Animal Rights

Like much of popular culture, many movies are preoccupied with the conflict between right and wrong aka good and evil. The audience sides with the heroic protagonist (who stands for what's right against evil and adversity) safe in the knowledge that good (that's us) will triumph before the credits roll. Films with 'animal rights' themes turn this cinematic convention on its head as the villainous shape of evil which harries our hirsute hero-folk is revealed to be ourselves. For some viewers this is a bitter pill to swallow (sugar-coating is almost mandatory) and thus a hard sell to investors, resulting in precious few films on the subject. All praise then to Alice's vast and mighty catalogue from which this humble offering has been gleaned! Food for thought from Alice's cruelty-free restaurant! Bon appetit! Pictured: Sales of bacon and pork dropped dramatically after the release of family classic 'Babe' (1995).

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson, Minnie Driver

This stunning masterpiece by animation wizard Hayao Miyazaki is set during Japan's Muromachi era, when a maddened Boar God infects a prince with a dea... Read more

Bambi (1942)

Director: David Hand
Starring: Bambi, Thumper

The Disney crew worked for four years to animate Felix Salten's woodland tale, resulting in some of the studio's most memorable characters (young fawn... Read more

Planet of the Apes (1967)

Director: Franklin J Schaffner
Starring: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, Jame...

The original, classic sci-fi film based on Pierre Boulle's novel "Monkey Planet" stars Charlton Heston as Taylor, an astronaut who ends up stranded on... Read more

Watership Down (1978)

Director: Martin Rosen
Starring: Voices Of, John Hurt, Richard Briers, Ralph Richardson, Simon Cadell, Terence Ri...

Director Martin Rosen's acclaimed animated version of the Richard Adam's novel about a family of rabbits seeking a safe place to live as developers mo... Read more

The Fox And The Hound (1981)

Director: Art Stevens, Richard Rich, Ted Berman
Starring: Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Voices Of, Pearl Bailey

A charming Disney animated feature about the childhood friendship between two natural enemies, a fox cub and a hound pup, as they grow older their rel... Read more

Isle of Dogs (2018)

Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Akira Takayama, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Courtney B Vance, Edw...

When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alon... Read more

Babe (1995)

Director: Chris Noonan
Starring: Magda Szubanski, James Cromwell

An orphaned piglet named Babe is won by a farmer at a fair and is taken home to a barnyard where the animals have the ability to talk to one another.... Read more

101 Dalmatians (1996)

Director: Stephen Herek
Starring: Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson

Glenn Close plays the perfectly wicked Cruella De Vil, the fur-loving fashion maven who's obsessed with obtaining dalmatian pelts for her new line in... Read more

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

Director: Kevin Smith
Starring: Jason Mewes, Shannon Elizabeth, Will Ferrell, Kevin Smith, Jason Lee, Chris Rock...

Kevin Smith closes the book on his slacker reprobates with this fifth and final entry in his "New Jersey Trilogy". When convenience store hangabouts J... Read more

Fluke (1995)

Director: Carlo Carlei
Starring: Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, Nancy Travis, Jon Polito, Max Pomeranc

Touching, often funny family drama about a driven businessman who is killed in a car accident and reincarnated as a dog. As memories of his human life... Read more