Getting animals to dazzle on screen is a wild job Uggie the dog starred in the film "The Artist." At left, Jeremy Irvine appears in a scene from "War Horse." (AP photos)
Getting animals to dazzle on screen is a wild job

For animal trainers that help make films, the job can be wild. Like getting a bear to perform for the camera. It can require lots of fried chicken.

Casey the bear is seen in "Evan Almighty" and other movies. The animal loved chicken. KFC was his favorite. It had to be fresh.

That story is among those in the book "Animal Stars." It's a look at how trainers get animals to safely perform. Set for release Sept. 25, the book is co-written by the head of the American Humane Association. That group looks after the rights of animals in the movie business.

When a movie is being made, the group will come to ensure animal safety.

But for another animal welfare group, the efforts are not enough. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it is against the use of live animals in film and TV work.

The book features quotes from actors and directors like Quentin Tarantino. He directed the movie "Django Unchained."

"They need somebody saying, 'No, it's too much.' 'They're too tired.' 'It's too scary for them.' " he said about animals used in movies and TV.

"You just need the time to train the animals and get them ready so they don't get hurt."

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  • mirandanST
    9/23/2014 - 09:36 a.m.

    Why did you want to write this article? Do you own any of the animals that you wrote about? How would you be able to accomplish to train these animals?

  • hayleesST
    9/23/2014 - 09:42 a.m.

    Its cool that you can get animals to do movies! How do you get the animals to stay? Do you have an invisible leash or do the animals just stay?

  • paigefST
    9/26/2014 - 09:41 a.m.

    I think animals should be on TV but if there too tired the animals deserve a break. Animal safety is the most important thing. Do you want animals doing harmful stunts?

  • Ashley0207-yyca
    10/15/2014 - 10:12 p.m.

    It is crazy to have live animals in a film because live animals can bite you and kick you with their hooves or back legs. I think this is a crazy director to have animals in films because use they are wild and they need to live out free and in the wild. I am amazed because a director having animals in the film. I am not agreeing with this article because directors don't use wild animals for their film. I learned that it is not good to have an animal in films. When I am a director I would rather use stuffed animals or animal figures that are big or costumes of animals we need, if we run out we can order more online. I will never believe this article because real ANIMALS can't be in real films to make a racket.

  • kaitlyne-Pol
    2/10/2015 - 03:16 p.m.

    I think it is amazing that the people from the Humane Society come to make sure that the animal is safe and happy. This is an amazing paragraph.