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Why do we all know a "sad movie where the dog dies?" Why do film production companies continue to make this type of movie? What is so special about dogs we'll dedicate whole movies to them?In this project, I attempt to answer two questions. 1) are there any major themes shared between well-known "dog movies", and 2) how do these themes reflect our connections with dogs and ourselves? Through my research, I found three common themes that can be traced to basic human desires, including love, loyalty, and devotion. This is the reason they are desired by audiences; they capture raw emotions and demonstrate it in a pure form via a dog. Film production companies continue to make these films because they gain more favor with the audience as they include authentic, realistic relationships, as the audience can relate to them on a personal level.
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Christensen, Lauren, "Silver Screens & Canines" (2020). Fall Student Research Symposium 2020. 10.