May 26th, 2008
I’ve always thought it’s a bad idea to hear dogs’ thoughts on TV or in the movies. They’re never thinking “I want more trace minerals in my diet” or “Give me crunchier biscuits” or even “Gee, I’d like to shake the hand of the guy who invented the Frisbee.” Whenever I’ve implanted electrodes in a dog’s brain, the readout is just too feeble to impute any thought pattern at all.
Still, if the writers of movies and ads want to hire actors to voice doggie thoughts, that’s fine. But I don’t want to see a dog’s lips move as if he was talking. Dogs don’t have much in the way of lips at all, so when the CGI technician makes the perimeter of a dog’s mouth move as though he were talking, it looks like the dog has a cleft palate.
Dogs growl, whine, and bark. And if they made the movies, that’s all we’d see and hear.