We’ve got your watch list covered.

By Shayne Storey, Companion Protect Implementation Specialist

With social distancing and “safer at home” orders in full effect, you may be at a loss for what to do with your free time. But I think it’s the perfect time to enjoy a great film! So share the remote with your furry companion because here are 29 movies to curl up and watch together (we’ve even broken them up into categories!).

**All movies were fully vetted before being listed!
**All movie watch/rent/buy availability listed as of 3/30/2020

Dog Movies

Benji (1974)
A doggie woof-tacular! Follow the adventures of a stray mutt who worked his way into the hearts of many.

Currently available for rent on Amazon Prime.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%

101 Dalmatians (1961)
Catch the classic animated or human version (1996) of this film. Did you know: a prequel of 101 Dalmatians, starring Emma Stone as Cruella, is tentatively scheduled for release in 2021. Ummm, definitely, yes.

Currently available with your Disney+ subscription.

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%

Beethoven (1992)
If you are a 90’s kid we’re assuming you’ve already seen this film. For all others, why haven’t you yet? “A slobbering St. Bernard becomes the center of attention for a loving family but must contend with a dog-napping veterinarian and his henchman.” —IMDb

Currently available for rent on Amazon Prime and VUDU.

Rotten Tomatoes: 33% (We don’t agree with this…)

Turner & Hooch (1989)
 *SPOILER ALERT* Do not read on if you don’t want to know the ending… Did you know: the director wrote an alternative ending to the film, in which Hooch survives his “Hollywood” gunshot wound. It was Tom Hanks, however, who suggested Hooch die in order to create a passionate ending such as “Old Yeller”. Hanks regretted that decision! (1)

Currently available for rent on Amazon Prime or VUDU, or free with your Disney+ subscription.

Rotten Tomatoes: 52% (We certainly don’t agree with this rating!)


My Dog Skip (2000)
Starring Frankie Muniz and Kevin Bacon: “’My Dog Skip’ is a good, old-fashioned boy-and-his-dog movie that is lyrical and very touching, with many important issues for family discussion.” – Nell Minow; Common Sense Media

Currently available to rent on Amazon Prime.

Rotten Tomatoes: 73%

Old Yeller (1957)
Did you know: “the ‘wolf’ in the movie was actually a German Shepherd. The shepherd was made up to look like a wolf. Both dogs were taught how to play-fight. During these bouts, they were always muzzled so as to avoid any accidental damage.” —Tom Foster; Freelancer (2)

Currently available to watch with your Disney+ subscription.

Rotten Tomatoes: 100% (This is a review we can get behind!)

Frankenweenie (2012)
A Tim Burton, animated film: “When a boy’s beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment.” —IMDb

Available for rent on Amazon Prime and VUDU, or free with your Hulu subscription.

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%

Isle of Dogs (2018)
Isle of Dogs is an unforgettable sequence in Anderson’s heartfelt ode to dogs, loyalty, and the bond of friendship.” – Rajeev Masand; News 18 Critic Review

Currently available on Amazon Prime.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

Shiloh (1997)
“’Shiloh’ makes a hero of 11-year-old Marty Preston as he strives to protect a small hound from its abusive owner.” – Bob Smithouser; Plugged In

Currently available on Amazon Prime.

Rotten Tomatoes: 73%

Cat Movies

Pet Sematary (1989) / Pet Sematary (2019)
(2019) “It will make you jump out of your seat, but what matters are the provocations you take home and can’t shake. That’s the stuff of nightmares.” -Peter Travers; Rolling Stone

Currently available on Hulu.

Rotten Tomatoes: 50% (1989)
Rotten Tomatoes: 57% (2019)

(They just don’t seem to appreciate a classic Stephen King film.)

The Aristocats (1970)
Cuddle close to your kitty for this one! It’s likely you’ll be singing “Scales and Arpeggios” together. Totally cheesy…and we don’t care.

