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Movies On The Radio: Animal Films

Screenshot from Zootopia
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From Jungle Book to Jaws and Babe to The Lion King, the stars of the silver screen are often not humans but instead are our four-legged friends. Though no animal has ever won an Oscar, viewers have embraced animal actors and characters in film.

Listeners share their favorites in this month's Movies on the Radio. Host Frank Stasio talks with Laura Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art, and Marsha Gordon, film professor at North Carolina State University about animal films.

Check out these clips from movies featuring animal stars:

Zootopia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oMbwWqceNw

Babe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zHmeTeLgMY

Fantastic Mr. Fox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuKNXP9LcSg

The Black Stallion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O5CcvLk-uE

The Adventures of Milo and Otis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ssMhlgGBhA

Life of Pi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNYv4tBOsMc

Cat From Outer Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlcbjrBcXDg

Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.