The Corgi Sighting Database
Click me to go back to the contents page! CSDb Updated March 16, 2019

The Sons of Celluloid

All the entries where something moves on your TV or computer screen are here: movies, TV-series, videos, computer games…

Can't find what you are looking for? Check out The Place of Dead Trees section!


101 Dalmatians

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie

Year

1996

Country

USA

Directed by

Stephen Herek

Written by

Dodie Smith (novel), John Hughes (screenplay)

Company credits

Great Oaks Entertainment, Walt Disney Pictures (production), Buena Vista Pictures (distribution)

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Also starring

Glenn Close (Cruella De Vil), Jeff Daniels (Roger), Joely Richardson (Anita) etc.

Comments

Based on Dodie Smith's The Hundred And One Dalmatians, or possibly rather on the cartoon version Disney did back in the 1960s. Anyway, the plot goes something like this (from Internet Movie Database): "Fashion designer Anita and computer-game writer Roger meet, fall in love and marry along with their dalmations Perdita and Pongo. But the proud dogs' puppies are kidnapped by Anita's boss Cruella De Vil, who is stealing young dalmations to make the coat she has set her heart on. Enlisting the help of the British animal kingdom, Pongo and Perdita set out to find and rescue all ninety-nine pups from their fearsome captors, Jaspar and Horace". Family entertainment I believe... Personally, tried to watch this once but found myself unable to stomach the slapstick-and-pratfall formula. More knowledgeable persons have informed me that there's a brief glimpse of the Queen's Pembrokes in the "nighty bark" segment of the movie. This film also has a sequel titled, imaginatively enough, 102 Dalmatians.


101 Dalmatians II — Patch's London Adventure

Category

Movies, animated

Year

2002

Country

USA

Directed by

Jim Kammerud, Brian Smith

Written by

Garrett K. Schiff (story), Jim Kammerud (screenplay) etc.

Company credits

Walt Disney Pictures

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Lightning (voiced by Jason Alexander)

Also starring

Barry Bostwick (Thunderbolt's voice), Martin Short (Lars' voice), Bobby Lockwood (Patch's voice) etc.

Comments

In this sequel to the Di$ney animated classic 101 Dalmatians, the Corgi is in fact not the protagonist but the antagonist!

Just like the live action sequel to 101 Dalmatians i.e. 102 Dalmatians, this is not based on the sequel to the original Dalmatians book by Dodie Smith (The Starlight Barking).

Instead, as the title suggests, we follow the adventures of Patch, the feistiest of the original 99 pups, who "feels lost in a sea of spots and longs to be a one-of-a-kind wonderdog like his TV hero, Thunderbolt" (from Internet Movie Database). Thunderbolt's "trusty" sidekick, Lightning, schemes behind the TV star's tail and plots his downfall in order to become a star himself, but is of course foiled (as is Cruella DeVil) by Patch.

While it's obvious that a real Corgi would never stoop as low as Lightning (seriously!), I suppose we should really be gratefull that the Pem is displayed in a bad light (having seen what being portrayed in a Di$ney film can do to the wrong kind of popularity for a breed).

Links

http://disney.go.com/disneyvideos/animatedfilms/101dalmatians2/index.html


102 Dalmatians

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie

Year

2000

Country

USA

Directed by

Kevin Lima

Written by

Kristen Buckley et al.

Company credits

Cruella Productions, Walt Disney Pictures (production), Buena Vista International (distribution)

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Also starring

Glenn Close (Cruella 'Ella' De Vil), Gérard Depardieu (Jean-Pierre Le Pelt), Ioan Gruffudd (Kevin Sheperd) etc.

Comments

Sequel to the Disney movie 101 Dalmatians, but not based on the sequel of the original book by Dodie Smith (The Starlight Barking). There's a brief shot of some Corgi puppies (apparently the puppies of the Queen's Corgis from the previous movie) in the "nighty bark" segment.


2012

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie

Year

2009

Country

USA

Directed by

Roland Emmerich

Written by

Roland Emmerich & Harald Kloser

Produced by

Roland Emmerich, Ute Emmerich (executive producer), Larry J. Franco, Harald Kloser etc.

Company credits

Columbia Pictures, Centropolis Entertainment, Farewell Productions etc.

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Some of the Pembrokes of the Queen of Britain

Starring dogs

According to Beth Bakenhus, pembrokes from Bransuzi kennel in Victoria, BC (Canada) bred by Jill Ellis

Also starring

John Cusack (Jackson Curtis), Amanda Peet (Kate Curtis), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Adrian Helmsley), Thandie Newton (Laura Wilson)

Comments

Described in Internet Movie database as an "epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors", 2012 is the latests (as of the end of the year 2009) Roland Emmerich catastrophe/actioner blockbuster, and also the first really big budget movie to cash in on the year 2012 scare. It's not getting very good reviews but there's a minor corgi moment for people to enjoy (or not, as the case may be) with "Queen Elizabeth II attempting to wrangle a couple of corgis into a mankind-saving ark" to quote from Digital Spy review.

Links


Aaagh! It's the Mr. Hell Show!

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

TV-series, animated

Year

2001 (likely orginal air date of the corgi episode: 12/9/2001)

Country

United Kingdom/Canada

Corgi breed

Pembroke(?)

Also starring

Bob Monkhouse (Mr Hell), Jeff "Swampy" Marsh (Josh - The Reincarnation Guy)

Comments

An irreverent British/Canadian co-produced animated sketch show hosted by Mr Hell, a cartoon devil voiced by the comic legend Bob Monkhouse (who passed away in December 2003). Apparently there is at least one corgi in it somewhere, most likely a pembroke in the episode "Mr Hell Takes Buckingham Palace", which also features a Harry Potter send off.

Links

A summary of the show @ TV.com


About a Boy

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movies

Year

2002

Country

UK

Directed by

Chris Weitz

Written by

Nick Hornby (book), Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz

Company credits

StudioCanal, TriBeCa Productions, Working Title Films

Corgi breed

Cardigan

Starring role

Cardis seen in the title sequence of "Pet Resque"

Also starring

Hugh Grant (Will Freeman), Nicholas Hoult (Marcus Brewer), Sharon Small (Christine)

Comments

Ron Stewart writes on Corgi-L mailing list: "On the recommendation of a friend, my wife and I watched About a Boy [...] At 44:27, [Will Freeman] is watching an English tv show called Pet Rescue, and the opening credits had a couple of Cardi faces for just a few frames."

So it is indeed, as Ron also says, a miniscule sighting but a sighting nevertheless.

Links

About the movie @ WikiPedia


Accidental Tourist, The (2)

Category

Movies

Year

1988

Country

USA

Directed by

Lawrence Kasdan

Written by

Anne Tyler (book), Frank Galati, Lawrence Kasdan

Company credits

Warner Brothers (production & distribution), Industrial Light & Magic (fx)

Corgi breed

Cardigan

Starring dog

Bud, a Trilogy Cardigan from Chuck and Joyce Murray (possibly also an Aelwyd kennel Cardigan from Karen Harbert); Bud also appeared in Dave and Dharma & Greg. Bud's sire Abner was reportedly used as a "promo dog" for the film, but it seems he wasn't seen in the movie itself.

Starring role

Edward

Also starring

William Hurt (Macon), Kathleen Turner (Sarah), Geena Davis (Muriel)

Comments

From Internet Movie Database: "As the film opens, Macon and his wife Sarah are trying to come to grips with the bizarre, violent death of their twelve year-old son. Sarah leaves Macon and Macon meets the charmingly odd Muriel who trains Macon's dog, Edward, who is at least as traumatized by the son's death as are Macon and Sarah"


All Dogs Go To Heaven

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie, animated

Year

1989

Country

USA

Directed by

Don Bluth, Gary Goldman etc.

Written by

Don Bluth, Ken Cromar etc.

Company credits

Goldcrest Films, Ltd. & Sullivan Bluth Studios Ireland (production) etc.

Starring role

A Corgi briefly seen in the Casino scene

Also starring

Dom DeLuise (Itchy's voice), Burt Reynolds (Charlie B. Barkin's voice) etc.

Comments

This is an animated children's movie about "a dog [who] returns from the dead looking for revenge on his killer using an orphan girl who can talk to animals" (from Internet Movie Database). A Corgi is apparently seen in a Casino scene toward the begining of the film. He's trying to make a bet with an old collar instead of food as it's obviously supposed to. The Doberman tells him: "No markers, tail-pipe. Come back when you got some food". Oh the nerve (-;)


Austin Powers In Goldmember

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie

Year

2002

Country

USA

Directed by

Jay Roach

Written by

Mike Myers etc.

Company credits

New Line Cinema etc.

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

A tricolour pem belonging to Queen Elizabeth

Also starring

Mike Myers (Austin Powers/Dr. Evil/Goldmember/Fat Bastard), Beyoncé Knowles (Foxxy Cleopatra) etc.

Comments

One of Queen's pembrokes (not the real ones obviously) makes a brief appearance in the third instalment of the "toilet humour meets spy movie parody, with a firm emphasis on the former" comedy movie series. According to a Corgi-L posting, the sighting is "only about a 15 second shot. It's still neat though." I'd be willing to dispute 15 seconds, make it 5 tops — it's really one of those "blink and you miss it" type of things and certainly does not make it worth sitting through the rest of the movie. The Pem coul've at least humped Austin's leg or something so it would have had a real role in the movie (-;)


Bangarang

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Music video

Year

2012

Country

USA

Artist

Skrillex, Sirah (featured artist)

Video director

Tony T. Datis

Video producer

HK Corp

Track Length

3 minutes 41 seconds

Corgi breed

Cardigan

Starring role

Two Cardis seen very briefly watching the action

Comments

The plot of the official video for this song by the electronic artist Skrillex goes as follows: a gang of children raids an ice cream van and later, as young men, graduate into robbing an armoured car for money. At 23 seconds in for roughly two seconds, you can spot two Cardigans, probably one of each sex, presumably watching the gang going about their early life of crime from a gap in a fence, or possibly a wall. So it's an extremely minor sighting. I'll let you judge the quality of the track itself — and the rest of the video — for yourselves.

Links

Skrillex's official site


Blue Hawaii

Category

Movies

Year

1961

Country

USA

Directed by

Norman Taurog

Written by

Allan Weiss (story), Hal Kanter

Company credits

Paramount Pictures

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Also starring

Elvis Presley (Chad Gates), Joan Blackman (Maile Duval), Angela Lansbury (Sarah Lee Gates)

Comments

From Internet Movie Database: "There's quite a bit to like about this pleasant if unoriginal musical. Hawaii has never looked better before or since, showcased by beautiful, panoramic shots in this movie". Hey, they forgot to mention the Pembroke! Fortunately, Anita Nordlunde has been in a position to view this film and has come forth with the following information: "Pembroke corgi has a minor part in this movie. Elvis Presley presents his girl friend with a bikini and while she has a swim she looses the top and the gallant little corgi fetches a blouse and swims out to her!"


Boku wa imouto ni koi wo suru (2)

Alternative titles

I Love My Younger Sister
My Sister, My Love
Secret sweethearts - Kono koi wa himitsu

Category

Tv-series, animated

Year

2005

Country

Japan

Directed by

Mayumi Nishimoto

Written by

Doko Machida based on the original manga by AOKI Kotomi

Art direction

Mokoto Dobashi

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Yori

Also starring

Shotaro Morikubo (Yori Yuuki), Mai Nakahara (Iku Yuuki)

Comments

An anime miniseries or OVA based on AOKI Kotomi's manga by the same name. Deals with the same, controversial subject matter (see the linked entry), although obviously only with a part of the ongoing story.

