Monday, June 22, 2015

Do Animal Movies Make You Cry? #MaxtheHero #MaxMovie

I have a history with animal movies. I have to watch every one that's released, even though they inevitably turn me into a bawling, slobbering mess. I can watch the saddest movies ever made with humans suffering tragic fates without shedding a tear, but with an animal movie I'm practically crying by the opening credits.

When I was a teenager I went to see a dog movie called Fluke with my mother. We were the only ones  in the theater and it's a good thing, because we both cried our eyes out through the entire movie. On our way back to the car I was still crying so hard that my poor mother probably thought somebody was going to call the police to report child abuse.

I've watched Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey dozens of times, but the final scene where Chance and Sassy return home to their kids and just as they're about to give up on poor old Shadow, he comes hobbling into view...I'm a goner just thinking about it.

My mother has warned me to never even *attempt* to watch Harry & Tonto, and I've taken her advice. I set myself up for heartache by watching these movies, but even I know my limits.


On June 26th another amazing animal movie is set to hit theaters, and I was so honored to be asked to help spread the word about it. I first saw the movie trailer earlier this spring (and yes, I teared up) and immediately put the date on my calendar. (Although to be perfectly honest, I'll probably wait for the DVD so I can openly weep in the comfort of my living room with Truffles as the only witness.)

Now, let me tell you about MAX:

A precision-trained military dog, Max serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatized by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service.

Shipped stateside, the only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle’s teenage brother, Justin, so Max is adopted by Kyle’s family, essentially saving his life. But Justin has issues of his own, such as living up to his father’s expectations for him; he isn’t interested in taking responsibility for his brother’s troubled dog. However, Max may be Justin’s only chance to discover what really happened to his brother that day on the front, and with the help of a tough-talking young teen, Carmen, who has a way with dogs, Justin begins to appreciate his canine companion.

Justin’s growing trust in Max helps the four-legged veteran revert back to his heroic self, and as the pair race against time to unravel the mystery, they find more excitement—and danger—than they bargained for. But they each might also find an unlikely new best friend…in each other.

Official movie trailer:

The theme song "Forever Young" by Blake Shelton (trust me and grab a box of Kleenex right now):

Max “Hero Dogs” Featurette:

Tell us why your pet is your hero! Share your photos and stories using the hashtags #HeroPet and #MaxMovie on social media for a chance to be featured on Warner Brothers official MAX pages!

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How do you feel about animal movies? 
Are you looking forward to seeing Max?


  1. I do enjoy animal movies (especially if there is a happy ending). Max looks like a great movie though I think it might be sad.

  2. The head peep usually doesn't watch animal movies. She knew people in the animal-handling business for years, and she learned about that business from them. She has mixed feelings about it, and mostly avoids animal movies as a result.

  3. I generally can't watch them (although I did like "Cats and Dogs", but even that made me cry). I have a mug I bought from the i heart dogs dot com website that says "I don't care who dies in a movie as long as the dog lives." I'm thinking about going back for the hoodie with the same statement. And I'll be steering clear of "Max" for the very reason I don't want to be a slobbering mess in the theater lobby.

  4. The mom usually won't watch animal movies because she knows she'll end up crying like a baby. She doesn't like regular movies where something happens to a animal in it. She won't read a lot of animal books for the same reason. While she know Max is a good movie, she probably won't watch it. Is she silly?

  5. I'm like you, Melissa...animal movies make me cry. :) My daughter saw the trailer for "Max", this weekend, and said it's going to be great.

  6. Sounds like a good movie! I tend to cry at sad movies, especially if they have animals in them.

  7. Yes, animal movies make me cry every time. Haven't seen this one yet.

    Rosa @ Cat Lady Confidential

  8. I have a hard time with movies that end with the animal not making it.
    Childhood movie : Ol Yeller.
    Ten hankies

  9. Great post! I love animal movies - and yes, they do move me to tears. They touch my heart...we are SO looking forward to this movie! Our post went live this morning and we are eagerly awaiting for the arrival of June 26!

  10. The videos made me cry, even though I didn't think they would. Thanks for sharing news of this movie! I am looking forward to it, with a whole box of tissues. I have worked on military bases and the Military Police dogs were searching for bombs in our building on 9-11, they are highly disciplined and so smart.

  11. I also cry through animal movies. I cried all the way through Homeward Bound. I cried through a good portion of Seabiscuit (even though I had read the book). I don't think I want to see Max in a theater.

  12. Well let's see, we shuld own stock in kleenex or puffs cuz mommy be very sensitive and cwies at da dwop of a hat. So yes, she let's it all out over animal movies. Second weez didn't know what this movie was 'bout so we hadn't planned to watch it. But after weadin' yous review, weez will be waitin' fur it to come on teevee. (weez can't afford to go out to movies so weez have to wait a kupple years fur fings to come on da teevee.) gweat posty.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

  13. Max seems like it is going to be a very good movie. I tend to be much more moved by animals in movies than I am by humans. However, I don't always go to see animal movies because they are usually aimed toward children and I tend to like more cognitively challenging films. This one looks like it is targeted towards adults because it covers such heavy topics. I might just have to go and see it. :)
    -Purrs from your friends at

  14. I will wait for the dvd so I can cry at home. The ones that really got me were My Dog Skip and Marley.

  15. I cant decide if this is a sponsored post or not, not that it matters. TW doesn’t go to movies but that new animated one The Secret Life of Pets looks really funny.

  16. I love animal movies yet I cry all thru them. That last scene of Homeward Bound, I bawled. I got stuck watching Life of Pi and cried waiting until the end to make sure the tiger lived but was sad to see him stumble into the jungle.

  17. Mommy watched Harry and Tonto. She said never again, it made her cry too much.