Wishboneon August 18, 2014 at 6:00 am
When animals are replaced in a TV show or movie, no one notices or complains. It’s because we’re humans and our innate speciesism tells us that all Jack Russell Terriers more or less look alike. I know, fucked up but true.
But what’s even better is when HUMANS get replaced by another HUMAN. It’s less common than it used to be, but when it happens it’s always hilarious. Like how Katie Holmes morphed into Maggie Gyllenhaal in the Batman movies (though it’s more the nature of the franchise that one of the few female characters was literally replaceable).
In cases like Wishbone, they should treat it like the James Bond or Sherlock Holmes franchises. Reboot it with different breeds of dogs, like a cop show with a German Shepherd or a dark, gritty reboot with a Rottweiler. I know I’d watch Wishbone the Hellhound.
Wishbone the Hellhound. Yes. Make it so, Television Producers!
Right in the childhood.
Not only that, but apparently all the ‘male’ animals on our favorite shows are actually females! Are they afraid some male ‘parts’ might accidentally be displayed? Couldn’t the male animals just wear shorts or jockstraps or something???
Exactly! Flipper was really a female. I don’t get it, either. Perhaps females are just easier to train. Who knows.
Did you know that Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon MacKenzie King had many dogs, all named ‘Pat’
He also held séances to ask these dead dogs for policy advice? (Also his dead parents, which is somewhat less insane of him)
There’s nothing so odd about that. Kemal Ataturk had an entire menagerie, all called Abdul!
Way to throw that stupid SJW comment. I guess I can add ASP to *that* list of webcomics.
the huffy tears of whiny babies are so delicious
This isn’t actually true in the case of Wishbone. IMDB credits Soccer, the dog that starred as Wishbone, as having appeared in all 50 episodes of the show. While stunt dogs were sometimes used, the fact that it was still Soccer appearing in every episode of the show doesn’t make it that different from most human stars.
Further confirmation can be found in The Encyclopedia of TV Pets by Thomas Nelson. Owner Jackie Kaptan states that Soccer appeared in “almost every scene” of the show. She mentions two other dogs that occasionally played the role of Wishbone: Shiner, as a stunt double, and Bear, as a stand-in for still photography.