Yori the Pembroke puts in an appearance although I can't vouch for how large a role he plays in the anime. It may also come as a surprise that although the art is generally rather realistic, Yori is portrayed in a highly stylized kawaii manner and looks quite chibi in comparision to humans.

There is also a live action version of the same story from 2007, but as far as I can tell there is no Corgi in it.

Links

Boku wa imouto ni koi wo suru @ CrunchyRoll


Celtic Monsters: Demons

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Tv-series

Year

2005

Country

United Kingdom, Ireland

Produced by

Dylan Huws, Neville Hughes

Company credits

Cwmni Da, Midas Productions

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Comments

From LocateTV.com: "The first programme [of the series Celtic Monsters] examines stories of demons. Using animation and live-action recreations, Blod Griffiths and Wyn Williams tell the tales of Devil's Bridge and Pwca'r Trwyn from Wales, and the Crom Dubh and Caorthannach from Ireland"

Seen in the Welsh bridge segment we have a starving old Pembroke (played by a not-at-all-starving and not-so-old dog) who gets rather ill used by her owner in a classic ploy to trick the Devil from taking his due. The appearance is pretty brief and unfortunately none of the other episodes of the show feature Corgis.

Note that while this show is (mostly) a documentary about folk beliefs, it touches on things some people in fact still do believe in. I present those people an apology for including this in a fiction database.


Corgi Catch

Category

Game

Subcategory

Computer game (Apple iOS 7.0 or later)

Game type

Vertical catching/puzzle 2D

Year

2015

Author

Reece Carolan

Country

USA(?)

Company credits

Vectre, LLC (production), Apple (publisher)

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Comments

This Apple platform game's objective is similar to that of the hoary old Kick: you must catch Pembrokes falling from the sky (or the top of the screen, if you prefer) while avoid snatching up any cats. Which makes total sense of course. Once you gain some in-game credits you can customize your Pembrokes with different looks.

Links

Game's site @Apple store


Corgi Conspiracy, The

Category

Movies

Year

1995

Country

USA(?)

Directed by

John K. Anderson

Written by

John K. Anderson

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Comments

According to a Corgi-L posting, "it's a mockumentary about an evil Nazi plot involving Corgis" (almost certainly Pembrokes, although I've not been able to check this out). This mockumentary was (first?) shown at Atlanta Film Festival.


Corgi Flop

Category

Game

Subcategory

Computer game (Apple iOS 8.1 or later)

Game type

Side-scrolling 2D

Year

2015 (first version), 2016 (1.2)

Author

Michael Kot

Country

USA(?)

Company credits

Apple (publisher)

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Pancakes, Huckleberry and Oliver

Comments

A classic style side-scroller game for Apple platforms. The game's shop site (see below) touts it as "the ultimate Corgi running game". Guide your Pembroke over a series of jetties to collect bones while dodging seagulls.

Links

Game's site @Apple store


Corgi Warlock

Category

Game

Subcategory

Computer game (Windows Vista & later)

Game type

Side-scrolling action adventure for 1 to 4 players, featuring co-operative and battle modes.

Year

2015 (year of realease)

Country

USA(?)

Company credits

Xander's Corgi Arcade (developer), Steam (publisher)

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Maia

Comments

According to game's site (see "Links" below), this game tells how "Maia, the great Corgi Warlock, sets out on a quest to defeat the Evil Bunny King and his army of undead, strange, and pointy-object wielding minions". This suitably cute and wacky-looking (given the subject matter) effort is created by a former PIXAR, Dreamworks, and Sony animator who used his own Pembroke Maia as an inspiration.

Links

Corgi Warlock @ Steam


Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no tobira

English titles

Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door (original English marketing title)
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (official US title)
Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door (DVD release full title)

Category

Movies, animated

Year

2001

Country

Japan

Directed by

Shinichirô Watanabe, Hiroyuki Okiura (opening scene only)

Written by

Hajime Yatate (story), Keiko Nobumoto

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Ein

Also starring

Kôichi Yamadera (Spike), Unshô Ishizuka (Jet), Megumi Hayashibara (Faye), Aoi Tada (Ed), Tsutomu Isobe (Vincent), Ai Kobayashi (Electra)

Comments

A full-length anime movie featuring the characters and universe of the anime TV-series Cowboy Bebop, including Ein the genetically engineered super-intelligent pembroke. The movie is in fact not really stand-alone, being more of an extented episode that goes before Brain Scratch in the series. And as in the series itself, Ein is regrettably little more than a comic relief, although he does have several scenes due to the sheer length of the film. Overall, the film isn't on par with the best episodes of the series and doesn't add anything significant to the story, so it's safe to pass on it unless you are a completist.

Links

http://www.cowboybebop.org/


Cowboy Bebop

Category

TV-series, animated

Year

1999

Country

Japan

Directed by

Shinichiro Watanabe

Written by

Akihiko Inari (screenplay) etc.

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Ein

Also starring

Koichi Yamadera (Spike Spiegel), Unsho Ishizuka (Jet Black), Megumi Hayashibara (Faye Valentine), Aoi Tada (Ed)

Comments

Appearing from (filmed) episode 2 on, Ein is 'an illegal data dog' and more intelligent than an average human. Which is only natural, as he's a corgi!

Even without Ein, this would be the best of the (admittetly rather few) anime TV-series I have seen. The 26 episodes provide stylistic, if somewhat parodic, sci-fi action with some depth and lots of humour that manages to be actually funny. Several of the most hilarious moments can be credited to Ein, who is in fact mostly there for comic relief and doesn't actually do anything much to qualify himself as exceptional. Ein is modeled after Cowboy Bebop's character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto's own welsh corgi.

Excerpt from EX anime e-zine: "The first broadcast episode begins with Spike Spiegel and Jet Black taking the mercenary ship Bebop to a planet in pursuit of a certain Abdul Hakim, who is wanted for the theft of an experiment sample from a laboratory. Imagine Spike's surprise when the much-coveted lab sample turns out to be a precocious Welsh corgi! Primarily interested in the bounty on Hakim's head, Spike is led on a wild-goose chase (or is that a wild-dog chase?) around town, only to lose Hakim to the police and end up with the corgi instead (much to the dismay of Spike, who does not seem to particularly like the dog). Adopting the crew of the Bebop as his new owners (rather than the other way around), the corgi becomes the mascot of the show".

A feature-lenght anime movie featuring the same characters, Tengoku no tobira (Knockin' On Heaven's Door), also exists.

Both the movie and the series are documented in various art books, see Future Blues website for details on these.

Links

http://www.cowboybebop.org/


Creature Comforts

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

TV-series, animated

Year

Sunday December 11, 2005 (original airdate of the most likely episode to feature corgis)

Country

United Kingdom

Written by

Nick Park (series creator)

Company Credits

Aardman Studios (production & realization)

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Pembrokes seen at the Buckingham Palace

Also starring

Voices of the British public

Comments

A claymation series from the Aardman Studios of the Wallace And Gromit fame, Creature Comforts was created by interviewing numerous different people in Britain on various subjects and then animating different animals to speak their lines. Having watched parts of this show I can recommend it in general for it has several delightful moments, but unfortunately I've missed the most important episode where, according to Karen Bender, there are "claymation Corgis! They had very upper class accents, of course. Unfortunately, one of the puppies lifted it's leg on a work of art, but otherwise they were charming." However, the most likely episode to catch the corgis is Monarchy Business (episode #20, the 2nd season finale). The fact that Corgis probably won't be on in the other episodes (they weren't on in season 1, for examples) relagates this to the "minor sighting" category.


Crown, The

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

TV-series

Year

2016

Country

United Kingdom, USA

Written by

Peter Morgan (series creator)

Company Credits

Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television (production), Netflix (distribution)

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring dogs

Emma + at least two others

Starring role

Honey, Sugar and Pippin

Also starring

Claire Foy (Queen Elizabeth II), Matt Smith (Prince Philip), John Lithgow (Winston Churchill)

Comments

This lavishly produced and much lauded 10-episode (so far) biopic of Queen Elizabeth II streaming on Netflix unsurprisingly has a few Corgi appearances in it. However, according to Pati Craven, they show up "like 3 times in the whole series" so this is definitely going in the minor sighting category. A second season is in the works so maybe they'll rack up more screen time in the future.

Links


Curious George

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

TV-series, animated

Episodes

Curious George, Dog Counter (part 1 of season 1, #11) and King Doggie (part 1 of season 2, #18)

Date

Semptember 18, 2006 (Curious George, Dog Counter); February 20, 2008 (King Doggie)

Country

USA

Written by

Margret and H.A. Rey (original books)

Company Credits

PBS

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Also starring

Frank Welker (George, voice of), Willam H. Macy (narrator)

Comments

This is an animated children's show about George, a very curious if not downright nousy African baby ape (probably a chimpanzee), being raised by the somewhat enigmatically (if descriptively) named Man in the Yellow Hat.

Rachel C. Pawson lets on that in the episode (half an episode really, since each episode in fact consists of two shorter adventures) Curious George, Dog Counter "George goes to a dog show and ends up luring the winning dogs home with a sandwich to show them, in their great variety, to the Man With the Yellow Hat. The dogs shown are fairly good depictions of real breeds, including, happily, a Pem (who is the one who finally sneaks in and nabs George's sandwich, making me think those writers were dog-savvy individuals indeed!)". She also recommends the show for having "a lot of underlying gentle lessons about math and science, and [not being] nearly as inane as most kids' shows".

At least some episodes of this show ran in a different order in Finland under the title Utelias Vili in 2009-2010, and while I missed the aforementioned episode I managed to catch a very brief appearance of a Pembroke in a later episode King Doggie where, at around 9 minutes in, it can be seen sitting on a park bench beside its presumable owner and even appears to be reading from his newpaper. It's very brief however and the Pem doesn't really do anything. So, even though the Corgi gets a fair bit of screentime in Curious George, Dog Counter, most of the episodes don't seem to have any sign of Corgis in them — hence the minor sighting status of this show as a whole.

Links


Darkest Hour

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie

Year

2017

Country

UK, USA

Directed by

Joe Wright

Written by

Anthony McCarten

Company credits

Perfect World Pictures, Working Title Films (production), Focus Features, Universal Pictures (distribution)

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

One of the Royal Corgis

Also starring

Gary Oldman (Winston Churchill), Kristin Scott Thomas (Clementine Churchill), Lily James (Elizabeth Layton), Ben Mendelsohn (King George VI)

Comments

This war drama film contains an extremely short Corgi sighting. See my indepth review here.

Links

About the movie @ IMDb


Dave

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie

Year

1993

Country

USA

Directed by

Ivan Reitman

Written by

Gary Ross

Company credits

Donner/Schuler-Donner Productions, Northern Lights Entertainment, Warner Bros. (producers)

Corgi breed

Cardigan

Starring role

Two Cardis belonging to the First Lady (of USA, that is)

Starring dogs

Brothers Bud and Cody, Trilogy Cardigans from Chuck and Joyce Murray — this has reportedly been verified by Mr. Murray himself. Another source however says the dogs were Bud and his grandsire Banner. Bud, a bona-fide Cardigan movie star also appeared in Accidental Tourist and Dharma & Greg.