Available with your Disney+ subscription.

Rotten Tomatoes: 66%


Cats (2019)
Meeooows for days; excited for this one! A new adaptation of the classic Broadway musical, in theaters December 20, 2019! If you’ve ever wondered what Taylor Swift would look like as a cat…Catch the trailer here.

Currently available for rent on Amazon Prime or VUDU.

Rotten Tomatoes: 20% (Hey, musicals aren’t for everyone…)

Puss in Boots (2011)
“Through the years I have been known by many names. Diablo Gato, The Furry Lover, ChupaCabra, Frisky Two Times and then The Gingerhead man. But to most I am Puss in Boots, outlaw!” –Puss in Boots

Currently available with your HBO and/or Hulu subscription.

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%

Cat’s Eye (1985)
A spooky Stephen King film starring a young Drew Barrymore.

Currently available for rent on Amazon Prime or VUDU.

Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
(Let your cat be the judge…)

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
An anime film about a 13-year-old headstrong witch named Kiki, and her talking cat companion, Jiji.

Currently available for purchase on Amazon Prime or VUDU.

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%


Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
“A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961 [with his cat].” —IMDb

Currently available for rent on Amazon Prime or VUDU.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Caution: you’ll be singing “Moon River” to your cat after this film. Starring Audrey Hepburn, this film features “a young New York socialite [who] becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her [and her cat’s] apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way.” —IMDb 

Currently available for free with your Hulu subscription.

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
(We give it a CP rating of 100%!)

The Cat in the Hat (2003)
Starring Mike Myers and a young Dakota Fanning: Grinch producer, Brian Grazer, gives you all the similar funnies and feel-goods in this film.

Available on Netflix!

Rotten Tomatoes: 9% with an audience score of 52%
(Ouch. We’ll let you decide…)

Other Animal Movies

Secret Life of Pets (2016)
This hilarious film is “an affable adventure with a strong voice cast. What it lacks in originality, it claws back with strong visual gags and a witty script.” –Jonathan Pile; Empire

Currently available for rent on Amazon Prime or VUDU.

Rotten Tomatoes: 73%

Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Bring your own plate of spaghetti and be prepared to sing, “We are Siamese, if you please…”! Though the non-animated rendition of this film releases November 12, 2019, this 1955 animated classic is “[a] romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel and a streetwise downtown Mutt.” (IMDb)

Available for free with your Disney+ subscription.

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
Nostalgia for every 90’s child! Did you know: Homeward Bound is a true story! “’Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey’ is actually a remake of another movie from 1963 called ‘The Incredible Journey.’ That original movie is based off a book by the same name which is based off a true story of pets finding their way home in the Canadian wilderness.” (3)

Available for free with your Hulu subscription.

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%

Babe (1995)
Did you know: the pig in “Babe” literally changed James Cromwell’s life, who plays gentle farmer Arthur Hoggett in the film (4). Immediately after filming, James got involved with renowned animal welfare organizations like PETA and Mercy for Animals, and has been a huge animal advocate for the past 25 years. And he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon! (5)

Available with your HBO subscription, or for rent on Amazon Prime or VUDU.

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%

Oliver & Company (1988)
“A lost and alone kitten joins a gang of dogs engaged in petty larceny in New York City.” (IMDb)

Available with your Disney+ subscription.

Rotten Tomatoes: 50% (with an audience score of 62%)

Stuart Little (1999)
“Little is big on heart.” –Staci Layne Wilson (Movie Review)

Available for free on Crackle.

Rotten Tomatoes: 67%

Holiday Movies

Hocus Pocus
A Halloween cult-classic for every nostalgic 90’s kid! You’ll feel all the feels for Thackary Binks, a colonial century boy cursed into a black cat by three outlandishly wild witches. Only after these witches meet their untimely end can Binx be restored to his former self.

Available with your Disney+ subscription!

