Dug Days Brings the Smile We Need

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Dug Days is a sweet look into the daily lives of Carl, voiced by the late Ed Asner, and Dug, voiced by Bob Peterson, as they enjoy life after Up. The episodes are around or under 10 minutes each, but each one captures so much heart and laughs that viewers are going to love enjoying a Dug Dags binge.

Dug Days is streaming on Disney+ starting September 1st.

 

 

In the wake of Ed Asner’s death, Dug Days bring a glimmer of joy as we remember one of the beloved characters he brought to life. It’s the perfect way to say goodbye. Knowing that Carl has found a companion after Ellie, and that companion brings him so much joy and love. The Carl we see in Dug Days has made peace in his life as he enjoys helping his neighbors, including Russell.

Peterson said in an interview, “Dug is pure of heart—he’s a good soul. I think people enjoy that part of Dug,” says Peterson. “Plus, people love their dogs. We’ve gone to great lengths to include truth in dog behavior, so they see their own dogs in Dug.”

Peterson and the rest of the Pixar team have managed to capture some honest dog moments as Dug experiences them for the first time. As a dog owner, I was rolling with how relatable some of the episodes are from a dog’s perspective. In our home, we often play the voice of our dogs Kylo and Juno, who have very different personalities. In the Puppies episode, it reminded us how loving Juno is and how excited she would be if a box of puppies were delivered to play with all day.

Easter Eggs in Dug Days

It wouldn’t be another Pixar masterpiece without some Easter Eggs. In the opening sequence you’ll see:

  • Spirit of Adventure Blimp (For sale)
  • Blimp on Carl’s mantel
  • Picture of Carl and Ellie
  • The camera that snapped their wedding picture is on the mantel also
  • Up Home with Balloons sign by the door
  • Kevin and her babies on the weather vane

The hat on the hook has the initials JR and stands for Jonas Rivera, one of the producers on Up.

Puppies

  • One of Dug’s toys is the La Luna star you can get at Disney’s California Adventure in Pixar Pier
  • The newspaper says Dogs everywhere

Pixar Animation Studios’ “Dug Days” is a new collection of shorts that follows the humorous misadventures of Dug, the lovable dog from Disney and Pixar’s “Up.” Each short features everyday events that occur in and around Dug’s backyard, all through the exciting (and delightfully distorted) eyes of our favorite talking dog. Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® Award winner Bob Peterson and produced by Kim Collins, the shorts premiere exclusively on Disney+ on Sept. 1, 2021.

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Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.

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