Hi everyone! It’s Dakota and welcome to Fun Friday! Oh my dog hold on to your tail! Have I ever got news for YOU!
Are you adorable?
Do you have movie-star potential? Knowing many of you as I do I would say that ABSOLUTELY you do!
Are you Mr. or Mrs.” Pawsonality” Plus?
I KNEW IT!
Remember Benji, the cute as a puppy’s nose doggy from the movie of the same name? Since some of you are still young pups you might not be completely familiar with Benji so check this out!
One of the biggest success stories of independent American cinema, the original 1974 Benji tells the story of a homeless but beloved small-town stray who, together with a female companion, helps to foil a kidnapping. The film was written, produced, financed and directed by commercial director Joe Camp, Jr., for less than $100,000. Unable to find a distributor among the Hollywood studios, Joe and wife Carolyn Camp released the G-rated film themselves, starting with a two-screen engagement in Dallas. Benji instantly connected with moviegoers, and eventually became a worldwide hit, spawning a franchise that included four sequels, numerous television specials, a Saturday morning series, a syndicated comic strip and a multitude of merchandising deals. Over 73 million people—more than half of them adults—saw Benji in movie theatres and more than a billion people worldwide have seen it on television. The franchise remains hugely successful to this day, selling millions of DVDs in the past few years alone.
Want a chance to be the next Benji?
Well read on my friends!
Dog Owners and Shelter Staff are Invited to Post Pictures of their Benji Lookalikes on a Special Facebook Page for a Chance to Land their Pet the Role of a Lifetime!!!
In the days of the original Benji search, Facebook and social media didn’t exist and Benji was “discovered” in a shelter in California. To celebrate the efforts of our shelters nationwide, in addition to the Facebook search, the filmmakers will also be scouring animal shelters as well as traditional animal talent agencies and trainers for dogs that have the looks, onscreen charisma and ability to take direction required to step into the film’s starring role.
Here’s your chance to be famous!! Sadly for me I’m outta luck. I don’t look like Benji, but if they ever do a re-make of Lassie, hint-hint, I’m a shoo-in!!
If you have a face as adorable as this one, hey even I gotta admit this guy is too cute
then submit a photo of your dog, or of any dog that you know, by
going to the official Benji The Movie Facebook Page www.Facebook.com/benjithemovie. Any dog (breed, size, gender, age) can be submitted – this includes personal pets and shelter dogs!
Hey!! If any of my pals win…remember poor ‘ol Dakota! I’ll have my paw held out for a few bones , oh and free movie tickets, free buttered popcorn and a front row seat when I watch ya on the Silver Screen!!! I want to be the first to get your “pawtograph!!”
About Walden Media
Walden’s most recent co-production, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, grossed over $300 million worldwide. Upcoming films include Won’t Back Down, Of Men and Mavericks and the family comedy Parental Guidance. Past award-winning films include The Chronicles of Narnia series, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Nim’s Island, Charlotte’s Web and the Sundance Audience Prize Winning documentary, Waiting for ‘Superman.’
Good luck my “furiends”!!
Barks and licks and love, Dakota