of the film is Dr. John Doolittle. Recently, a man discovered in himself an amazing ability to understand the language of animals. Having learned about this, all the animals in the area – from pets to wild inhabitants of the forest – rushed to see an unusual doctor . From now on, his house is full of motley patients, and life has turned into a real madhouse. And how could it be otherwise, if geese, goats and other representatives of the fauna walk around your rooms?

Original title:  
Doctor Dolittle

Genre:
Fantasy, comedy, family

Actors:  
Eddie Murphy, Ossie Davis, Oliver Platt …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:  
12+


Babe: Four-legged baby (dilogue, 1995 and 1998)

At the fair, Farmer Hogget wins a little pig. A baby named Babe is immediately taken under guardianship by the wise shepherd Fly. And while the farmer is planning on which holiday Babe will go to the table, he, in turn, is trying to prove that he is not like all pigs and can do a lot. For example, herding sheep. The four-legged hero of the film is waiting for incredible adventures, competition with shepherd dogs, disputes with sheep, friendship with geese and a lot of funny situations.

Original title:
Babe

Genre:
Drama, comedy, family

Actors:
James Cromwell, Magda Schubanski, Christine Kavanagh…

Country:
Australia, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.8

Age Limits :
0+


The Road Home: The Incredible Journey (duology, 1993 and 1996)

An elderly German Shepherd, a grumpy cat and a restless teenage dog are members of one big and friendly family. One day, the owners of the pets take them to the ranch before going on vacation. However, the disturbed animals run away and look for their way home. A funny film tells about the wanderings of three pets in the wild, their acquaintance with exotic animals, dangerous predators and previously unknown natural phenomena.

Original title:  
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

Genre:  
Drama, Comedy, Adventure, Family

Actors:  
Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, Don Amici…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 6.9

Age Limits
6+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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