Animal Rentals Blog


  1. POKEY AND SCARLET: WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

    February 15, 2015 by Animal Rentals

    Here is a list of the Strengths and Weaknesses of our candidates.  Notice how many of them are very similar to our human candidates.  Interesting. If you had to vote, who would you choose.  Please use the COMMENT Section

    WHO WOULD YOU VOTE FOR?

    “POKEY” THE PORCUPINE (Erethizon dorsatum) born March 30th, 2011

    Pokey is a home body who enjoys the quiet life.  He is a team player when working with his companions in Mindy’s Menagerie but once the work day is done, he retreats to his solitary lifestyle.

    STRENGTHS: Thrifty, Practical, Creative, Witty and Sharp.

    WEAKNESSES: Shy, Small Stature, a Loner and painfully Sarcastic.

    POKEY possesses a very pungent and disagreeable odor that is quite unpleasant, a result of either hereditary or just poor hygiene.  He also possesses a rather “prickly” attitude especially when he is upset, which makes his body shake resulting in more than one of his sharp quills to loosen and stick someone.  Not a great people pleaser.

    “SCARLET” THE BOA CONSTRICTOR (Constrictor constrictor) hatched in 1999

    Scarlet is a laid back and cautious reptile who knows her large size may be intimidating. Her seductive, come hither look makes her very popular in Mindy’s Menagerie where she considers herself to be an interactive and “hands-on” specimen.

    STRENGTHS: Quiet, Intelligent, Calculating, Stoic, Charming and an uncanny ability to adapt to change.

    WEAKNESSES: No arms or legs and a forked tongue make travel and communication difficult. Not someone you would want to dine with. She looks slimy and hugs too hard.

    SCARLET, while very approachable and personable, faces a very uphill battle.  She tends to lash out when cornered into situations she is not familiar with. She is tired of the insulting phrases “snake in the grass” and “lower than a snake’s belly.  She has had to live down the misconception that she was responsible for the debacle with Adam and Even in the Garden of Eden. (She said it was a porcupine who tempted Eve).


  2. “TAKE A SWIPE AT BREAST CANCER”

    February 10, 2015 by Animal Rentals

    DID YOU KNOW? Right after his participation in Woodstock, Illinois last week to celebrate Groundhog Day, Woodstock Willie traveled to Rockford, Illinois. Willie took part in the “Take A Swipe At Breast Cancer” where Illinois Bank and Trust presented a check to the Crusader Clinic for the Pink Ribbon Awareness Campaign. These fantastic people made a donation every time a customer used their “Pink Ribbon Debit/Credit Card”. ANIMAL RENTALS is proud to have participated in this worthy cause. PLEASE LIKE, SHARE, AND COMMENT


  3. TIME IS MONEY AND “GIA” THE SHELTIE COMES THRU!

    January 28, 2015 by Animal Rentals

     ANIMAL RENTALS has been the source for animal models   for photographers, modeling   agencies, booking agents and   production companies in search for the perfect animal to compliment products they are promoting.  Their clients are looking for well behaved     professional models because as they are  quick to say in the advertising circles, “Time is money”.  Calls are made to potential models followed by emails, interviews and auditions.  Some will make it, but many will receive a simple reply of  “Don’t call us. We’ll call you”.

    ANIMAL RENTALS contacted their friend “Denise” who has a well trained female Shetland Sheepdog named “Gia”, who would be used as a “prop” in a photo shoot involving a sofa protector.  The shot called for the little dog to sit still on a sofa.   This is very difficult for any animal to do as they are in a unfamiliar area with bright lights and strange people all around.   There was concern that this would be a lengthy shoot.

    On January 23rd, Denise walked into the studio with Gia.  They set the scene and took some “test” shots”. Satisfied with the results, the final photos were taken.  Before you could say “sofa protector” they had the picture they wanted. The job started at 10:15 and was completed at 10:35.

    This is just another reason why ANIMAL RENTALS is the professional’s choice for professional animal models.

    ANIMAL RENTALS is always looking for new talent.  Contact us at info@animalrentals.com if you have a pet that you feel could be the next super model.


  4. HOW DO THEY DO THAT?

    January 14, 2015 by Animal Rentals

    Ever wonder how animals are able to do the things they do in a movie or commercial?   Recently ANIMAL RENTALS was commissioned for a commercial involving a black cat running across an alley.  Sound easy? Remember, this was to be done at 11:00 pm on a very cold, wintry Chicago night in an alley at The Redhead Piano Bar on Ontario street.  Mobile dressing/hub trailers lined the street while a police car blocked the end of the alley to keep traffic out.  How would a cat possibly perform in this unfamiliar location and with all these distractions?

    Carol, a well known cat trainer, brought a team of 3 black cats; FLUFF, MUFF and RUFF.  They live indoors, but are trained to perform outside if necessary. Owing to the low temperature and for the safety of the cat, the shot had to be done quickly.  Trained to sit where they are placed, all three cats sat still allowing the crew to get the first shot of a cat sitting in an alley.  A short break followed, allowing Carol three minutes to rehearse the second shot.  MUFF was to run from one side of the alley to the other.  To do this, a carrier was set out of camera range where MUFF was needed to go.  Setting her down a couple of feet from the carrier, a command KENNEL was spoken and MUFF went into the carrier. Did you know that  cats can be trained to recognize words?  After a moment to praise and reward her performance, the process was repeated until the required length (12 feet) was reached.  MUFF was ready.

    With a call of  “Action”.  MUFF was placed at point A (the starting point) and her carrier placed across the alley at point B.  MUFF is trained to walk behind her trainer, but since  they wanted her running, Carol had to run through the camera shot so MUFF would follow her and run into her carrier.  Eight takes were filmed with MUFF performing flawlessly.  Satisfied that they had what they needed, the filming ended.  It was midnight.