Also starring

Kevin Kline (Dave Kovic/Bill Mitchell), Sigourney Weaver (Ellen Mitchell), Frank Langella (Bob Alexander)

Comments

From Internet Movie Database: "Dave spins a clever, funny, and sweetly sentimental tale about a man who is recruited to act as a presidential double only to find himself occupying the oval office when the real president is disabled by a stroke". A sentimental and romantic drama comedy with "liberal, left-wing sentiments" (left-wing in the USA context, of course). Not really my cup of tea, so I only have seen the last 15-20 minutes of it, which I didn't think much of. The Cardis are supposedly on in several scenes; at the very least, they appear at the begining of the movie, according to Linda Hutcheson: "The president gets off his helicopter leading two Cardigan Welsh Corgis".


Dharma & Greg

Category

TV-series

Year

1997

Country

USA

Company credits

20th Century Fox Television, 4 to 6 Foot Productions, Chuck Lorre Productions (producers)

Directed by

Amanda Bearse, Robert Berlinger etc.

Written by

Susan Beavers, Jenna Bruce etc.

Corgi breed

Cardigan

Starring role

Nunzio

Starring dogs

During the course of the series, Nunzio has been played by at least 3 dogs: in the 1st season by Bud (a real Cardi movie start apparently, also seen in Accidental Tourist and Dave), in 1998 by Aelwyd Tri'N'Stop Me (Butch) and on a later season by a Tricreek Cardigan Twiggy

Also starring

Jenna Elfman (Dharma Freedom Finklestein Montgomery), Thomas Gibson (Gregory Clifford Montgomery)

Comments

Nunzio is actually supposed to be the pet of the other dog, Stinky, in the title characters' family. The series itself is a not very noteworthy sitcom. Plus a frustratingly vaguely documented one, provided you want info on the dogs! The show has been cancelled I believe, so no new episodes are forthcoming, but of course you can probably still catch Nunzio in the inevitable re-runs.

Links

Wikipedia entry for the show


Diamond Geezer: A Royal Affair

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

TV-series

Year

2007

Country

United Kingdom

Aired on

ITV1

Written by

Caleb Ranson

Directed by

Paul Harrison

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring Dogs

Spencer (Jonloran Bee Gee), Frosty (Jonloran One and Only), Sybil (Jonloran Another Page), Bradly (Jonloran Snooty Fox) and Purdy (Jonloran Dolly Daydream)

Starring Role

various pems of the Queen Of Britain — no surprise there! — shepherded by a nervous footman

Also starring

Sir David Jason (Des), Stephen Wight (Phil), Jenny Agutter (Vanessa)

Comments

The original Diamond Geezer series was aired in March 2005 and introduced the dodgy criminal Des (portrayed by the popular veteran actor Sir David Jason) who, according to A2 Media Group article, "fooled his inmates and prison guards whilst committing the perfect crime". The series was succesfull enough to spawn a limited series of three 90-minute sequels, of which this is the first. The episode details Des's attempt to pull of the biggest heist of his career — the theft of the jewel India Star from Buckingham Palace!

Siri Alnaes sends an almost-inside scoop on the role of the Pembrokes: "The clue is that [Des] hides in a hedge, feet only to be seen and Spencer is to lift his leg and pee at his feet -– he did not do it only once, first one leg, then turned around and lifted the other. They had kept him in the crate for a while and put several treats around David Jason’s legs, so it worked out pretty good. All the time the footman yells at the dogs, saying they will cost him his job unless they come right away." Additional footage of the Corgis frolicking in the park was apparently shot, but you shouldn't expect to see much more than the pee scene in the actual show.

Links

A Royal Affair page on TV.com


Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

Category

TV-series

Year

2016

Country

USA

Company credits

UTMK Limited, Ideate Media etc. (production), BBC Worldwide (distribution)

Directed by

Dean Parisot etc.

Written by

Max Landis (series creator) etc.

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring dog

Bentley

Starring role

Rapunzel

Also starring

Samuel Barnett (Dirk Gently), Elijah Wood (Todd Brotzman), Fiona Dourif (Brat Curlish)

Comments

This TV series produced for BBC America is of course based on the late great Douglas Adams' book by the same name and its sequel, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. Similary described as a humoristic sci-fi mystery, the show's not a filmatisation of either book though, instead taking place after the first one. This also explains why they had space to include a Corgi and make him an important part of the plot to boot. You should be able to catch Rapunzel in all eight episodes filmed so far.

Links


Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

TV-series

Year

December 25, 2007 (original airdate of the episode)

Country

United Kingdom

Aired on

BBC2

Written by

Russell T. Davies

Directed by

James Strong

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring Role

Two pembrokes of the Queen Of Britain

Also starring

David Tennant (The Doctor), Kylie Minogue (Astrid Peth), Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott), Jessica Martin (voice of The Queen)

Comments

Doctor Who is the British equivalent of Star Trek in the sense of being a major science fiction franchise running for decades on end. Otherwise, the series don’t have too much in common, apart from both having way too much time travel for comfort. In Doctor Who it is rather the main plot device, in fact. The latest run started in 2005 after a long hiatus and is being produced by BBC Wales and ushered by the writer Russell T. Davies.

The episode Voyage of the Damned was the traditional Christmas special for 2007 and features a massive space ship called the Titanic on a collision course with Earth, more specifically London and most specifically with Buckingham Palace (I kid you not...). Sue R. Sudekum reports on the climatic "scene where the 'Queen Mum' was evacuating Buckingham Palace... and she ran down the stairs (in a pink bathrobe and pink fuzzy slippers), carrying a big red Pemmie with another one running beside her! There was another aerial shot of her running from the building with the Corgis romping around, and barks could be heard, brave Corgi folk, barking at the impending doom of the Planet!"

As usual, the Doctor (who, despite looking like a somewhat eccentric human, is in fact a time-traveling 900-year-old alien) saves the day in the end so you need not worry for the Corgis...

Links

Voyage of the Damned page on TV.com


Dog's Purpose, A

Category

Movies

Year

2017

Country

USA

Produced by

Gavin Polone

Screenplay by

W. Bruce Cameron, Cathryn Michon, Audrey Wells etc.

Directed by

Lasse Hallström

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring Role

Tino

Also starring

Josh Gad (the voice of Tino), Dennis Quaid (adult Ethan), Peggy Lipton (adult Hannah), Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Maya), Pooch Hall (Al)

Comments

This drama comedy from the generally appreciated director Lasse Hallström has received rather negative reviews. My own slightly more positive than average one can be found here. This is a somewhat marginal "major sighting" since the Corgi is on only for about 10 or so minutes, but being biased I do feel those are the best 10 minutes in the movie, so... Unfortunately I have been unable to find out the names of the dogs that played the part of Tino the Corgi at various stages of his life.

Note that while the movie is based on W. Bruce Cameron's bestselling novel by the same name, the book doesn't feature a Corgi. Also note that while the movie gained some notoriety and calls for boygotting due to allegations of dog abuse during the filming, a third-party investigation eventually cleared the production team of suspicion thereof.

Links


Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead

Category

Movies

Year

1991

Country

USA

Directed by

Stephen Herek

Written by

Neil Landau, Tara Ison

Company credits

Warner Brothers (distrubution), Cinema Plus, HBO etc. (production)

Corgi breed

Cardigan

Starring role

Elvis

Starring dog

a black-headed tricolor

Also starring

Christina Applegate (Sue Ellen 'Swell' Crandell), Joanna Cassidy (Rose Lindsey)

Comments

From Internet Movie Database: "Totally unbelievable, but dumb, harmless fun nonetheless..." Apparently a vehicle comedy written for Christina Applegate in the vein of 1980's teen comedy flicks. Not much known about the role of the Cardi, apparently. One person even insisted it's not a Cardi but a Pem instead (which it isn't), so one would assume it's not on in all that many scenes since it's usually rather easy to tell the two apart on closer scrutiny.


Duke, The

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie

Year

1999

Country

Canada, United Kingdom

Directed by

Philip Spink

Written by

Craig Detweiler, Anne Vince etc.

Company credits

Keystone Pictures

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring dog

Ch. Myrtlehill's Guided By Love AM. Can. C.D.

Also starring

Winnie Cooper (Dr. Smythe), James Doohan (Clive Chives)

Comments

From Yvon Savoie: "While not the STAR, don't forget The Duke a cute doggy type movie in which our Susan [...] has a role". Apparently, the story is actually about a Coonhound that becomes a duke. A film for the whole family, with Scotty from Star Trek starring as a bonus.


En face

Category

Movies

Year

2000

Country

France

Directed by

Mathias Ledoux

Written by

Valérie Guignabodet

Company credits

Cinémane Films, Groupe Carrère, M6 Films

Corgi breed

Cardigan

Starring role

A Cardi that gets poisoned and dies early in the film

Also starring

Jean-Hugues Anglade (Jean), Clotilde Courau (Michelle), Christine Boisson (Clémence)

Comments

An odd French thriller where — according to Internet Movie Database — "a young couple find themselves left a large town house across the street by the old man who lived there. The only catch is that the current housemaid must be kept on for as long as she wants. However once their in the house not only is the housemaid clearly unhappy about the will but other facts from both Jean and Michelle's past come out". The jury is apparently out on the subject of the arty ending being the saving grace or the killing blow for this particular film. Anyway, Anita Nordlunde reports that "a Cardigan Corgi has a minor role [in the film]. I don't remember what it is about but the dog dies, I believe he is poisened, after the first third of the film". Also worth noting is that there's another French film, albeit a short, from 2000 titled En face (directed by Mehdi Ben Attia and Zina Modiano) that has nothing to do with Corgis.


Flushed Away

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie, animated

Year

2006

Country

United Kingdom / USA

Written by

Sam Fell, Peter Lord etc.

Directed by

David Bowers and Sam Fell

Company Credits

DreamWorks Animation (production), Aardman Features (production & realization)

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

A pair of ceramic corgis in the Toad's assortment of Royal collectibles

Also starring

Hugh Jackman (voice of Roddy), Kate Winslet (voice of Rita), Ian McKellen (voice of the Toad), Jean Reno (voice of le Frog)

Comments

Another claymation movie co-produced by Aardman Features (renowned as company that brought us Wallace and Gromit) and DreamWorks Animation (the companies earlier collaborated on Chicken Run), Flushed Away is a children's story (or one for the whole family, if you prefer) about Roddy, a pet rat who gets literally flushed down the toilet and ends up in a London sewer where he has to learn to survive. One of the characters he meets is the Toad who has a room full of Royal collectibles, including two ceramic Corgi statuettes (done in claymation as the rest of the movie, of course).

So it’s a downright miniscule sighting, but I hear the movie is quite good otherwise. Leo A. Notenboom writes: "Fun movie, but watch for the Corgis. I think they even survive the destruction that befalls much of the contents of that room."

Links

Official site


Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie

Year

2006

Country

United Kingdom / USA

Written by

Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow, based on the comic strip by Jim Davis

Directed by

Tim Hill

Company Credits

Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation (production), Rhythm and Hues (Garfield animation)

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

A pair of (presumably) the Queen’s corgis

Also starring

Breckin Meyer (Jon Arbuckle), Jennifer Love Hewitt (Liz), Billy Connolly (Lord Dargis), Bill Murray (voice of Garfield)

Comments

Garfield has managed to devolve over the years from a reasonably funny dailies comic strip into something that is actually better without the titular fat cat character (see Links below...). This has not stopped the enterprising producers from making two Garfield movies (that I know of). While I’ve not heard a lot of good things about either the first or this the second installment, at least this one does have a brief shot of Corgis. Writes Joleen Miller: "[T]wo Pembrokes can be seen leaving Buckingham Palace in a carriage". The main plot is about Garfield and his canine sidekick Odie following their owner, Jon Arbuckle, to England where Garfield is mistaken for a look-alike regal cat who has inherited a castle that the villainous Lord Dargis wants to turn into a resort. Much hilarity ensues, I'm certain.

