Baby Driver Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
Dogs have been used in movies and TV shows for what seems like forever. But have we ever thought much about those first dogs that paved the way for the doggy stars of today? One of the starlet pups we are going to focus on today is Jean, the dog of silent films. Also known as the Vitagraph Dog, Jean lived from the years of 1902-1916. She was a beautiful and sweet Scotch Collie who holds the title of being the first dog to ever have a leading role in motion pictures! In order for the Vitagraph Studios of New York to star a canine as a lead, there was one main condition that had to be met; whatever dog was chosen needed to be able to actually behave naturally on set and listen to commands well, not just do traditional tricks. Jean's owner, Laurence Trimble, was convinced that he could train any dog for the role that Vitagraph needed and set out to find the perfect one. As there was a stray nearby that lived in a garage, Trimble set to work gaining his trust and brought him into the studio a mere hour or so later to have the dog perform the script. While he did marvelously, Vitagraph stated that the dog was too small to be used in movies, as a small dog wouldn't be seen very well in medium shots. Because of that, Trimble brought Jean onto the set the very next day.
Over her career, Jean starred in at least 8 films, all directed by Trimble himself. A few examples of films that Jean played in were Jean and the Calico Doll, Jean Goes Fishing, and Jean and the Waif. When the lovely Collie had her own litter of puppies in December 1912 (two males and four females) Vitagraph put together the adorable documentary short film by the name of Jean and Her Family. Jean passed away in the year of 1916 at the age of 14 years old. She lived a full and wonderful life, passing down a legacy to many of the other actor pups that would follow in her paw steps.
Collies are extremely intelligent dogs, and most likely, it was that superior ability to think independently that helped Jean do so well in her film career. If you too have a Collie that you think is a real star, then the name "Jean" may be an excellent name option to consider.