Animals

‘Animals’ Is More Pun-Heavy Indie Dramedy Than the Next ‘Bojack Horseman’

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A sweet, awkward beta male has trouble meeting girls. A sweet, awkward beta male has anxiety about his best friend outgrowing their relationship. A sweet, awkward beta male experiments with his sexuality. All three sound like standard plot lines of a certain kind of small-scale Sundance dramedy — the kind with tiny box office redeemed by an even tinier budget, a promising future as something to stream during a cozy night in, and a name like Swanberg or Duplass attached to it. And that’s exactly what Animals is, with just a few minor tweaks.
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Heartwarming Photo Booth Snapshots of Adorable Shelter Dogs

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Take a group of dogs aching for affection and a home to call their own. Add one photo booth and a professional photographer who loves animals. These adorable photos are the results. Guinnever Shuster worked with the pups at the Humane Society of Utah (which is also selling a 2016 calendar featuring different images) by capturing their personalities on camera. Thankfully, the dogs were all successfully adopted. Brace yourself for total cuteness in our gallery.
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Adorable Illustrations of a Cat’s Everyday Life

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Earlier this week, Thistle Magazine introduced us to an artist by the name of Julia d. whose adorable cat illustrations spoke to the feline fiends at Flavorwire HQ. A delightfully plump ginger pussycat is the subject of the artist’s fascination. She depicts the curious kitty in everyday situations — napping, rolling around, and begging for attention (only to sashay on by, we imagine). Cat lovers know what we’re talking about. See more of the artist’s “dreamy” ode to a kitty in our gallery.
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Stunning Close-Up Photos of the Natural World From ‘Animal Earth’

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In Animal Earth: The Amazing Diversity of Living Creatures, zoologist Ross Piper shares stunning photos of the animals who are the building blocks of our world. His photos capture a side of the animal kingdom we don’t see so often, and in this gorgeous book, we get new appreciation for the little guys and the microscopic specks of dust who are essential to the evolution of humanity and the earth. The book’s available March 20, but Thames and Hudson were kind enough to share an exclusive gallery of photos — click through for our favorites.
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The Celebrity Cats and Dogs of 2014

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It’s no secret that cats and dogs dominate the Internet (though cats would take issue with that statement). Throughout the year, adorable photos and heartwarming stories about feline fuzzballs and canine companions distracted us from the daily grind. They became celebrities. With the end of the year in sight, we felt it was only proper to give the most popular pussycats and pups their due. Here are some of the greatest cats and dogs that ruled our hearts in 2014. There is an endless supply of adorbs in the animal department, so be sure to mention any personal favorites, below.
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Striking Black-and-White Portraits of Sheep and Goats

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When it comes to portraits of animals, photographers usually know better than to try to get a cat to sit still for the camera. Most felines don’t have the patience, or paycheck, of Grumpy Cat. Dogs are a favorite subject for shutterbugs — from pups underwater and adorable pit bulls showing off the beauty of their breed, to dog beauty pageants and wet dogs mid-bath. But what about the rest of the animal kingdom?

Washington-based photographer Kevin Horan, who we learned about on Inspiration Now, has devoted attention to the goats and sheep on and around Whidbey Island — home to several farms, beautiful parks, and a nature reserve. Goats get a bad rep due to their association with Satanism. And those horns and horizontal pupils can be a little unnerving. But Horan reveals the humorous and majestic side of the goat and sheep. They’re all goofy grins, adorable beards, dramatic poses, and gorgeous manes.
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The Wolfen Book Covers of Jack London

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“He was sounding the deeps of his nature, and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the womb of Time,” wrote Jack London in his 1903 classic novel The Call of the Wild. The story centers on a dog named Buck who is sold off and shipped to the Klondike to be trained as a sled dog. The harsh conditions and treatment ignite his primitive, wolflike ways — and he becomes the story’s mythical hero. London’s 1906 novel White Fang finds a wolfdog on the journey to domesticity. The author’s experiences as a “hobo,” sailor, and journalist took him to faraway places — many which become the settings for his stories. “It was in the Klondike I found myself,” he wrote while reflecting on his days in the Yukon Territory. London always had a penchant for dogs and animals, and his cold-weather travels found him surrounded by them. The wolves and dogs of London’s stories made their way to the covers of his books, which we’ve collected in memory of the author.
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