Daily Archives: 08/03/2012

Man’s best Friend – Animal Idioms

It’s a dogs life, the cat that got the cream, having a whale of a time, a dark horse! These are just a few animal idioms you may have heard or probably will hear at some point.

Read the article below to see these idioms being used in a newspaper article context. This article is a journalists review of the new silent movie, THE ARTIST

Title: An Oscar’s Best Friend

The Artist was the top dog at this year’s Oscars. Well with a little help from a friend – man’s best friend to be precise. Uggie the Dog. Forget that there is no sound, the best actor and even look past the fact that it is in black and white, anyone who has seen this film ill know that the real reason to see it is because of its canine actor.

The Artisit is a great film as it proves that there is life in the old dog yet of black and white, silent films. Who would have thought that a films that pays homeage to the 1920’s would be so successful? But a big part of the fils success is because of Uggie. His charm and character oozer off the screen and everyone involved worled like a dog to get that film made, including Uggie himself.

Uggie is not the only animal to have to have had a big influence on the Oscars. Here are a few that people will probably remember:

1) The horse in War Horse, (2011). When it comes to serios war films, Spielberg does not horse around. This is no different, and the horse gives a powerful performance alongside the English actors. This film was also a dark horse at this year’s Oscars – but unfortunately it didn’t win anything.

2) The whale in Whale Rider, (2002) This New Zealand film touched alot of people  about a little girl having a whale of a time with her new aquatic friend, and the bond that connects them.

3) The pig in Babe (1995) This family-friendly film brought home the bacon  for the studios and was nominated because of its sweet talking piglet. He pretends to be a sheep-dog to save his bacon and makes a lot of talking animal friends along the way.

4) The shark in Jaws, (1975) Technically the shark was mechanical, as even Spielberg would have bitten off more than he could chew if he had used a real one. It was still a menacing and terrifying performance by the shark that still scares people today.

5) Milo the Jack Russell in the film, The Mask (1994), He was full of energy, charming to watch and a fresh face in Hollywood – Jim Carrey wasn’t bad either! Milo was outstanding in this and that lucky dog Jim Carrey owes much of his career to him.


To be Top Dog:  the most important or powerful person/thing in a group

Man’s Best Friend: – synonym = dog (This stems from dogs being known to be loyal to their owners)

There’s life in the old dog yet: Even though something is old – it/they are still good at something

To horse around: To have fun when maybe you should be serious

A dark Horse: Someone who unexpectedly might win something or be successful or have a talent that know one knew about.

To have a whale of a time: To  have a very enjoyable time

To bring home the bacon: to earn money/ to be successful

Save someone’s bacon: to escape from injury, harm, trouble etc

Bite off more than someone can chew: to take on something more than is possible

A lucky dog: A lucky person

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