Links


Happy and Glorious

Category

Movie (short)

Year

2012

Country

UK

Directed by

Danny Boyle

Company Credits

BBC Drama Production

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Two Pembrokes of Queen Elisabeth II

Starring dogs

Two Pembrokes of Queen Elisabeth II

Also starring

Queen Elisabeth II (as herself), Daniel Craig (James Bond)

Comments

The best bit of the 2012 Olympics is this opening short film where James Bond arrives to take the Queen of Britain to the opening ceremonies. Two of The Queen's Pembrokes have a reasonably prominent role (large enough considering the entire length of the piece to merit a "major sighting" status) and their antics even make Bond smile a little at one point! You can watch the entire thing (it's clearly less than 10 minutes long and well worth the time) through the Youtube link below.

Links


Haunted History: Haunted Ships

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Tv-series

Year

1996 (probable original air year of the episode)

Country

USA

Produced by

Melanie Switzer-Reilly, Ronnie Krokdal, Steven D. Smith

Company credits

Greystone Communications (production), History Channel (distribution)

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Also starring

Bill Leaman (Captain John Oldham)

Comments

From Allmovie.com: "[Haunted History] from the History Channel takes the viewer to see firsthand the locations throughout the world where the undead are said to still roam". The specific episode, Haunted Ships, deals with obvious subject matter as well as provides at least a brief Corgi sighting.

Writes Patricia L. Olson: "The tail end of the show had what looked like an old sea dog of a captain on it and his dog. [...] It was a male Pembroke that was red and white and a bit on the large bone side. The captain said some closing words, then pick up his Corgi buddy, snuggled him some and with a few more words, turned and walked done a wooden dock towards the sea. With their backs to the camera, the two faded out of sight as if they were ghosts themselves. The captain still carrying his Pemmie boy."

Note that while this is touted as documentary series, my personal incredulity says the subject matter makes it more about fiction than fact. Hence the inclusion here, with an apology to those who might be offended.

Links

Haunted San Diego Blog has a rundown of the episode content


Hawaii Five-o

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

TV-series

Year

1970 (original airing year of the episode with the corgi)

Country

USA

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Also starring

Jack Lord (detective Steve McGarrett), James MacArthur (detective Danny Williams)

Comments

Hawaii Five-o, created by Leonard Freeman, was for quite a while the longest running police drama ("cop show") in the US television history, scoring an astounding 13 seasons on CBS-TV from 1968-1980. People outside of USA probably remember the series' name primarily due to the often covered main theme composed by Morton Stevens though. Be that as it may, when a show runs for as long as Hawaii Five-o did, it would be a small wonder if there wasn't a Corgi in it somewhere. And lo and behold, there is: more precisely, a Pem makes a brief appearance in the episode "Three Dead Cows at Makapuu: Part 2" (episode #2.24), originally aired on 4 March 1970.


Hocus Pocus

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie

Year

1993

Country

USA

Directed by

Kenny Ortega

Written by

David Kirschner (story), Mick Garris etc.

Company credits

Walt Disney Pictures (production)

Corgi breed

Mix

Also starring

Bette Midler (Winifred 'Winnie' Sanderson), Sarah Jessica Parker (Sarah Sanderson), Kathy Najimy (Mary Sanderson)

Comments

From Internet Movie Database: "More than 300 years ago, 3 witches were sentenced to die in Salem, Massachusetts and a boy was turned into a cat". A Halloween horror comedy for the whole family, apparently. Haven't seen this one, but since everybody on the IMDb is just going on about the said cat, I'm assuming the Corgi mix here would be a bit player...


Hot Shots

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie

Year

1991

Country

USA

Directed by

Jim Abrahams

Written by

Jim Abrahams & Pat Proft

Company credits

20th Century Fox

Corgi breed

Cardigan

Starring role

A Cardigan briefly seen chasing a jet fighter

Also starring

Charlie Sheen (Lt. Topper Harley), Cary Elwes (Lt. Kent Gregory), Valeria Golino (Ramada Thompson), Lloyd Bridges (Adm. Thomas 'Tug' Benson)

Comments

From Internet Movie Database: "Topper Harley, a top gun fighter pilot, is recalled to serve on the SS Essess. Topper's mission is to destroy Saddam Hussein's nuclear plants. Unfortunately, Topper is psychologically imbalanced and is sure to crack under pressure". Although the movie has some entertaining gags, with the war in Iraq stretching on (at the time of writing) the subject matter is perhaps not the most tasteful, and is getting a bit out of date as well. Politics aside, this movie most definitely has a Corgi in it: like Duncan Stone says, there is "a scene where the jet squadron was taking off from [the] aircraft carrier and one of the planes was chased by a Corgi". A Cardigan sighting for those who love those blink-and-you-miss-it movie moments.


Hustle

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

TV-series

Year

Friday April 7, 2006 (original air date of the episode with corgis)

Country

United Kingdom

Directed by

Bharat Nalluri, Minkie Spiro etc.

Written by

Tony Jordan etc.

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Two pembrokes seen at the gravesite at the end of the show

Also starring

Adrian Lester (Mickey Bricks Stone), Jaime Murray (Stacie Monroe), Robert Glenister (Ash Morgan), Marc Warren (Danny Blue), Robert Vaughn (Albert Stroller)

Comments

According to TV.com, "Hustle follows the fortunes of a gang of five expert con artists let loose on the streets of London. They are specialists in the way of the grifter and all are keen to liberate cash from the amoral and undeserving." In the episode 5 of season 3, the antiheroes of the series concoct their most ambitious con yet. Ida Duplechin reports that the premise of it is that "Queen Mother Elizabeth had actually died in 1941 and an imposter had been recruited to play the part all of these years." Ante is upped midgame — as is usual for the show — when "through the twists and [turns] of the con as played out on a rather nasty tabloid editor, the Royal Security do get involved because they don't like the editor either." Finally, "the editor is exposed as a liar; the other tabloid gets the story of him being a liar and the con artists collect money all the way around. HOWEVER, the last scene is set in a graveyard at the site of the woman who had supposedly been the imposter and UNMISTAKABLY there was the impeccably dressed back of a woman in a sensible tweed coat with sensible shoes and 2 beautiful Pems on leashes visiting the grave." So, was it a just a con after all? This is left for the viewer to decide.

The Database Keeper’s Note: I just recently had the chance to watch this episode on Finnish television and somewhat to my surprise it didn’t include the aforementioned final scene with the Corgis. If it was described as something of a "blink-and-you-miss-it", I’d accept the possibility I did (blink, that is), but I don’t think I could’ve missed an entire scene (especially one I was rather looking forward to). Also, as the plot was otherwise extremely close to the described, there's really not too much of a chance of the one I watched being a different episode. Presumably there could be two (or even more) different cuts of it though (possibly a longer one on DVD or something of that sort), so I’m not ditching this entry quite yet (there is also in fact a mention made of the Corgis — in all of a single sentence — but they don’t make an appearance). Further confirmations would be appreciated.


In Her Shoes

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie

Year

2005

Country

USA

Directed by

Curtis Hanson

Written by

Jennifer Weiner (novel), Susannah Grant (screenplay)

Company credits

In Her Shoes c/o The Lot, Scott Free Productions, Deuce Three Productions, Fox 2000 Pictures (production)

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring dog

Abby

Starring role

A pembroke seen in two dog walking scenes

Also starring

Cameron Diaz (Maggie Feller), Toni Collette (Rose Feller), Shirley MacLaine (Ella Hirsch)

Comments

This drama contains a brief scene featuring a Corgi, who happens to be Celeste and Jim Fleming's pembroke Abby. Celeste writes: "our 12 year old daughter used to be a member of a 4-H dog club. Her leader has been breeding dogs for years (currently Irish Setters) and [is] very involved in the 'dog world'. She knew the owner of Animal Actors and he contacted her looking for dogs for this film. He met Abby and some other dogs from the group, liked them, and the rest is history! We live in NJ, and the dog walking scenes are all filmed in Philadelphia, so that's why he was looking locally for the dogs".

Having recently had the chance to see this movie on Finnish television, I deem it adequately competent work (judged against what little I know of the genre). Even Cameron Diaz gets a chance to actually act, in addition to providing eye candy, and doesn't appear to be doing too badly either. Abby is on in two scenes, or rather one scene and a brief insert, for about 15 seconds of total screen time, so it's not a movie big on Corgi content. We do get a nice shot of her face tho.

For an independend review of this title, check out what Ann Stephani has to say


Infinity Train

Category

TV-series, animated

Year

2016

Country

USA

Directed by

Nick Cross (art), Randy Myers (animation)

Written by

Owen Dennis

Company credits

Cartoon Network Studios

Corgi breed

Cardigan and Pembroke

Starring role

King Atticus (and several of his Corgi subjects)

Also starring

Ernie Hudson (the voice of Atticus), Ashley Johnson (the Voice of Tulip), Jeremy Crutchley, Owen Dennis

Comments

In this the pilot episode of an animated TV series, we are introduced to our protagonist Tulip, a sensible and bookish girl inexplicably caught on a paradoxial train of possibly infinite number of cars with unpredictable contents and internal dimensions: some of the cars even encompass vast landscapes (they are bigger on the inside...), such as the entire kingdom of Corginia. Tulip agrees to help the ruler thereof, Atticus ("uniter of the Cardigans and the Pembrokes") to solve some threatening problems in exchange for getting shown the way to the next car and, hopefully, enventually back home.

As mentioned, this entry currently only pertains to the pilot episode for a proposed animated TV show which is slated to start on Cartoon Network in 2019. The entire series may not involve Corgis but Owen Dennis does appear familiar with their behavioral quirks so they might well crop up...

Links


Irtiottoja

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

TV-series

Year

2003

Country

Finland

Directed by

Aku Louhimies

Written by

Paavo Westerberg, Mikko Kouki

Company credits

Nelonen

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

The Pembroke of the taxi driver's mother

Also starring

Susanna Mikkonen (Hanna), Janne Virtanen (Veli-Matti), Samuli Edelmann (Eero), Vera Kiiskinen (Emmi)

Comments

A Finnish drama series originally shown on the Nelonen channel between September 29 and December 15, 2003 has some minor corgi content: the taxi driver Veli-Matti's mother has "an adorable Pembroke".

Och samma på Finska:

Kotimaisessa draama/komediasarjassa Irtiottaja voi Corgisti-foorumilta löytyvän postituksen mukaan bongata taksikuski Veli-Matin äidin "ihkun pemun". Itseltäni sarja on valitettavasti jäänyt näkemättä, eikä sitä ilmeisesti lähiaikoina olla uusimassa, mutten usko Pembroken olevan kovin keskeisessä roolissa... Sarja on tosin julkaistu myös DVD:llä, joten saatan yrittää jossain vaiheessa löytää ja sen tarkistaa asian.

Links


Johnny English

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie

Year

2003

Country

United Kingdom

Directed by

Peter Howitt

Written by

Neal Purvis, Robert Wade & William Davies

Company credits

Rogue Male Films Ltd., Working Title Films (production)

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

A Pembroke belonging to the Queen of Britain

Also starring

Rowan Atkinson (Johnny English), Tasha de Vasconcelos (Countess Alexandra), John Malkovich (Pascal Sauvage) etc.

