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How did they fake the deaths of the cougar kitten and the wolf?


Would anyone know how they shot the scenes where the cougar kitten gets "killed" by the eagle and where the wolf gets "killed" by running off the edge of the cliff?
I saw the note at the end "no animals were harmed during the making of this film" the first time I saw it, but how exactly did they come up with the wolf and cougar doubles? I always had a feeling the directors used stuffed animals from a taxidermy store or something, but I'm not sure.

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Puppet and Robot stunt doubles. like was in Cats Vs. Dogs.

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The wolf was a little floppy when it fell down the cliff...easily could have been a dummy. Though I agree, many of the sequences were very real for this film.

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The wolf was a stuffed animal, I was shocked when I saw the flick years ago, "hey mom, they trow a plushie wolf!". The cougar was shockingly real thou.

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lookdook01 is a total and complete liar. There were strong regulations in effect at that time and those events never happened. I worked on the Benji movies as well as the Homeward Hound series and no animals were ever hurt. We used green screens, and props, There was a trained Hawk, but we had a prop that was later replaced with the omage of the kitten in the shot. The wolf was green screened and added after. Some people just like to start stuff and get that reaction of shock from people. This guy is a nutcase!

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I'm sure he was only joking...lighten up a little.

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> I'm sure he was only joking...lighten up a little. <

Or he could have just been an ass for the heck of it.

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I hate it when animals get snooty and won't come out of their trailers.

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Hey everyone, I wasn't lying. btw, this is Benji.

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Lookdook01 HAHAHA THAT WAS HILARIOUS

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I have a DVR and I recorded the movie in HD.

I then ran the scene where the cougar kitten gets snatched up.

When you run the scene frame by frame, you can tell that the bird has a stuffed animal in its claws. It is flying by so fast that it gives the illusion that it is a real kitten.

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I general this film must have been v awkward to make with lots of planning esp with the numerous camera angles and difficult locations
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As the wolf fell it was obviously a dummy, making it even more funny.

The kitten happened really quickly and was probably something made to look like a kitten which the hawk was trained to seize. Still very upsetting.

Benji fostered three blond kittens and one gray one. One of the blond ones was taken by the hawk. The mother cougar had one blond cub which was larger than Benji's cubs.

When Benji fought the cougar, the animals never came into contact but still filmed a great fight. When he fought the wolf, it looked like the wolf jumped onto or at least right over him. Incredible.

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