If only there were Oscars or Choice Awards for the non-human actors in movies! Think of all the countless animals who have played their part in the box office hits of the big screen: horses, elephants, dogs, cockroaches...wait, cockroaches?!
Yes, insects show up in dozens of films, whether they’re one of the main characters (like Mothra in Godzilla) or they’re simply adding to the setting of the scene (like the large bugs of the famous underground tunnel in Indiana Jones’ Temple of Doom). Not to mention lots of animated classics that feature bugs like Antz or Disney’s A Bug’s Life.
Movies can help to increase awareness of these animals, or they can instil fear of them and create misunderstanding. Many films play on our uncertainty of six- or eight-legged creatures, going for that thriller edge to get people's pulse racing.
However, it’s worth noting that most of what we see of bugs in movies is not only exaggerated, but sometimes just plain myth. For example, tarantulas would never spin larger-than-human webs of silk and leap down on passers-by. In fact, they’d more than likely run away at the sound and feel of your step.
It’s important to remember that pretty much all of the insects, spiders and scorpions you’ll see in movies are actually quite docile and friendly. The very fact that we can show cockroaches and tarantulas crawling on people means that the bugs have to be rather passive in order to have them cooperate long enough to film the scene.
This year for Hug-a-Bug, we’re rolling out the red carpet for some of our Hollywood Bugs. It just so happens that we are proud enough to house many of the invertebrates you’ll see on the big screen, and we’d like for you to meet them in person! Come find out who’s won the Best Supporting Actor, or the Lifetime Achievement Award. Meet the buggy stars up close for yourself and learn the truth about the personality behind the face.
Join us this Family Day weekend for Hollywood Bugs: Insects from the Movies!