Comments

Another James Bond spoof, this time starring Rowan Atkinson as the titular secret agent who must save Britain after all the other agents are killed in a bombing. It probably comes as no surprise that English is quite inept at this task and the criminals run rings around him for the best part of the movie. One of the bad guy Pascal Sauvage's goons even gets to the Queen and in a quite crucial scene threatens to shoot one of her beloved Pembrokes. Says Laura Weiner, "[the Corgi] looked to be a young one, as he could hold it tucked under one arm". Overall, a mildly entertaining effort, even if the Corgi content is low.


King Ralph

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie

Year

1991

Country

USA

Directed by

David S. Ward

Written by

Emlyn Williams (novel), David S. Ward (screenplay)

Company credits

JBRO, Mirage, Universal Pictures (production)

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Also starring

John Goodman (Ralph), Peter O'Toole (Willingham), John Hurt (Graves)

Comments

A much-maligned (deservedly IMHO) "fish-out-of-water" comedy featuring such endearing things as the Finnish royal family, among other silly but not very funny stuff. From a Corgi-L posting: "the movie King Ralph has a quick shot of Corgis". No surprise there, since this "John Goodman & al. waste their talents" film deals with a scenario where "an accident obliterates the British royal family and most of its branches [and] a desperate geneological search discovers the next king: Ralph, a sleazy American lounge singer" [Internet Movie Database]. Having now watched this twice (oh the madness!), paying special attention to catching Corgis the second time around, I can now vouch for Jean Gordon's report on them: "There is one scene where [Ralph is] on the lawn of one of the castles, surrounded by at least 6 Pems. He throws a frisbee and some of them watch it and some ignore it but none chase it! Just a vignette, but still a thrill!" The scene is about 5 seconds long at about 41 or so minutes in, and indeed it's among the funniest moments of the entire yarn. Which is not saying a lot in this case.


King's Speech, The

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie

Year

2010

Directed by

Tom Hooper

Written by

David Seidler

Company credits

Bedlam Productions

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring dogs

Ella, Carina and Laila

Starring role

Various pembrokes of the Queen of Britain

Also starring

Colin Firth (King George VI), Geoffrey Rush (Lionel Logue), Helena Bonham Carter (Queen Elizabeth)

Comments

This historical drama about "King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it" (to quote from Internet Movie Database) harvested — as predicted by many — like a pirate at Oscars in 2011, taking the best movie, the best direction, the best screenplay and the best leading actor. No mentions went to the almost equally predictable (given the subject matter, obviously) appearances of Pembrokes however, so it falls to CSDb to correct this oversight.

Karen Segboer informs us that the Corgis make an appearance at the very start and and also at the end: when the King is walking to the microphone through the crowd, one of them even barks as he passes.

Meanwhile, Anita Nordlunde has been informed by the former secretary of the Welsh Corgi League Diana King that the "Corgis belong to Maria Carter who mainly does obedience with her Corgis. She lives in Cheltenham, England and her affix is is 'De Cesare'". As of Summer 2011, her site also contains Ms. Carter's article originally published in Welsh Corgi League's newletter Our Corgi World on the starring dogs and the filming, see links below.

Links

Official site of the movie
Colin, the King and I - Maria Carter writes about the filming of The King's Speech


Kuutamosonaatti

English title

The Moonlight Sonata

Category

Movies

Year

1988

Country

Finland

Directed by

Olli Soinio

Written by

Olli Soinio

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Eppa

Also starring

Tiina Björkman (Anni Stark), Kari Sorvali (Arvo Kyyrölä), Mikko Kivinen (Sulo Kyyrölä) etc.

Comments

A rarity here, a Finnish "horror movie" from the 1980's.

Here's a plot summary from IMDb: "A female fashion model [...] takes leave from the fashion business and goes to Finland's Lappland [...] for a vacation. Little does she know that there's a totally lunatic bunch of local hillbillies living in a nearby farmhouse. The plot thickens as one of the residents begins to harass Anni, who is left alone in the wilderness with only her dog to protect her. Too bad for her that her dog turns out to have divided loyalties..."

I finally managed to catch this on tv, almost 20 years after it came out and it's pretty obvious that they didn't go to Lappland. Otherwise, the above summary is about right. The movie itself is, well, not very good. I think the film might have worked better if the production team had made up their mind as to if they wanted an actually scary movie or a Finnish version of The League of Gentlemen. The Pembroke Eppa does get a fair amount of screen time though so the film is worth watching for Corgi sighting enthusiasts.

Och samma på Finska:

Olli Soinion ns. kauhuelokuva kultaiselta 1980-luvulta. Onnistuin lopulta näkemään tämän lähes 20 vuotta elokuvan valmistumisen jälkeen YLE 1:ltä 8.12.2006.

Pari sanaa juonesta. Burnoutintapaisesta kärsivä malli Anni Stark viedään pakkolomalle "maakuntiin" ja jätetään hiihtomajalle seuranaan vain Eppa-pembrokensa. Epätavallisen pahasti maalaisjuntahtavan Kyyrölän perheen enemmän homo sapiensia muistuttava poika Arvo iskee silmänsä maailmannaiseen. Samaan aikaan myös hänen jättimäinen, jälkeenjäänyt ja tavallisesti maakellarissa lukkojen takana pidettävä veljensä Sulo on päässyt vapaaksi...

Niin. Eihän se nyt ollut, tuota, kovin kummoinen elokuvana saati kauhusellaisena. Mielestäni tekijöiden olisi kannattanut joko yrittää oikeasti pelotella (vaikeaa vaikka se onkin) tai sitten vetää kunnolla alta lipan Herrasmiesliigan tyyliin. Sympaattista joskin hiukan rumaa Eppa-pemua näytettiin kuitenkin ihan mukavasti läpi koko leffan, joten siinä suhteessa päästiin voiton puolelle.

Links

http://www.yle.fi/tv2/elokuvat/3c76.htm


Käenpesä: episode #80

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

TV-series

Original airdate

September 11, 2006

Country

Finland

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

A pem walked by an old lady

Also starring

Turkka Mastomäki (Jussi Venäläinen), Maria Kuusiluoma (Kaisa Hämäläinen), Daniel Dewald (Traian Suput), Leena Pöysti (Pirjo Räsänen)

Comments

In episode #80 of this comedic soap opera, an old lady witnessing the row between two main characters is walking a Pembroke.

Och samma på Finska:

Komediallisen saippuasarjan jaksossa #80 piipahtaa Pembroke: Peten ja Helinän selvitellessä välejään Helinän kotipihalla Vihdissä tapausta töllistevällä naapurin(?) mummolla on remmissä sellainen. Jakso esitettiin 11.9.2006.


Life After People

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

TV-series

Episodes

Outbreak (season 1, #2) and Bound & Buried (season 1, #7)

Original airdate

April 28, 2009 (Outbreak); June 2009 (Bound & Buried)

Country

USA

Company credits

History Channel (distribution)

Produced by

Louis C. Tarantino, Douglas J. Cohen and Jeremy Chilvers

Directed by

James Grant Goldin

Written by

Louis C. Tarantino, Douglas J. Cohen and Jim Hense

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

The Pembrokes of the Queen of Britain

Comments

A "fictional science" documentary (as opposed to a no-bones-about-it science fiction show) about a (somewhat unlikely) scenario that all of humanity would just up and disappear one day. Among others, the Queen's Corgis would be forced deal with having been abandoned — while still inside Buckingham Palace, no less.

George Fordham writes that Outbreak, the second episode of Life After People, "showed some really cute Corgis, playing the part of the Queen's own. You can guess where they found water. They scavenged around the kitchens for a few months before having to find their way outside to try and make it on their own."

When the 1st season of this show ran in Finland in the spring of 2010, I was able to ascertain that the Pems have quite a bit of screen time in Outbreak. A biologist interviewed for the episode was of a mind that despite their appearance, Corgis are actually quite survivable, being intelligent and having good stamina and strong digestion (big "surprise", this last). Meanwhile, a very short clip of Corgis fussing at a door, (apparently footage that was used in Outbreak recycled) in Bound & Buried is accompanied by another biologist contrariwise stating that dogs in general would have hard time even getting out of the houses they are left in... That's science for you!

Since those two episodes appear to be the only ones where Corgis are shown, and they aren't otherwise mentioned explicitly in the other, this sighting retains its "minor" status.


Little Dog Lost (1)

Category

TV-movies

Year

1963

Country

USA

Company credits

Perkins Films, Walt Disney Television (producers)

Directed by

Walter Perkins

Written by

Catherine Turney etc.

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Candy

Starring dog

Ch. Bundock's Rover Run Concerto, UD

Also starring

Winston Hibler (Narrator), Hollis Black, Margaret Gerrity, Grace Bauer, Priscilla Overton, Dennis Yanglin, Norman Williams

Comments

From Internet Movie Database: "The story of Candy, a little Welsh Corgi, who's raised by his family from a little puppy. But when he's grown up, he gets lost, has adventures, and learns to herd cattle before he's reunited with his family...only that's not where he wants to be". Generally considered to be The Ultimate (Pembroke) Welsh Corgi Movie (I presume due to the screen time received by the Pem...). Unfortunately, it's a bit hard to get in any format (let alone on DVD), it being a Disney telemovie and all...


Little Mosque on the Prairie

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Tv-series

Episode title

Recipe For Disaster (season 3, episode #16)

Original air date

Monday February 23, 2009

Country

Canada

Directed by

Brian K. Roberts

Written by

Claire Ross Dunn

Company credits

CBC Canada

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Also starring

Zaib Shaikh (Amaar Rashid), Carlo Rota (Yasir Hamoudi), Sheila McCarthy (Sarah Hamoudi), Neil Crone (Fred Tupper) etc.

Comments

Accoding to TV.com (see links below), Little Mosque on the Prairie is "a sitcom that focuses on the comedic outlook of a small Muslim community interacting with the citizens of a little prairie town named Mercy".

According to Tennille Whiteford, there is at least one episode of this show where a red and white pembroke is seen "at 18:52 and again at 19:32". Sounds like it doesn't have a significant role...

The show has been off and on in Finland for some time but I haven't managed to catch this episode yet so can't comment further on it, nor yet on the general quality of the show as the subject matter is of extremely limited interest to me. However it should be possible to view this episode (if you are Canadian anyway) and check for yourself on CBC site.

Links

Episode info @ TV.com


Love Me Or Hate Me

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Music video

Year

2006

Country

United Kingdom

Artist

Lady Sovereign

Track Length

2 minutes 42 seconds

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

A Pem belonging to a snotty high class woman, frightened by the ghost of a pet rat(!)

Comments

This "tetris-themed video" for a "song" of the British rapper Lady Sovereign features a Pembroke, presumably for that classy touch they lend to the upper class Brits. The Corgi also gets a mention in the lyrics. It's a brief but fairly funny sighting, which you can attest to on YouTube.

No, I'm not a particular fan of rap... Funny you should ask (-;)


Mahiru no Tsuki

English title

Midday Moon

Category

TV-series

Year

1997

Country

Japan

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Hanzo

Also starring

Tokiwa Takako (Mae), Oda Yuji (Naoki)

Comments

This drama about a rape victim and her almost equally traumatized lover features a cute little Pembroke puppy Hanzo.