Rotten Tomatoes: 33% with an audience score of 71%
(Go with the audience score on this one, friend…)

A Dog Named Christmas (2009)
Definitely bring your nog, your dog, and holiday cheer for this film. This is a certified Companion Protect fave “about a developmentally challenged young man with a penchant for caring for animals in need [who] sets out to convince his family – and their whole rural community – to participate in a local shelter’s inaugural ‘Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program’.” (IMDb)

We give this film a 100% rating! Available to rent on Amazon Prime.

Gremlins (1984)
An 80’s cult classic, indeed! Did you know: “While Gremlins has over the years become a classic Christmas movie (due to its Christmas time setting), it was actually a summer movie [release].” –Buzzfeed (6)

Available to rent on VUDU or Amazon Prime.

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
This film is timeless. Embark on a Christmas journey with hilarious Jim Carrey, whom, without much dismay, wins the hearts and laughs of many in this classic holiday film. Holiday cheer with your dog in tow is an absolute must!

Available on Netflix!

Rotten Tomatoes: 50%
(Nope. Not agreeing with this rating!)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Did you know: Tim Burton’s inspiration behind the main character, Jack Skellington, was the real-life Halloween costume his mom made for him as a child. The suit was a combination of a skeleton costume combined with a snowman decoration for a head. (7)

Available on Disney+!

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%

Holiday Movies

Hocus Pocus
A Halloween cult-classic for every nostalgic 90’s kid! You’ll feel all the feels for Thackary Binks, a colonial century boy cursed into a black cat by three outlandishly wild witches. Only after these witches meet their untimely end can Binx be restored to his former self.

Available with your Disney+ subscription!

Rotten Tomatoes: 33% with an audience score of 71%
(Go with the audience score on this one, friend…)

A Dog Named Christmas (2009)
Definitely bring your nog, your dog, and holiday cheer for this film. This is a certified Companion Protect fave “about a developmentally challenged young man with a penchant for caring for animals in need [who] sets out to convince his family – and their whole rural community – to participate in a local shelter’s inaugural ‘Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program’.” (IMDb)

We give this film a 100% rating! Available to rent on Amazon Prime.

Gremlins (1984)
An 80’s cult classic, indeed! Did you know: “While Gremlins has over the years become a classic Christmas movie (due to its Christmas time setting), it was actually a summer movie [release].” –Buzzfeed (6)

Available to rent on VUDU or Amazon Prime.

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
This film is timeless. Embark on a Christmas journey with hilarious Jim Carrey, whom, without much dismay, wins the hearts and laughs of many in this classic holiday film. Holiday cheer with your dog in tow is an absolute must!

Available on Netflix!

Rotten Tomatoes: 50%
(Nope. Not agreeing with this rating!)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Did you know: Tim Burton’s inspiration behind the main character, Jack Skellington, was the real-life Halloween costume his mom made for him as a child. The suit was a combination of a skeleton costume combined with a snowman decoration for a head. (7)

Available on Disney+!

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%

Whether you’re social distancing, trying to make the most of stay at home orders, or just tired of scrolling through an endless list of movies and shows, we hope you feel inspired to spend some fun, quality time with your little (or big) companions. So hurry! Go grab your remote, your favorite snack, and your best friend(s). Let us know which film you loved the most.


Source 1: http://mentalfloss.com/article/83781/12-fun-facts-about-turner-hooch
Source 2: https://www.tvovermind.com/10-things-didnt-know-old-yeller/
Source 3: https://www.wideopenpets.com/25-fun-facts-about-homeward-bound-since-the-movie-is-already-25-years-old/
Source 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPbpfY7oWLQ
Source 5: https://www.thevintagenews.com/2017/12/19/james-cromwell-vegan/
Source 6: https://www.buzzfeed.com/briangalindo/15-fun-facts-and-tibits-you-might-not-know-about-gremlins
Source 7: https://groovyhistory.com/tim-burton-halloween-costume-1967-jack-skellington

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