WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What's the only thing better than a heartwarming family comedy with the biggest names in showbiz coming out during the holiday season? A heartwarming holiday family comedy with animal stars! Opening everywhere on November 13, the new movie, "Love the Coopers," delivers big with an all-star cast, including Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Wilde and most importantly for all of us animal lovers, "Rags," the family's lovable St. Bernard mixed breed, who plays a central role in the film.
Directed by Jessie Nelson, "Love the Coopers," follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.
American Humane Association Gives "Love the Coopers" its Highest Rating for Safety and Treatment
Family bonds are important, but so is the human-animal bond, and to protect it and millions of animals, including many of our favorite animal stars over the past 75 years, American Humane Association and its famed "No Animals Were Harmed®" program were on the set of, "Love the Coopers," overseeing the safety and humane treatment of Rags and the other non-human actors. Based on the extraordinary treatment of the animal stars, American Humane Association has awarded its highest rating, "Monitored: Outstanding," to "Love the Coopers."
Treating animals right on movie sets is essential. American Humane Association applauds director Jessie Nelson, her production team, the actors, the trainers, and the studio CBS Films for working with the organization's "No Animals Were Harmed®" team and maintaining a safe and humane working environment for the animal stars in the film. The "No Animals Were Harmed" program oversees the protection of some 100,000 animal actors on 1,000 film and television productions each year and has kept millions of animals safe around the world since 1940. The "No Animals Were Harmed®" program, the only industry-sanctioned program with oversight of animals in filmed production, has made the protection of animal actors its duty and charter.
To commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of this marquee program, American Humane Association President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert penned the book, "Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors." Published by New World Library, it offers unprecedented access to the fascinating world of animals and animal trainers in today's film and television industry – and the celebrities with whom they work.
"American Humane Association is always proud when a production is able to achieve our highest rating for animal actor safety, because it shows that the production team, trainers, and actors are all extremely committed to the treatment and safety of their animal co-stars and doing things the right way," said Dr. Ganzert. "They join a long line of directors and producers who are committed to making a more humane Hollywood. You'll love "Love the Coopers"….and you'll adore 'Rags!' Don't miss 'em!"
"Love the Coopers" is in theaters everywhere November 13. To learn more about the film, please visit www.LovetheCoopers.com. And to learn more about the "No Animals Were Harmed®" program, please visit www.HumaneHollywood.org.
About American Humane Association
American Humane Association is the country's first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we're also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.
SOURCE American Humane Association