Links

http://www.tbs.co.jp/eng/catalog/english/drama/107.html


Mike the Knight

Finnish title

Ritari Mikke

Category

TV-series

Year

2011

Country

Canada, United Kingdom

Written by

Alexander Bar (creator), Marc Seal

Company credits

Nelvana, HiT Entertainment (production)

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Yip and Yap

Comments

Quoting from Wikipedia (see links below), this CGI animated series for the children "is about Mike whose father, the King, is a knight who is away exploring other lands. Looking up to his father, Mike wants to be a knight too. However, he is still a knight-in-training".

Mike's mother, Queen Martha, sports the traditional queenly entourage of Pembrokes. Having cursorily watched a couple of episodes, it looks like the said Corgis are on fairly often (and generally end up in trouble, albeit not necessarily of their own making) so I've granted this a "major sighting" status.

Links

Mike the Knight on Wikipedia


Minions

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie, animated

Year

2015

Country

USA

Directed by

Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda

Written by

Brian Lynch

Company credits

Illumination Entertainment (production), Universal Pictures (distribution)

Starring role

Several Corgis of the Queen of Brittain

Also starring

Sandra Bullock, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Jennifer Saunders etc.

Comments

This is an animated comedy movie spin-off/prequel to the Despicable Me franchise films. As the title implies, it's about Minions (those small yellow beings who exist only to serve history's most despicable villains) and their history from the dawn of time up to how they threw in their lot with Gru. In between, they also (ineptly) assist in a coup to take over Britain and inevitably end up meeting with the Queen's Pembrokes in the process.

The Corgis aren't on a whole lot but they do have some very hilarious scenes, including one involving a match of Corgi polo in the Buckingham Palace (see "Links" below). The movie is funnier that I expected otherwise too and well worth a watch. Quite a few other people apparently agree since (according to Wikipedia) it is the thirteenth highest-grossing film of all time, the second highest-grossing animated film and the highest-grossing non-Disney animated film.

Links


Moh waan chue fong

English title

Magic Kitchen

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie

Year

2004

Country

China (Honk Kong)

Directed by

Lee Chi-Ngai

Produced by

Lee Chi-Ngai, John Chong

Written by

Lee Chi-Ngai (based on the novel by Lam Wing-Sum)

Corgi breed

Unknown, probably a pembroke

Starring role

The corgi is the main character's pet

Also starring

Sammi Cheng Sau-Man (Yau Murong), Jerry Yan (Ho), Andy Lau Tak-Wah (Chun Yao)

Comments

A romantic drama from Hong Kong featuring a Corgi, most likely a Pembroke. According to Frank McDonough, the Corgi has two scenes of doing "what Corgis do best - in one he's eating, and in the other he's ...umm... 'taking care of business'". It doesn't actually sound like the Corgi's on a lot so I've given this a (tentative) minor sighting status.

The movie was awarded for a Golden Horse for the best adapted screenplay. A thorough review (with some spoilers) can be found at the link below.

Links

Review @ LoveKHFilm.com


Mortdecai

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie

Year

2015

Country

USA

Directed by

David Koepp

Produced by

Andrew Lazar, Johnny Depp etc.

Written by

Eric Aronson

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

A Corgi extremely briefly seen in the protagonist's house

Also starring

Johnny Depp (Mortdecai), Gwyneth Paltrow (Johanna), Paul Bettany (Jock), Ewan McGregor (Martland)

Comments

There is a very minor Corgi sighting in this much (and in my opinion deservedly) maligned action comedy film. A Pembroke is extremely briefly seen and is spoken to by Ms. Paltrow's character (she even mentions its name but I lost that tidbit in a computer crash a while back) at the early part of the movie. The scene is maybe 5 seconds long tops so it's one of those "blink-and-you-miss-it" things. The rest of the movie is completely sans Corgis so I can only recommend you read the reviews below before commiting to watching it — the first one even mentions the Corgi!

Links


Murder She Purred - A Mrs. Murphy Mystery

Category

TV-movies

Year

1998

Country

USA

Directed by

Simon Wincer

Written by

Rita Mae Brown (novel), Jim Cox (II) etc.

Company credits

Ancient Mariner Films, Walt Disney Television (production), C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures (fx)

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Tucker

Also starring

Ricki Lake (Mary Minor 'Harry' Haristeen), Blythe Danner (Mrs. Murphy's voice), Anthony Clark (Tucker's voice)

Comments

From Internet Movie Database: "The animals really steal this story, and they are pretty amazing. The Corgi has many scenes, and does them with great style [...] This is a great film for kids, but adults may find their attention lagging". Apparently, Ricki Lake is OK too... This telemovie is one of the few where a Corgi is literally a star, even if just a co-star. Mostly based on Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy Mysteries series novel Rest In Pieces, the story is about a cat solving a murder with the help of her Pembroke sidekick. The telemovie has a male Tucker, while in the book(s) the character is female.


Muuttuuko ihminen

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

TV-show

Original airdate

April 30, 2007

Country

Finland

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

A pem walked by a somewhat foppish, handsome man

Also starring

Lapinlahden linnut

Comments

In the one-off comedic TV-special by a popular Finnish comedy group Lapinlahden linnut, a pembroke is very briefly seen in the so-called "gay sketch".

Och samma på Finska:

Lapinlahden lintujen vappuna 2007 esitetty tv-spesiaali Muuttuuko ihminen antaa vajaat viisi sekuntia kuvaruutuaikaa pembrokelle. Koira näkyy ns. "homosketsissä", jossa sitä kävelyttää mahdollisesti hieman homomaiseksikin luonnehdittava mieshenkilö.

Links

http://www.lapinlahdenlinnut.fi/


My Hero: Car

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

TV-series

Year

Monday May 28, 2001 (original air date of the episode with corgis)

Country

United Kingdom

Directed by

John Stroud

Written by

Paul Mendelson (series creator), Paul Mayhew-Archer, etc.

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Three of the Queen's pembrokes stolen by Arnie, a superhero gone bad

Also Starring

Ardal O'Hanlon (George Sunday/Thermoman), Emily Joyce (Janet Dawkins), Lou Hirsch (Arnie)

Comments

From Internet movie database: "On the surface George Sunday (Ardal O'Hanlon) appears to be a mild-mannered Irishman [...] but in reality, he is Thermoman, an leotard-wearing superhero who hails from the planet Ultron. When he rescues nurse Janet Dawkins (Emily Joyce) [...] the pair fall in love. The comedy of the series is mainly based on George's attempts to come to grips with everyday life and combining a dual career as a superhero and a slightly odd earthling." The Britcom My Hero (1st season in 2000) sounds a lot like The Tick crossed with Third Rock from the Sun, but apparently had something going for it as ran for six seasons until 2006. At the very least, there were a couple of corgis in, specifically in the second season episode Car, according to Susan Bemus "Arnie talks George into restoring his super powers but then proceeds to mis-use his powers by stealing the Crown Jewels, several works of art, and... 3 of the Queen's corgis! I howled when George was uncovering all of Arnie's ill-gotten loot, and the Pems came trotting in a line out of the bedroom. They were obviously not the _real_ Royal corgis, though; they were clearly well-trained and friendly. ;-)"


National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie

Year

2007

Country

USA

Written by

(Marianne and Cormac) Wibberley (screenplay & story), Gregory Poirier (story) etc.

Directed by

Jon Turteltaub

Company Credits

Walt Disney Pictures (presents), Jerry Bruckheimer Films (production) etc.

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

One of (presumably) the Queen's pembrokes seen in a picture at Buckingham Palace

Also starring

Nicolas Cage (Ben Gates), Justin Bartha (Riley Poole), Diane Kruger (Abigail Chase), Jon Voight (Patrick Gates), Helen Mirren (Emily Appleton)

Comments

Fairly obviously, this is a sequel to National Treasure (2004). In this one (according to the Internet Movie Database) the treasure hunter (think modernized Indiana Jones) Ben Gates' "great-great grandfather is suddenly implicated as a key conspirator in Abraham Lincolns death. Determined to prove his ancestors innocence, Ben follows an international chain of clues that takes him on a chase from Paris to London and ultimately back to America."

Apparently a bit of lukewarm warm-up of a bit lukewarm original, but what can you expect from a family-friendly Di$ney actioner, really? Anyway, there is a very miniscule Corgi sighting available. Dillon Pyron reports that in the scene where the characters "break into Buckingham Palace to get to the Resolute Desk, there's a picture of a R&W Pem on the desk".

Links

Official site


NCIS

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

TV-series

Episodes

Meat Puzzle (season 2, #13) and Broken Bird (season 6, #13)

Year

08.02.2005 (Meat Puzzle); 13.01.2009 (Broken Bird)

Country

USA

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Several corgis belonging to Mrs. Mallard, the mother of one of the principal characters.

Starring dogs

Bill Gotthelf has forwarded a theory that the dogs appearing on NCIS are actually the Pembrokes of David McCallum (see "Also Starring" below), named Bill, Tessie, Zack, Brandy and Bailey; this remains unconfirmed

Also starring

Mark Harmon (Leroy Jethro Gibbs), Michael Weatherly (Anthony DiNozzo), Pauley Perrette (Abby Sciuto), Sean Murray (Timothy McGee), Sasha Alexander (Kate Todd), David McCallum (Donald "Ducky" Mallard)

Comments

Among the rash of crime (scene) investigation series to come out in the middle of the first decate of the 3rd millennium is NCIS. According to the production company CBS's site, NCIS "(Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is more than just an action drama. With liberal doses of humor, it focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations".

A bit of a little less deadly serious cross between 24 and the various CSI(s), NCIS does at the very least have the on-screen corgis going for it. They first put in a appearance in the 2nd season episode The Meat Puzzle:

Ducky (pointing to a corgi): That's Tyson.
Kate: Because he thinks he's a boxer?
Ducky: Because he bites.

The corgis have been mentioned a few times after that and they also make at least one further brief appearance in the 6th season episode Broken Bird. A more ardent watcher than I may well catch more glimpses of Mrs. Mallard's dogs.

Links


Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Tv-series

Episode

Umney's Last Case

First aired

Wednesday July 19, 2006 (episode initial air date)

Country

USA

Directed by

Rob Bowman

Written by

April Smith from the story by Stephen King

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Also starring

William H. Macy (Clyde Umney/Sam Landry/George Demmick), Tory Mussett (Arlene "Candy" Cain/Pool Girl), Jacqueline McKenzie (Linda Landry/Gloria Demmick) etc.

Comments

In the 3rd episode (Umney's Last Case) of this supernatural/horror series based on Stephen King's short stories, the titular 1930's detective Clyde Umney has an undocked pembroke for a dog. According to Joanne Nilson, Umney "told [the corgi] to 'get a job' when it barked at him. He then said that 'a pembroke welsh corgi has a bark that cuts through your head like shards of glass.' Funny and true." Indeed. Unfortunately, it seems the pem "gets it" later on in the show when a bad guy (also played by the talented Mr. Macy) shows up and offs several other characters.

