Dog films have always been popular, but the 90s was a particularly good decade for films starring or featuring dog characters. In 19991, the film Bingo was released; Bingo is about a dog (named, of course, Bingo) who runs away from the circus and befriends a young boy by saving his life. Bingo and the boy strike an unlikely friendship, since the boy’s parents dislike dogs, and soon Bingo and his newfound friend find themselves in the midst of a dangerous criminal ring that must be exposed.
The film combines comedy, adventure, and even a little drama to create an interesting—if a bit ridiculous—final project. Although Bingo wasn’t the most successful of the dog movies of the 90s, or any decade, it did enter into pop culture due to its over the topic dog antics. Whether you grew up with the film or are just interested in some 90s dog movie nostalgia, consider the following things that you probably didn’t know about Bingo.
A popular line of plush Bingo toys was released alongside the film
Commonwealth Toy & Novelty, a toy company active in the 1990s, created a line of plush Bingo toys to be released in conjunction with the film. The plush toys were quite popular and came with a number of different accessories, including one plush with a blue backpack, which can be seen in promotional material for the film but is never actually seen on Bingo in the movie.
Voice actor Frank Welker provided Bingo’s vocal effects
Frank Welker, who is well known for his voice acting work a, provided some of the special vocal effects for Bingo in the film. Welker’s other work in “dog cinema” include voicing Scooby-Doo as of 2002; voicing Droopy in Tom and Jerry; and voicing Santa’s Little Helper in The Simpsons. It is also rumored that Welker voiced Zero in The Nightmare before Christmas.
Bingo was played by a female dog
Although the character of Bingo is male, he was actually played by a female dog named Lacey. Lacey was adopted from a shelter by the Hollywood Animals agency and trained for use in film. It is actually common for female dogs to play male dog characters in film, usually because they are easier to train and because some male dog breeds experience shedding during certain months, which can create consistency issues.