Owen Wilson talked to Uproxx about his history of dogs in the movies, admitting he doesn’t have a good track record and that a dead dog in the film is almost his “calling card” at this point.” Sadly, Daisy, like the dogs in “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “Marley,” does not live to see the end of the film.
In the heartwarming new movie, “Wonder,” Auggie (Jacob Tremblay) was born with a facial deformity and undergone a series of surgeries. Despite worrying that he’ll be teased, his parents (Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson) let him go to school for the first time. Making friends is tough, at first, so it’s a good thing he’s got his dog, Daisy, to cheer him up.
(Daisy is played by a dog named Gidget According to the “Wonder” Wiki, she lives with her owner, Kristal Kenna, in Vancouver, Canada. And she’s a Gemini! She was born May 27, 2008 in Port Angeles, Washington.)
Daisy Quotes in WonderThe Wonder quotes below are all either spoken by Daisy or refer to Daisy. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
So I went to my bed and put on my pajamas without anyone telling me to and put the night-light on and turned the light off and crawled into the little mountain of stuffed animals I had left on my bed earlier.
So let me explain. I love dogs. I’ve loved them my whole life. There was Fella, who died young. Caesar, who died old. And Dune, who died most recently. I now have two dogs: Bear, a shiny black mutt that looks like a scrappy mix between a shiba and a shepherd; and Beau, a goofy chocolate labradoodle who hasn’t yet finished growing into his gigantic paws. I know firsthand how the passing of a dog really is one of life’s big heartbreaks, and I want to go on record that I would never trivialize that experience by turning it into a shameful plot device to get people to cry.
I wanted Auggie to experience something that had nothing to do with him or his face or his friends or his problems. Daisy’s death doesn’t just happen to him, after all—it happens to all of them, the whole family. And that’s a real growing-up moment for Auggie, a moment when he sees that his parents could grieve over something that has nothing to do with him. “Everything’s not always about you,” Via tells him, and it’s possibly the first time in his life that he finally really understands that.
In a recent review of my book, Wonder, The Irish Times reviewer questions why Darth Daisy, the family dog, had to die. It’s not the first time I’ve heard this question. I’ve read a few blog reviews in which the writers were actually angered by Daisy’s passing, intimating that I put it in for the sole purpose of eliciting tears in my readers. (Interestingly enough, I’ve gotten no complaints from anyone about the fact that the grandmother in the story dies, a plot point that reduced me to tears when writing but is not at all as controversial, it seems, as having the family dog pass away.) One dog devotee actually pointed out that dying dogs was a trend in children’s books that had to stop, which leads me to wonder if that person believed that I had sacrificed Daisy to be part of some literary clique of canine-killing authors.
It’s a pivotal moment for Auggie—not only does he lose the one creature in the world that doesn’t see him the way everyone else sees him, but he very briefly loses his place in the pecking order of the Pullman family. As they all go through their own mourning process, no one, for a little while, is thinking about him. That’s a first for Auggie who, let’s face it, is a wee bit spoiled. This becomes a transitional point in the novel. After this, Auggie really does start to become more independent.
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