RED DOG (2011)
This superb Aussie all-ages crowd-pleaser gets everything right. The title character, a copper-hued kelpie who became a living legend in WA’s Pilbara region in the 1970s, is played by a remarkably expressive pooch named Koko. The adventures of the redoubtable Red Dog (and his hilarious nemesis, Red Cat) unfold as all ripping yarns should, with a sly wink and a steady hand. Go with this over the sequel every time.