Links

Umney's Last Case page at TV.com


Nintendogs

Category

Game

Subcategory

Console game

Game type

Simulation, 1 player (wireless group play option)

Year

2005 (year of realease)

Country

USA

Company credits

Nintendo (publisher & developer)

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

A corgi puppy (virtual, obviously!) you can purchase to play with

Comments

Nintendogs is a game for the Nintendo DS mini console. It's a Tamagotchi-styled game where the player "adopts", "takes care of", "trains" and "plays with" a digital puppy. You can also take your puppy to virtual dog show of some sort. From Nintendo DS site:

"Put a puppy inside your Nintendo DS! Nintendogs brings puppy love to a whole new level! Features:
  • Each version of Nintendogs comes with six breeds to choose from, and you can unlock additional breeds by playing with other owners through wireless gameplay!
  • Collect and play with a huge array of items like tennis balls, flying discs and even clothing accessories
  • Compete in obedience and agility trials to earn cash to buy even more dogs
  • Interact wirelessly with friends' Nintendogs using the innovative Bark Mode"
Movement modelling and at least some of the behaviour of the puppies seem to be rather well done, but otherwise I'm not sure what to make of a pembroke playing toy tug with sunglasses on (see links, lower left corner of the page, I [love] puppy cam! video 1). For those into this kind of thing, the virtual pembroke is included in the "lab pack" version, along with 5 other breeds (there are 18 breeds total).

Links

http://www.nintendogs.com


Number 23, The

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie

Year

2007

Country

USA

Directed by

Joel Schumacher

Produced by

Beau Flynn, Fernley Phillips, Tripp Vinson

Written by

Fernley Phillips

Company credits

New Line Cinema (distribution)

Corgi breed

Cardigan

Starring role

Alfie

Also starring

Jim Carrey (Walter Sparrow/Detective Fingerling), Virginia Madsen (Agatha Pink-Sparrow/Fabrizia), Logan Lerman (Robin Sparrow)

Comments

This serious suspence film effort from from the director Joel Schumacher and the comedian actor Jim Carrey, The Number 23 plays heavily on Robert Anton Wilson's and Robert Shea's esoteric numerological concept of the 23 Enigma. It received almost unanimously bad reviews from critics but seems to have been more easily accepted by the regular viewers.

There is a fairly prominent dog in the movie, Ned, who is unfortunately not a corgi. However in the semi-imaginary childhood reminisence sequence at the start of the movie we meet a bit unruly Cardigan Alfie who leads Sparrow/Fingerling to the dead body of his mistress, the widow Dobkins. He has perhaps a little less than one minute of screen time and is last seen resting his head on Mrs. Dobkins' corpse in a rather touching show of lyoalty.

Alfie's real name is not mentioned in the credits but it's possible the information on him is available from Boone's Animals for Hollywood, Inc. that is credited with providing the animals for the movie.

Links


Patrik 1,5

English Title

Patrik, Age 1.5

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie

Year

2008

Country

Sweden

Directed by

Ella Lemhagen

Produced by

Tomas Michaelsson

Written by

Ella Lemhagen, Michael Druker (story)

Company credits

Filmlance International AB, Sonet Film Sweden (distribution)

Corgi breed

Cardigan

Starring role

A blue merle Cardigan briefly seen in a beach scene

Also starring

Gustaf Skarsgård (Göran Skoogh), Torkel Petersson (Sven Skoogh), Tom Ljungman (Patrik)

Comments

In this Swedish comedy-drama film, a gay couple tries to adopt a baby but ends up with the titular Patrik, a homophobic teenager with a criminal background. In a brief scene, we see him kick a trashbin to pieces on a beach while a woman walking a blue merle Cardigan watches the proceedings. No other Corgi content there apparently, but the movie has been fairly well received by the critics when it saw a limited release in USA.

Links


The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

Alternative title

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (in North America, Australia and New Zealand)

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie, animated

Year

2012

Country

United Kingdom / USA

Written by

Gideon Defoe (original novel the movie is based on)

Directed by

Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt

Company Credits

Aardman Animations, Sony Pictures Animation, (distributed by) Columbia Pictures

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

See Comments below

Also starring

Hugh Grant (voice of the Pirate Captain), Martin Freeman (voice of the Pirate with a Scarf), Imelda Staunton (voice of Queen Victoria), David Tennant (voice of Charles Darwin)

Comments

Yet another claymation movie co-produced by Aardman Features (renowned as company that brought us Wallace and Gromit) made with American backing, this time from Sony.

A very slightly more adult fare than the previous five Aardman movies (and the first to be shot in 3D), the film follows The Pirate Captain (apparently that is his name, not just a title) and his crew of rather inept pirates in their attempt to win the Pirate of the Year competition while trying not to get bamboozled out of some very valuable property by a somewhat dastardly Charles Darwin and killed by a rather demented Queen Victoria.

Despite not considered a huge success, it's still pretty funny and contains two very brief "kind of" sightings of corgis: first occurs in the very beginning when a Pembroke is seen displayed on the very top of Queen's coat of arms and the second come a while later as detailed in the second link below. "Live" corgis are unfortunately not seen in the movie, possibly for reasons that I won't get into here, because spoilers.

Links


RWBY

Category

TV-series (web), animated

Year

2014 (first appearance of Corgi)

Country

USA

Written by

Monty Oum (series creator), Miles Luna, Kerry Shawcross

Directed by

Monty Oum (Volumes 1 and 2), Kerry Shawcross (Volume 3 onwards)

Company Credits

Rooster Teeth

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Zwei (voiced by Penny Layne Matthews)

Also starring

Lindsay Jones (voice of Ruby Rose), Kara Eberle (voice of Weiss Schnee), Arryn Zech (voice of Blake Belladonna), Barbara Dunkelman (voice of Yang Xiao Long)

Comments

RWBY is an American-made anime-style web series (running two different versions, "realistic" and Chibi) and media franchise (having spinned off into games) created by the late Monty Oum. It centers on four super-powered teenage girls who defend humanity by hunting monstrous entities known as "creatures of Grimm" (as well as human criminals) on the alien world of Remnant. The name of the franchise and also of the girls' combat/hunting team is derived from the four main characters' forenames of Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang.

The country of production aside, RWBY stands out from your run-of-the-mill superpowered girl anime by including an important Corgi character, Zwei the Pembroke (who's name is a fairly obviously nod to the seminal Cowboy Bebop and the "data dog" Ein). He is officially the pet of Ruby and Yang, although apparently he is much more intelligent than a normal dog — or even a Corgi. He also has superpowers of his own, being seemingly impervious to fire and extremely damage resistant otherwise as well.

Having not watched the series yet, I don't know in how many episodes exactly Zwei appears in (he's been on since episode 8 of Volume 2, Field Trip), but apparently he's in fairly many so I've given this series a tentative "major sighting" status.

Links


Queen, The

Category

Movies

Year

2006

Country

United Kingdom

Directed by

Stephen Frears

Written by

Peter Morgan

Produced by

Andy Harries, Christine Langan, Tracey Seaward (producers), François Ivernel, Cameron McCracken and Scott Rudin (executive producers)

Company credits

BIM Distribuzione, Canal+, France 3 Cinéma, Granada Film Productions etc. (production)

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

various Pembrokes of the Queen of Britain

Starring dogs

Alice, Anna, Megan, Oliver and Poppy: dogs of Liz Smith from Little Blakenham, near Ipswich

Also starring

Helen Mirren (Queen Elizabeth II), Michael Sheen (Tony Blair), James Cromwell (Prince Philip) Sylvia Syms (The Queen Mother), Alex Jennings (Prince Charles), Helen McCrory (Cherie Blair) etc.

Comments

Helen Mirren has captivated many viewers with her very Oscar-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II in this fictionalized account of events following Princess Diana's death. An Internet Movie Database review says: "It's a film that shows us Prince Charles crying, Elizabeth swearing, corgi dogs frolicking and the Blairs fumbling in matters of royal protocol and yet treats none of it in a campy or satiric manner."

We are of course mainly interested in the frolicking corgis. Here are some testimonies from Corgi-L mailing list: Truth to tell, the corgis aren't really on in that many a scene (and why would they be). But judging by the reaction of the audience (I actually got out and went to a movie theatre to see this one!) the film would have been a much darker affair if they hadn't been there to lighten up the mood. On the strenght of that alone, I've decided to let The Queen to get a "major sighting" status.
On the subject of the dog actors in the movie, East Anglian Daily Times reports that "the talented canine co-stars belong to Liz Smith, a retired outside caterer from Little Blakenham, near Ipswich, who became known as 'Corgi Liz' on set [...] Mrs Smith, who like the Queen adores corgis, was approached to help with the film after her dogs were spotted at an obedience competition by an animal consultant for film and television." You can catch a few teaser shots of them in the official site's (see below) trailer and gallery sections.

Links

http://www.thequeenmovie.co.uk/


Robinson Crusoe

Category

Movies

Year

1996

Country

USA

Directed by

Rod Hardy, George Miller

Written by

Daniel Defoe (novel), Christopher Lofton etc.

Company credits

Miramax Films (distribution), Introvision International (fx)

Corgi breed

Cardigan

Starring role

Skipper

Also starring

Pierce Brosnan (Robinson Crusoe), William Takaku (Friday)

Comments

I suspect the makers wanted a bizarre looking dog to represent a ship cur and chose a cardigan at random. Otherwise, Skipper epitomizes the best traits of his breed, namely bravery (runs away at the first sign of danger) and intelligence (chases a burning fuse down to a gunpowder barrel and explodes along with it). Seriously, though: CWC content aside, this is rather a pointless, although not seriously bad, take on an old classic.

Trivia: despite my lack of enthusiasm for the quality of this film, it is in fact the very work of fiction that inspired me to begin collecting information for CSDb all those years ago...


Save The World

Category

Music video

Year

2011

Country

Sweden

Artist

Swedish House Mafia (Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso), John Martin (quest vocals)

Track Length

3 minutes 36 seconds

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

A Pembroke belonging to a "posse" of dogs that fight crime

Comments

The official video for Swedish House Mafia's (an electronic dance "supergroup" from, of all places, Sweden) Save The World features, of all things, a vigilante pack of dogs fights criminals and protects ordinary people. Among them is plucky female Pembroke who, regardless of what you might think of the plot, gets plenty of screentime. In fact enough for this to rank as a "major sighting". So watching the video is worth the while even if you aren't too excited about progressive house as an e-music style.

Links

Swedish House Mafia on MySpace


Sims 4, The

Category

Game

Subcategory

Computer game (multiple platforms)

Game type

Multiplayer third-person 3D sandbox game/life simulation

Year

2014 (year of Windows version realease)

Country

USA

Company credits

Maxis, The Sims Studio (development); Electronic Arts (publisher)

Corgi breed

Pembroke (or possibly a mix of some kind)

Comments

The Sims 4 is the latest version of the hugely popular series of "life simulation" games originally designed by Will Wright at Maxis. Over the years and versions, there have been several unofficial opportunities to mod a Corgi into the game but the first official option (as far as I'm aware anyway) only came along with Cats & Dogs expansion in November 2017.

The trailer for the said expansion (see "Links" below) shows the requisite Corgi that has been rendered a bit leggy and tailed, which makes me wonder if it's supposed to be a Pem, a Cardi, a mix thereof or a mix of either with some entirely different breed. Most probably the first, but with somewhat lacking execution.

Links


Sister Act

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie

Year

1992

Country

USA

Directed by

Emile Ardolino

Written by

Joseph Howard

Company credits

Touchstone Pictures (production)

Corgi breed

Mix

Also starring

Whoopi Goldberg (Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence), Maggie Smith (Mother Superior), Kathy Najimy (Sister Mary Patrick)

Comments

From Internet Movie Database: "Sister Act is about a Reno lounge singer named Deloris Van Carter who witnesses her mobster boyfriend killing an employer. She is then hidden in a convent under a witness protection program." A musical feelgood comedy in the 'complementing opposites' vein. Many people on IMDb seem think it's one of the best, if not THE best movie ever. I, however, confess to 'walking out' on it pretty quickly. So quickly, in fact, that I missed the alleged Corgi mix altogether... Based on that, I've placed this movie in the minor sightings category.


