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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  • altringerhailey
    9/22/2014 - 03:44 p.m.

    First, it talked about how animals are in the movies. Then, it talked about how it takes a lot of hours to train them. Finally, it talked about how they are worth millions of dollars.

  • 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?

  • altringervilla
    9/25/2014 - 10:35 p.m.

    First, I think its wild the way they get a bear to act using fried chicken. Second, it is very nice of the animal humane association to be there to ensure animal safety. Then, I think that it is very important to train them and get them ready so they don't get hurt. Finally I would like to read the book where it names all the animal stars.

  • 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?

  • altringerhailey
    9/26/2014 - 10:37 p.m.

    First,the job can be wild.Second,the actor like the food chicken kfc.After,they wer doing a bisnes.Finally,the director said that the animals wer in tv.

  • altringermario
    9/29/2014 - 12:01 p.m.

    First, the people that direct movies have animal trainers to train animals for ther movies.
    Then, people used a bear to preform on tv the people gave the bear chicken from kfc and it had to be fresh.
    Later, it is

  • altringerashley
    9/29/2014 - 12:02 p.m.

    first. a job to train anamels it may be wild.

  • altringerrodrigo
    9/29/2014 - 12:02 p.m.

    first tranirs thathelp make films jobs can be wild
    second the animals like to eat KFC

  • altringerroberto
    9/29/2014 - 12:03 p.m.

    i like this artical beacause i like bears and its wierd to make an animal make a movie