Film: Beverly Hills Chihuahua

"Beverly Hills Chihuahua"

RELEASE DATE: October 3, 2008

(Photo) © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved." Photo credit: Daniel Daza Left to right: Chloe and Papi

Chloe (voice of DREW BARRYMORE), a diamond-clad, bootie wearing Beverly Hills Chihuahua enjoys her luxurious lifestyle so much, she hardly notices Papi (voice of GEORGE LOPEZ), a hilarious Chihuahua who happens to be crazy for Chloe.

But when the most pampered pooch gets lost in Mexico with only a street-wise German Shepherd (voice of ANDY GARCIA) to help her find her way home, Papi heads south of the border—joining forces with a motley crew: three dogs (voices of PLÁCIDO DOMINGO, LUIS GUZMAN and EDDIE “PIOLIN” SOTELO), two humans (PIPER PERABO, MANOLO CARDONA), a sly rat (voice of CHEECH MARIN) and a nervous iguana (voice of PAUL RODRIGUEZ)—to rescue his true love.

CAST: Piper Perabo, Manolo Cardona, Eugenio Derbez and Jamie Lee Curtis, with the voices of Andy Garcia, Plácido Domingo, George Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Paul Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Luis Guzman, Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, and Drew Barrymore as the voice of Chloe

DIRECTOR: Raja Gosnell
screenplay by: Analisa LaBianco and Jeff Bushell
story by: Jeff Bushell
producers: David Hoberman, John Jacobs, Todd Lieberman
executive producer: Steve Nicolaides
GENRE: Comedy/Adventure

Film Notes:

The film features a truly international cast of dogs and a variety of breeds— Dobermans, German Shepherds, Chihuahuas, Poodles, Pugs, Chinese Cresteds, a French Bulldog, a St. Bernard, a Labrador, a Border Terrier, a Dachshund, a Boston Terrier, a Yorkie, a Beagle, a Dalmatian, a Border Collie, a Pomeranian, a Bichon and a Pekingese. Some were found at rescues in Los Angeles and Mexico— some were seasoned Hollywood dogs. Half of them understand Spanish, half of them understand English.

In addition to more than 200 dogs of various breeds, the film features appearances by many different types of animals, including snakes, pigeons, coyotes and a mountain lion, plus two virtual animals—a rat and an iguana.

“Rusco,” the Chihuahua tapped for head hound PAPI, was rescued from a shelter. It was his big ears and great expression that attracted the filmmakers to the part-Chihuahua, part-mutt mix. Rusco has since found a permanent home at his trainer’s seven-acre ranch outside of L.A. Today, he hangs out with his new canine brothers and sisters and awaits his next big Hollywood role.

Before bringing any pet into your family, be sure to learn about the breed and always consider adoption from a reputable shelter or rescue program.

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