Hotel for Dogs (2009) Poster


Many different types of dogs can be seen in the film: Lenny is a Bullmastiff, Georgia is a Boston Terrier, Cooper is a English Bulldog, Shep is a Border Collie, Romeo is a Chinese Crested Dog, Juliet is a Poodle and Henry is a Beauceron.
Nearly 70 dogs were used for the making of this motion picture, many of which were actually rescued from the pound. Several of them were adopted by crew members after filming wrapped.
It took a long time to teach the dogs to use the feeding machine. Indeed, the first dog in line had to learn not to throw himself onto the fifty bowls of food passing in front of him, and so on.
The novel upon which this movie is based was first published in 1971.
The actors found the film particularly challenging to shoot due to the dog trainers constantly jumping, whistling and shouting instructions to the dogs just outside the frame.
Most dogs were trained for two to three months, while the main dogs' training lasted nearly sixteen weeks. (about four month)
Mentioned in the behind the scenes features, Emma Roberts tripped and fell while shooting the escape from the shelter. She was run over and trampled by the dogs, but was unhurt, although she had paw prints all over her.
One of 3 movies in which Emma Roberts has co-starred with a female lead from the TV series Friends (1994). In Hotel for Dogs, she worked with Lisa Kudrow. She later worked with 'Courteney Cox' (qb) in Scream 4 (2011) and with Jennifer Aniston in We're the Millers (2013).
Special effects coordinator Michael Lantieri found the making of the ball-throwing machine particularly challenging due to the many settings that had to be calculated and adjusted, such as the ball's weight, the synchronization between the hand's movement and the moment when the ball is thrown, etc...
Nearly eighty boys auditioned for the role of Bruce before Jake T. Austin was chosen.
The first Nickelodeon film to not be co-produced with Paramount Pictures or one of its divisions. The film is instead co-produced with Paramount's partner DreamWorks.
Thor Freudenthal's feature directing debut. He was previously a frequent collaborator of Rob Minkoff.
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The birds flying past the camera from behind (at around 4 mins) were added digitally.
The first two dogs to be named (except Friday) are called Lennie and Georgia, which is similar to Lennie and George - the main characters in of Mice and Men.
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The setting of the movie takes place in CENTRAL CITY. Central City is the hometown of THE FLASH.
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