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Thor Freudenthal might possibly be the most ironic person to direct the new family comedy Hotel for Dogs.

Thor Freudenthal might possibly be the most ironic person to direct the new family comedy Hotel for Dogs.

“I’m personally kind of a cat person but I found that putting a camera on a cat makes the cat look bored,” said the director while promoting the film recently in L.A. “Dogs are always participating in something, they’re so expressive and I think that’s why they’re great for the screen.”

There’s no disputing that argument. From Marley & Me to last year’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua, canines have never had such a presence in family-based entertainment. For Freudenthal, the reason became clear while making Hotel for Dogs, which opens in theatres this Friday.

“There’s this bond unlike any other bond between a dog and a human being,” said Freudenthal. “There’s that innocent quality to them that has no agenda but to please us or give love in a way.”

“It’s a common interest too,” added star Emma Roberts. “Even if two people are completely opposite, you can bond over (dogs).”

In the film, Roberts plays a foster child who, along with her brother (Jake T. Austin), discovers an abandoned hotel and transform it into a majestic home for all the homeless mutts they can manage. But that doesn’t mean things were especially friendly on-set. With more than 60 dogs running around, each with their own trainer, making Hotel for Dogs would be considered anything but domestic bliss. “We did have a couple of instances where we had a lot of them in one room and there was either a little fight breaking out or somebody got a little too hungry,” laughed Freudenthal.

 
 
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