Have Movies Gone To The Dogs?

bob schieffer

Face The Nation anchor Bob Schieffer is CBS News' Chief Washington Correspondent.

I was looking at what's playing at the movies and it made me wonder: Are people getting tired of people?

Think about it. The summer's first hit was "Dr. Doolittle 2," an add-on to the old story about a doctor who can talk to animals. At least the ones who speak English.

Next came "Cats and Dogs," about a conspiracy of cats who are trying to take over the world only to be foiled by a secret army of dogs.

"Jurassic Park III" - yet another chapter in that story about dinosaurs - opened last week.

And now what must be the fourth or fifth version of "Planet of the Apes," which features Charlton Heston as an Old Monkey with mixed feelings about guns, includes the first interspecies kiss on the lips between a human and an ape played by Helena Bonham Carter.

Hey, I'd kiss an ape if she were Helena Bonham Carter.

Anyhow, I have no idea what caused all this. But in this age when our sports stars are spoiled, our elected officials fail to inspire and the corporate code for advancement is driven only by the bottom line, it's good we can look to animals as our role models. They are today's rarity: loving, loyal, hard-working and almost never duplicitous.

For the record, I have always admired Beagles.

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