So, the first description that comes to your mind when you try to describe yourself and your interests is cinephile, and your friends have been teasing you that you must have grown up inside a Blockbuster video rental shop since you can’t stop comparing the things that happen to you in real life with scenes and characters from movies. If this is the case then you’ll surely name your dog appropriately and make an eternal homage to The Seventh Art. Be it your favorite movie, TV series, or your favorite cinema dog, this is a perfect way to make your new canine friend the most stellar dog in the park.
Movie Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
There are numerous examples in both feature films and animated movies where dogs are main protagonists, and sure enough, it is completely natural since dogs have been a part of our daily life since prehistoric times. One thing that changed with the advent of cinema is that fables could finally be enlivened and dogs could be granted human feelings, needs and behavioral patterns. So it goes with one of the most beloved Disney classics, the Lady and the Tramp, filmed way back in 1955, and also notable as being the first instance of a superstar voice being hired to voice an animated film – singer Peggy Lee.
Think of a love story as old as time, only set in a quaint Midwestern city and its protagonists being Lady, a lovely American Cocker Spaniel, and Tramp (as his name suggests), a cross-breed dog that lives near an Italian restaurant where the owner Tony gives him scraps of food in order for him to survive. So, Lady is a high-brow, well, lady and Tramp is a charming mongrel that spends his days evading the local dogcatcher.
However, Lady’s life becomes a bumpy ride when her owners decide to have a baby. Her troubles are perpetuated by two Siamese cats Si and Em, who wreak havoc in the house and put the blame on Lady, who goes through a series of unfortunate events because of this. But Tramp and his street-smart, foot-loose approach to life make Lady realize that there’s more to life than her golden cage she had been living in so far. Even more than that, she starts to fall in love in Tramp. You are surely familiar with one of the most memorable love scenes in the history of cinema, when Lady and the Tramp share spaghetti only to ‘accidentally’ give each other a kiss.
This sweet love story was an enormous success at the box office, proving that audiences adore movies with canine protagonists, so much so it has been named number 95 out of 100 on the list of "100 Greatest Love Stories of All Time" by the American Film Institute. Its soundtrack does not fall back either, as it has been regarded as an all-time greatest Disney and Pixar soundtrack by Rhapsody in 2010. These are just a few reasons why Lady and the Tramp is a classic family love story – its innocence, sweetness and charm is simply something every generation can relate to.
Movie Inspired Dog Name Considerations
Whether you’ve decided to bring in a tiny Maltese or a Rottweiler to your home, there’s that one name that fits almost all breeds, and it owes this to the reputation of the movie it is inspired with. The first time you see your dog run up a huge flight of stairs and imagine him getting ready to rumble, the name search is over, as you can immediately start calling your little fighter Rocky. This name is so iconic and so immersed in the collective unconsciousness that it can easily be appropriate for a large variety of dogs – so long as the dog is determined and energetic as Rocky Balboa.
Another classic dog name popularized by its movie namesake must be Buddy, the Golden Retriever from the Air Bud movie franchise. This super talented, loyal and adorable dog has qualities that all dogs possess to some extent, and that’s probably the reason why it has become so popular. Your best buddy should be named Buddy for a reason. However, this name best fits Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers, but we could easily imagine a Saint Bernard or any such benevolent breed that could honor the name perfectly.