Lovely Bones, The

After a young girl is murdered, she spends time in a sort of purgatory, watching her loved ones try to find her killer and bring justice to the family.

  • Starring: Saoirse Ronan and Mark Wahlberg
  • Director(s): Peter Jackson
  • Producer(s): Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh
  • Screenwriter(s): Fran Walsh, Philkppa Boyens, Peter Jackson
  • Distributor: Paramount Pictures
  • Animal Coordinator: Dawn Animal Agency
  • Release Date: Friday, January 15, 2010
  • Rating: Outstanding

Featured Animal Action

Throughout the film, the Salmon family has a golden retriever, which is seen performing such mild action as sitting, standing, being petted and walking or running on- and off- leash. For all of these scenes, trainers used hand signals and verbal commands to cue the mild action, which the trained dog was accustomed to performing. A few other dogs are seen in Susie's (Saoirse Ronan) heaven-like world, and they were also well-trained dogs cued by trainers.

The butterflies in the film were computer-generated imagery, as were the birds that transformed into and from tree leaves. The birds in the sky were filmed in their natural habitat.