Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dog of the Geek: Lassie!

lassieBreed: Collie

Original Appearances: 1940 novel “Lassie Come-Home”; 1943 movie based on the novel.

Other Appearances:
Assorted movies, TV shows, toys, etc.

Biography: The best-known version of Lassie has her living on a farm with a young male master; the most famous of these is Timmy, who apparently had a proclivity for being trapped in a well (okay, I know that's the standard joke... even though Timmy was never trapped in a well).

Powers: Lassie seems to be smarter than the average dog, showing cleverness beyond what would normally be expected. She also seems to have the ability to be able to communicate fairly clearly with the human families she's lived with.

Group Affiliation: Rescue Rangers (cartoon)

All the dogs playing Lassie are descended from Pal, who first played Lassie in the movies until 1951. Male dogs have always been used to portray Lassie. Lassie's Rescue Rangers was an animated series produced in 1973 by Filmation that had a pilot air as part of ABC's Saturday Superstar Movie.

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