My family and I were watching Marley and Me awhile ago and I have to say it's a cute movie. I'm not going to give away any spoilers, but it follows a formula that pops up a lot in dog-related media. Dogs are a big part of pop culture even Tv Tropes has a whole page deciated to them and their cannie cousins. However, Marley and Me follows a sterotype that I'm not sure is on the above mention Tv Trope page.
This sterotype is what I like to call "Cannie Catastrophe" is related to the trope Killer Rabbit and can sometimes overlap with the trope of Pet Monstrosity. It follows this basic formula:
- A character gets a dog for whatever reason
- Said dog turns out to a HUGE handful than most dogs (see list below for examples)
- Reason for the dog's bad behavior can range from acting out to having otherworldly origins (extraterrestrial, supernatural, etc)
Here's a list of movies that contain this trope:
Lilo and Stitch (extraterrestrial)
The above mention Marley and Me
Your milage may vary about the Beethoven movies and Marduke.
So, can you think of any movies using this trope? I love to see what you say in the comments section.
Have a great Tuesday.