Instant Family

A married couple get more than what they bargained for when they adopt three children.

  • Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne
  • Director(s): Sean Anders
  • Producer(s): Sean Anders,Stephen Levinson, John Morris, David Womack    
  • Screenwriter(s): Sean Anders, John Morris
  • Distributor: Paramount Pictures
  • Animal Coordinator: Star K9
  • Release Date: Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Rating: Outstanding

Featured Animal Action

Throughout the film, the family has a pet dog, who is seen performing such mild action as sitting/standing/lying, being held or petted, and walking/running on or 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. The barking/growling was also a trained behavior.



In the scene when the actor comes home and the dog walks out of his bed and greets him, prior to shooting the scene, the dog was introduced to the actor who gave him several treats. The trainer asked the dog to lie down on a large dog bed. A trainer positioned herself outside the window and on action called for the dog to look out the window. The dog jumped on the window and barked.



In the scene where the dog scratches at the door and the actress lets the dog in the room, the trainer brought the dog to the set and she hid behind the bedroom door. She first showed the dog a treat and closed the door. Another trainer then placed the dog in front of the door and cued him to stay. On action, the trainer put the treat on a bait stick under the door. The dog barked and sniffed at the door like he is trying to get in. The actress opened the door and let him in.