What happened to these famous Movie animals?
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Throughout filming, Spielberg used fourteen different horses as Joey, the brave soldier colt. So that's fourteen different horse-tuxedos that Hugo Boss is going to have to make... But while our thespian War Horses are preparing for award show schmoozing, let's take a look at what some other famous movie animals got up to after filming wrapped...
Lassie - Lassie Come Home
The original Lassie (from 1943's 'Lassie Come Home'), Pal, was one of Hollywood's first four-legged greats (we're not counting Laurel & Hardy here). The luvvy Rough Collie retired in 1954 to a life of total luxury. We're talking specialist groomers, custom-made food... Pal even got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He fathered five puppies that went on to play Lassie themselves in movies and on TV before he died a peaceful ol' mutt in 1958.
Top dog... Lassie (Credit: REX)
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The pigs – Babe
Incredibly, there were 48 piglets used throughout the filming of 1995's porcine smash hit 'Babe', all of whom - you'll be glad to know - were spared that dreaded visit to the slaughterhouse. They lived their days out on various farms, without a sausage in sight. Which is the least they could do for the swines, considering they helped the movie make over $250m at the box office and snaffle seven Oscar nominations!
Hollywood Babe...the pig from Babe (Credit: REX)
Clyde - Any Which Way But Loose
Clyde the orang-utan from '70s Clint Eastwood curio 'Any Which Way But Loose' was allegedly beaten to death by his sometime trainer after filming finished. No charges were ever brought against the trainer, but rumour has it Clyde was secretly hit with a stick off the set to make him more docile and camera-friendly. A depressing Hollywood urban myth that will probably never be proven. Thankfully all films now using animals are now monitored extremely closely, with welfare absolutely paramount.