Six Feet Under: Knock, Knock

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

TV-series

Episode with corgi

Knock, Knock

Year

2001

Country

USA

Corgi breed

Cardigan

Also starring

Peter Krause (Nate Fisher), Michael C. Hall (David Fisher), Frances Conroy (Ruth Fisher), Lauren Ambrose (Claire Fisher), Rachel Griffiths (Brenda Chenowith), Dina Waters (Tracy)

Comments

In the last episode of the first season ("Knock, Knock") of this dark comedy/drama series, a cardi is seen sitting by the side of Aunt Lilian in the death scene at the begining of the show. Also, Tracy later refers to her aunt raising welsh corgis. The fact is also mentioned in her obituary, which you can read in its entirety by visiting the official site (see Links below): Ms. Montrose was a respected and well-loved staple of her community. She raised Welsh Corgis on her estate and her dogs were twice awarded Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club's annual tournament.

Lillian Grace Montrose
October 4, 1936 - June 14, 2001


Links

http://www.hbo.com/sixfeetunder/


So Haunt Me

Category

TV-series

Year

1992 (1st season)

Country

United Kingdom

Directed by

Sylvie Boden, John Stroud

Written by

Paul Mendelson

Company credits

BBC, Cinema Verity (production)

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Hemingway

Also starring

Trevor Byfield (Jack), George Costigan (Pete Rokeby), Miriam Karlin (Yetta Feldman) etc.

Comments

As described by Anita Nordlunde, this BBC sitcom features a "Pembroke Corgi called Hemingway who according to the script is a confused miniatue Rottweiler and is very much part of the family who buy a house with a resident Jewish ghost". Yep, you read that last part right: it's a sitcom about a family and a Jewish grandmother ghost. Apparently many people find the treatment of an old Jewish woman to be rather stereotypical and the show is not generally known to have been all that good otherwise either, but it does seem to have had a high corgi content factor. So Haunt Me ran for a couple of seasons (and a Christmas special) until 1994.


Space Buddies

Alternate titles

Karvakamut avaruudessa (Finnish title)

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie

Year

2009

Country

USA

Written by

Robert Vince and Anna McRoberts, “Air Bud” character created by Kevin DiCicco

Directed by

Robert Vince

Company Credits

Walt Disney Home Entertainment (presents), Keystone Entertainment (producer)

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Two corgis, presumbaly belonging to the Queen of Britain

Also starring

F.T. Anderson (Investor #2), Diedrich Bader (Yuri), Field Cate (voice of Buddha), Kendall Cross (Sam's Mom)

Comments

This direct-to-video live action children’s effort from Di$ney is 7th installment in the Air Bud movie franchise. The titular character of the series apparently a Golden Retriever puppy that can play basket ball, or something...

Space Buddies isn’t getting stellar reviews, but does have several corgi moments according to this very detailed report from Lee H. Skinner: "there is a short 3-second scene showing Queen Elizabeth with 2 Pembroke Welsh Corgis at 54 minutes and 14 seconds into the new Disney DVD & Blu-ray movie 'Space Buddies'. Two more camera shots of the corgis including a great close-up of the 2 corgis occurs about 6 minutes later. 12 minutes later there is a 4th close-up shot of the corgis. 2 minutes later there are still 2 more shots of the corgis, with one of them barking excitedly."

Having actually seen this movie in a Finnish dubbed version (well I fastforwarded to the Corgi bits), I can vouch for it being, well, not so very good (despite being science fiction of sorts, which always elicits extra points from me). Obviously I'm not part of the demographic for talking puppy dogs flying spaceships though so take that with a grain of salt. Anyway, I'm not entirely sure if the old British lady with the Corgis is actually ever stated to be Queen Elizabeth. I think it actually might be just an incidental resemblance. But the Corgi moments are in and of themselves as reported above.

Links

Official site


Stargate SG-1

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

TV-series

Episode with corgi

#114: The Singularity

Date

October 31st, 1997 (original airdate of the episode)

Country

USA

Written by

Robert C. Cooper

Directed by

Mario Azzopardi

Corgi breed

Pembroke, possibly a mix

Also starring

Richard Dean Anderson (Jack O'Neill), Amanda Tapping (Samantha Carter), Michael Shanks (Daniel Jackson), Christopher Judge (Teal'c), Katie Stuart (Cassandra)

Comments

The episode 14 of season 1 of this very long running, intentionally (I hope) somewhat campy scifi adventure series features a dog that looks like it might be a pembroke or possibly a corgi mix. It's presented by Colonel Jack O'Neill as gift to Cassandra, the little girl who is the last survivor of her civilization, at the very end of the episode. Jack says: "We have a rule here on Earth. Every kid has got to have a dog. This is a dog, and he's yours".

Edie Bain comments that the corgi "actually has close to minute of screen time, even if it doesn't get to do anything more than lie there looking cute".

Links

'The Singularity' @ Gateworld


This Hour Has 22 Minutes

Also known as

22 Minutes

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Tv-series / web content

Clip with corgi

Queen's Message

Date uploaded

December 13, 2011

Country

Canada

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

One of the Pembrokes of the Queen of Britain

Comments

This Hour Has 22 Minutes is a weekly Canadian television comedy show. The show's format is a mock news program, intercut with comic sketches, parody commercials and humorous interviews of public figures. The show's Internet site also features original web video content and one of the clips features a misbehaving Queen of Brittain attempting to deliver a Christmas speech to the Commonwealth. The clip obviously also involves one of the Royal Corgis, this time played by an undocked Pembroke. You can watch the 1 minute 35 second clip can be watched by clicking the link below — it's recommended to the friends of fart humour especially.

Links

Direct link to the clip (the clip is preceded by commercials)


Trip At The Brain

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Music video

Year

1988

Country

USA

Company Credits

Virgin Records

Artist

Suicidal Tendecies

Album

How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today

Track Length

4 minutes 30 seconds

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

A red pem briefly seen playing with plastic toy brain(!), and a brindle one glimpsed at the background right after that

Comments

A most bizarre Corgi sighting, and an extremely short one: the video for the Suicidal Tendecies song Trip At The Brain features two pembrokes, one of which is momentarily seen chewing on gray plastic toy brain! This is too weird... Unfortunately, the song is... erm, not that good — but hey, we can't have everything (-;)

You can watch part of the video (and if you don't blink a lot, catch the pems) on YouTube.

Links

http://www.suicidaltendencies.com/


Very British Cover-up, A

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

Movie (short)

Year

2009

Country

UK

Written by

Nina Barnfather, Ian Smith

Directed by

Ian Smith

Produced by

Sophie Fante, Ian Smith

Company Credits

Auntie Margaret (presents)

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Several Pembrokes of different colours acting as "accessories" of the main character who styles himself as "the real Princess of Wales"

Also starring

Gary Mullins & Pixie Perez (Rhiannon Grand Slam Glam), Gareth David-Lloyd (Brian Jones), Colin Charvis (Colin), Chris Needs (Chris)

Comments

From IMdb: "Keen to win the British amateur drag queen final, Rhiannon Grand Slam Glam seems to be caught in the middle of an unfortunate event. Shame about her fellow competitors who appear to have been framed for murder". This a short (length 25 minutes) and at least judging by the trailer rather comedic take on the British drag scene. Corgis are on rather a lot in the trailer (see links below) but since I haven't seen the actual film I didn't grant this a "major sighting" status.

Links

Trailer on YouTube (remember to watch until the end for the best wisecrack and corgi shot combined), thanks to Victoria Rose for spotting it!


View, The

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

TV-series / talk show

Episode with corgi

Halloween special 2006

Date

October 31, 2006 (original airdate of the episode)

Country

USA

Company credits

ABC

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

Three pembrokes of "Queen Elizabeth II"

Also starring

Joy Behar (host, dressed as Queen Elizabeth II), Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Rosie O'Donnell, Barbara Walters

Comments

A very marginal inclusion, the Halloween special for 2006 of this rather popular and acclaimed talk show featured the host Joy Behar dressed up as Queen Elizabeth II, complete with the requisite corgis.

Links

Episode summary @ TV.com


Will and Grace

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

TV-series

Episode with corgi

#417: Someone Old, Someplace New

Date

February 28, 2006 (original airdate of the episode)

Country

USA

Written by

Jeff Greenstein (story), Alex Herschlag and Jhoni Marchinko (teleplay)

Directed by

James Burrows

Corgi breed

Unkown (probably pembroke)

Also starring

Eric McCormack (Will Truman), Debra Messing (Grace Adler), Sean Hayes (Jack McFarland), Megan Mullally (Karen Walker), Shelley Morrison (Rosario Salazar)

Comments

An extemely minor sighting. In the 4th season episode Someone Old, Someplace New of the sitcom Will and Grace a painting of corgi can be seen (presumably on the wall) in the scene in the pub where Karen’s mom works at.

Links

Episode summary @ TV.com


Write & Wrong

Category

Minor sighting

Subcategory

TV-Movie

Year

2007

Country

USA

Written by

George Beckerman

Directed by

Graeme Clifford

Company Credits

BPI And She Was Films, Jaffe/Braunstein Films, Lifetime Television, President Home Entertainment

Corgi breed

Pembroke

Starring role

A Pembroke belonging to the main character

Also starring

Kirstie Alley (Byrdie Langdon), Eric Christian Olsen (Jason 'Krueger' Langdon), Stacy Grant (Andrea Davis) etc.

Comments

From IMdb: "Byrdie, fast approaching 50 years old, is considered an over-the-hill has been script writer, along with her old studio friends and agent who have all been replaced by younger models. So Byrdie concocts a plan of revenge - get her young charming nephew, Jason, to pretend to be a script writer."

Apparently not a very enjoyable romantic comedy TV-movie, this didn't go down too well with our informant Terasa A. Brown either. She writes: "Kirstie Alley's character had a R/W Pem. Of course, in real life she has one, too. I can't recommend the movie as it annoyed me with all the yelling. I guess if you can't be funny, yell".

It is unknown if the Pembroke is in fact Ms. Alley's own dog or how much screen time it in fact has. So I'm tentatively passing this off as a minor sighting.


Year of the Dog

Category

Movies

Year

2007

Country

USA

Directed and Written by

Mike White

Company credits

Black & White Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Rip Cord Productions (production), animals provided by Boone's Animals for Hollywood

Corgi breed

Cardigan

Starring role

One of the dogs of Pier, the animal trainer

Starring dog

American Travis

Also starring

Molly Shannon (Peggy), Laura Dern (Bret), Regina King (Layla), Thomas McCarthy (Pier)

Comments

Starting out as more of a romantic comedy, this movie takes a turns in to a more serious drama about animal rights issues towards the end. Can't say I personally was able to take the main character's change of priorities very seriously, in fact Molly Shannon's character appeared to get progressively more unhinged and divorced from reality. The movie does not appeart to be well liked generally either, but the Cardigan has a fair amount of screen time so it's not a total waste of time to watch. Be adviced it doesn't end happily for the Cardigan however.

For his efforts at playing a dog with his paralyzed back legs in a cart, American Trawis (who was at the time of filming quite healthy) was nominated the FIDO for the Best Comedy Canine in 2007. See links below for the press release.

Please note that there is also a short crime/thriller movie directed by Kevin Lau with the same title from the same year that doesn't AFAIK feature a corgi.

Links

Official site of the movie
The FIDOs 2007 press release (PDF)
The FIDOs main page


Click me to go back to the contents page! CSDb Updated March 16, 2019