Tuesday, November 28, 2023

List: Top 3 Human/Animal Relationships

This week on the InSession Film Podcast, we discussed Disney’s latest live-action adaptation, The Jungle Book. Given the dynamics of that film, we used Mowgli’s relationships with the animals around him as our inspiration for this week’s Top 3, a topic that is a little personal to us. We are big animal lovers and passionate fans of films that depict heartwarming stories of characters and animals and the kinds of bonds that can be formed between the two. Some of our favorite films over the years have featured this dynamic and we spend some good time here discussing why that’s resonated so loudly with us. Also keep in mind that we did consider fantasy “creatures” as part of our criteria, as many of them resemble animal-like behavior as it relates to humans.

That being said, what human/animal (or creature) relationships would make your list? Here are the one’s that made ours:

*Keep in mind we have different criteria for our lists as well*


1) Max / Carol – Where the Wild Things Are
2) Travis / Old Yeller – Old Yeller
3) Hiccup / Toothless – How to Train Your Dragon Series
3) Boo / Sully – Monsters, Inc.


1) Hiccup / Toothless – How to Train Your Dragon Series
2) Pi / Richard Parker – Life of Pi
3) Orca’s / General Audience – Blackfish


1) Allan / Elle – Monkey Shines
2) Caesar / Will / Other Humans – Planet of the Apes Series
3) Philo / Clyde – Every Which Way But Loose

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

Kong / Ann Darrow – King Kong
Lili / Hagen – White God
Jeremy Irvine / Joey – War Horse
Robert Neville / Sam – I am Legend
Mononoke / Animal Spirits – Princess Mononoke
Remy / Linguini – Ratatouille
Scott Turner / Hooch – Turner & Hooch
Josh / Bud – Air Bud
Red / Seabiscuit – Seabiscuit
Han Solo / Chewbacca – Star Wars
Elliot / E.T. – E.T.
Aladdin / Abu – Aladdin
Willie / Skip – My Dog Skip

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. There are obviously a lot of other relationships that we didn’t mention that could make your list, depending on your criteria. That being said, what would be your Top 3? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at [email protected].

For the entire podcast, click here or listen below.

For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.


JD Duran
JD Duranhttps://insessionfilm.com
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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