    MUFF-FEMALE MOSTLY BLACK TORTOISE SHELL

    All three cats and our wonderful trainer Carol needed baths when they got home as they had soaked up a lot of dirty alley water.

    Great job everyone!

     


  5. “PURSE” THE ALLIGATOR–UP CLOSE & PERSONAL

    January 13, 2015 by Animal Rentals

     

     One of the more unique members of “Mindy’s
     Menagerie”  has to be “PURSE”.  PURSE is an American alligator who was hatched in 1987.  With a length of slightly over 5 feet, a body covered in armor and a mouth full of menacing teeth, PURSE comes across as a rather imposing figure.  Actually PURSE, as is his nature, is rather laid back and quiet.  Many people assume that he isn’t real until it is their turn to pose for a picture with this “prehistoric reptile”.   HELLO, REALITY!

    PURSE does not talk but we have an idea what he would say.  He would tell everyone that he loves being an animal ambassador and a member of  “Mindy’s Menagerie”.  He also loves his fellow companions but would caution them not to get too close.  After all, he IS an Alligator and though he may not particularly want to eat them, its hard to go against millions of years of natural instinct imprinted in his brain.  PURSE  He would say he loves his name.  It was much better than the original suggestion of calling him WALLET.

    We find our friend PURSE the Alligator to be mysterious and mellow. He is fierce looking but possesses a gentle nature which makes him the perfect addition to our exotic animal display and to our mission “to educate, entertain and foster caring for and the conservation of our world’s animal kingdom by offering people the extraordinary chance to personally interact with exotic animals”.


  6. ON THE SET WITH ANIMAL RENTALS!

    November 15, 2014 by Animal Rentals

    A call to ANIMAL RENTALS for a cute bunny to pose with a little girl for a national catalog was answered in a flash. Handler Barbara soon arrived at the studio with a number of potential “stars” accompanying her.  Each animal was inspected by the producer, director and photographer for temperament, color, size and a face that was “camera friendly”.  Once all were in agreement, the new “animal actor” was cleaned, groomed and “made up”.  She was introduced to her companion for the shoot, a professional child-model.  After a few moments to get acquainted, model and rabbit took their places on the set.  Here is the result.


  7. SUPERBOWL SUNDAY IS GROUNDHOG DAY!

    January 31, 2014 by Mindy the Monkey

    This year Superbowl Sunday falls on one of our favorite holidays here at Animal Rentals…Groundhog Day.  I’m so excited that we’ll get to find out whether a Seahawk can beat a Bronco on the same day that Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog tells us if Spring is coming soon or if we’ll have more wicked winter weather!

    February 2nd is also a pretty important day for us at Animal Rentals because my dad and his friend Scooter the groundhog starred in the movie “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray. Well, maybe my dad wasn’t the star, but he did get to be in the movie. You can see him holding up Scooter – who played the role of Punxsutawney Phil – to make his prediction in front of a big crowd of people in the town square.

    Groundhog Day is a really funny and very popular movie.  Dad says that most people don’t realize how much work goes into making a movie or a commercial or a television show.  For instance, dad and Scooter had to do their same scene over and over again so that the director could get many different angles and the best take. Dad says that even though it was a lot of work, it was also a lot of fun.

    I wasn’t in the Groundhog Day movie because it was filmed before I was even born.  And, I guess, because I am a monkey and not a groundhog.  But I am definitely still a star because have been in other commercial and print ads. Lots of my domestic and exotic animal friends are stars too, and dad has tons of experience providing animal actors for movies, television, commercials, print ads…even operas and magic shows and more!  You can see pictures of me and some of my animal actor friends working in the film and advertising business by clicking here.

    As far as the Superbowl…the discussion with all of my exotic animal friends here goes pretty much like this:

    “A Seahawk has a great big beak and sharp strong claws so it can beat a horse, of course!”

    “Yeah, but a Bronco is big and strong with a really powerful kick so it can definitely beat a bird!”

    I guess we will find out who is right this Sunday.  And by the way, did you know that Seahawk is another name for an Osprey and a Bronco is a horse?

     


  8. LIGHTS…CAMERA…ACTION!

    June 12, 2012 by Mindy the Monkey

    One of the coolest things my dad and I get to do is animal casting – finding just the right animals to appear in movies, television, print advertising and live theater.  Casting the right animal for the right part is a very important job that takes a lot of thought and planning.  Dad has been doing it for over 40 years, so he is really good at it.  I have only been doing it with him for a few years, but I am pretty good at it too!

    When a producer or director or talent agent or advertising agency needs an animal actor for their production, they call dad to talk about what kinds of animals they want and what they want the animals to do.  Sometimes the jobs are very simple and don’t require much acting skill, so dad can book the job right away.  But sometimes the jobs are very complicated and the animal actor has to perform a lot of different tricks, so the production company sends us a script to read.  Once we have read the script, we know exactly what each animal has to do and then we figure out who to cast for each role.

    It is a lot of fun to read a script for a movie or commercial or television show.  It’s not at all like reading a book, because there are all sorts of stage and camera directions mixed in with the dialogue and the story.  But you can definitely tell what the story is, and all the directions help you picture it in your mind really well.

    This week dad and I are reading the script for a new horror movie about evil spirits and bears.  It is really scary!  Sometimes I even have to close my eyes and hide my face when we get to a really terrifying scene.  I try not to let dad see me do that, though, because I want him to think that I am really brave, and not afraid of evil bears that might eat me.  After all, as an animal casting director I need to be brave and strong and smart!

    You can see lots of pictures of me and my animal actor friends working in different commercials, print ads and more by clicking here.

    What are some of your favorite animal actors?


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