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  Eight Below
by Mr. Ed
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.

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"When Ancient Man woke up he said,
'What is Wild Dog doing here?'
And Ancient Woman said,
'His name is not Wild Dog any more,
but First Friend,
because he will be our friend,
for always and always and always.'"


Rudyard Kipling




A doomed Antarctic Expedition

Man Leaves His Best Friend Behind

Can Eight Brave Canines Now Survive

In a Frigid Environment Not at All Kind


What can they possibly find to live on

Which will emerge as leader of the pack

Can they ever possibly trust mankind again

Will their former human master ever be back


To Me the Stars of this new Disney Movie

Are These Eight Canines and the Antarctic Scenery

Not Much Dialogue is Needed When Nature and Animals Star

And I Think This is a Movie Every Nature and Animal Lover Should See


Eight Below is the new Disney film about a team of eight loyal sled dogs left behind to fend for themselves in the extremely brutal Antarctic winter when their master and a visiting scientist must be evacuated from their research station before the arrival of an epic winter storm.


It’s a movie inspired by a real life 1957 doomed Japanese Antarctic expedition which did leave their dogs behind, and which was made into a 1983 Japanese movie called Nakyoku Monogatan (Antarctica).


The original 1983 movie was quite graphic in its portrayal of the extremely tragic plight of these loyal left behind canines, now forced to scavenge for their lives, in the most inhospitable environment on our planet.


In this new Disney version, let’s just say the film has been made a lot more ‘child friendly.’ And the true Antarctic winter in reality is almost completely pitch black twenty four hours a day, whereas most of this movie was filmed in bright sunlight.


But I guess Disney wanted to make a movie that everyone in the family could see and enjoy, and discuss afterwards; and in this regard, I believe they have succeeded.


I think this is a beneficial film for people of all ages since it highlights the ingenuity of animals, their compassion and loyalty to each other, and what our forlorn pets are often forced to endure when we abandon them.


Hundreds of dogs ‘auditioned’ for these eight movie slots – six Siberian Huskies and two Alaskan Malamutes – and I think the dogs in this movie are truly the stars, each with a truly unique and vibrant personality.


Native to Siberia, the Husky had been used for centuries by the Chukchi people in Siberia to pull sleds, herd reindeer, and perform watchdog functions.


The Alaskan Malamute is a Nordic dog, descended from the Arctic wolf.  Its name comes from Mahlemuits, an Alaskan Native American tribe that raised and cared for these beautiful dogs over 2,000 years ago. These canines were their only form of transportation and were highly valued by them.


I got to know several ‘left behind’ Huskies and Malamutes in our pet rescue efforts after Hurricane Katrina, and these two breeds are remarkably hardy and extremely intelligent .


This is also a movie definitely worth seeing on the Big Screen, to fully appreciate and take in the extremely foreign and inhospitable Antarctic landscape.


AD Author Leland Waldrip recently reviewed Eight Below in the AD Articles Section.  Check out what he had to say about this film.


And I recently posted my review of another Nature film – Grizzly Man, The Documentary, in the Articles Section.  If you’re as concerned as I am about the extremely sad plight of earth’s wild animals in our modern world today, in my opinion, this is a ‘must see’ movie as well.



©2006, Ed Kostro



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Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 2/28/2006
Ed, you're such a masterful writer when presenting your poems and informative facts about our animal friends. Your insight appreciation of our animal friends, touch my heart!
Reviewed by William Bonilla 2/27/2006
Thank You Ed
for another one of your great poems
and informative writes
Beautiful dogs in your picture

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 2/27/2006
Only if I can call them Johnny D, Brad P, Nick C, and Uncle Tom Cobbl - E an all... and if you promise to provide me with an adequate supply of Kleenex...
Reviewed by val salazar 2/26/2006
I just read call of the wild, for an english class I'm taking, the picture on this page reminds me of that book. I removed the olw picture thank you I have not had time to see if it all fits yet.
good work
Reviewed by Leland Waldrip 2/26/2006
A final nudge to any dog lovers out there and especially to you Ed, if you should happen back here. Break your rule and do the theater this once. You won't regret it. This is going to be so much better on the big screen than on the box. Take the tissues, but go on and enjoy this movie.
Best regards,
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/26/2006

i would like to see the movie, too, especially if they show the northern lights! LOL but SERIOUSLY, i love a good animal tale! very well done; bravo!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/26/2006

I can't wait to see this movie; I've heard nothing but positive reviews for the film. Like Sandie, like many here, I can't believe dogs would be left behind to fend for themselves in such brutal conditions...truly, many of our furry companions face this in every day life, abandonment. Well written poem with a powerful message. BRAVO!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 2/26/2006
It breaks my heart to learn that the dogs were left behind in pitch darkness. I can't imagine the despair and abandonment that went through the dog's mind.

Thank you for sharing this informative poem!

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 2/26/2006
Thank you for this informative write :-)
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 2/26/2006
A wonderful picture of great companions and an excellent write, thanks, we can't wait to see it either,
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 2/26/2006
I want to see this flick but will have to wait till it comes out on video, I don't do movie theaters...interesting write as always from you old bro', LOL, Ed
Reviewed by George Carroll 2/26/2006
The Rescuer has spoken and please take heed. That is one wonderful pic.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/26/2006
Thanks for sharing...have to see if I can watch the movie ...I guess it must be available!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 2/26/2006
Thanks for this information and for the continous update you always give us about strayed pets. Good to watch the film but unfortunately it will not reach here unless I go and reach it. Thanks again my friend
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 2/26/2006
excellent review, have been hesitant to see the film, now think i will
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 2/26/2006
I will probably go to this movie, though I rather imagine, like all other animal movies that I see, that I will miss much of it as I sit sobbing and trying to clear the tears from my eyes to see the screen. I wonder if those men would have left their children behind as easily as they left their dogs? I am guessing not, and yet our responsibiity for our animal family should be as much as it is for ourself and our human family. I really did enjoy this informative write, Ed.
Take care,
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/26/2006
I enjoyed your poem/review,and always am thanful for the info you give us. Wonderful piece Ed. I plan to see this movie too.great midi and pic!

Reviewed by Peter Paton 2/26/2006
Thanks for this informative piece on Eight Below Ed
Sounds like a must see movie for all us animal and nature lovers, and it surely epitomises the true grit and endurance of the beautiful and resourceful huskies and malamutes in this nightmarish and brutul environment of the Antartic !
I love that friendly and warm pic of the huskies and Kipling quote, and yes they are our first friends !

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