The unlikely duo Turner & Hooch start a new generation with a new sequel on Disney Plus that sees former teen star Josh Peck as the son of Tom Hanks’ character from the original film.
On a similar premise to the 1989 hit, Turner & Hooch sees buttoned-up U.S. Marshal Scott Turner Jr. inherit a recalcitrant dog similar to the one his father once worked with.
After initial hesitation, the two forge a close bond and effective working relationship, resolving cases, and discovering the truth about what happened to Turner Snr. happened closer.
Creating a 12-part television series is a bigger undertaking than a single feature film, with the team behind Turner & Hooch’s Incarnation 2021 enlisting the help of five dogs to make it happen.
Read on to find out all the details about Hooch in the Turner & Hooch series from Disney Plus.
What breed of dogs is Hooch in Turner and Hooch?
The dog in Turner & Hooch, both the 1989 original and 2021 successor, is a French mastiff, a muscular breed known for its strength that first gained popularity in the mid-19th century.
According to the American Kennel Club, a well behaved French Mastiff will be a “sweet and sensitive” one, but the website warns that if not properly trained at a young age, they can be “stubborn” or “dominate” their owners.
Stressing the importance of buying a French mastiff, also known as a Dogue de Bordeaux, from a responsible breeder, the PDSA estimates that the pet would cost around Â£ 17,000 (excluding purchase price) over its lifespan.
Unfortunately, French mastiffs don’t often live as long as certain other dog breeds, with Pets4Homes offering an average lifespan for the breed of five to six years because they are prone to heart disease.
Is the dog in Turner and Hooch real or is it CGI?
Make no mistake: Hooch is the real deal.
In the first film, the role was played by only one animal – the late Beasley the Dog – but the role is shared in the new version by five different French mastiffs, each with their own skills.
Arnie, Hammer, Opie, Cyd and Mimi are the names of the five canines in the series, which star Josh Peck gets to know very well during the course of the shoot.
â€œThey are all talented in their own way. Opie was our older statesman, an older dog, so he had a cool manner. Hammer pulled my arm out of his pan because it only had one speed and that was always ‘Rip Josh through the scene’, â€said the former Drake & Josh star of the New York Post.
â€œAnd then there was Mimi, our only bitch who was our super specialist. When we needed a dog to jump high, we called them. It was like a team – you called in your specialist. “
In another interview with Diversity, Peck praised the way real dogs on set give the scenes in Turner & Hooch a sense of authenticity and unpredictability that he was happy to embrace.
“Dogs force you to get out of your plan and out of your comfort zone, which is really great for a guy like me who likes to play his scenes in the shower the night before,” he explained.
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