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Film top dog Lassie with starlet Liz Taylor

Film top dog Lassie with starlet Liz Taylor

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Canine cutie Lassie came home first in UK's best loved movie animals survey.

Celebrating World Animal Day, Odeon cinemas polled 1,000-plus film fans to choose their perfect pet with the fictional female Rough Collie collecting 22 per cent of votes cast.

WC Fields' "Never work with animals or children" classic quote was correctly ignored by (trailered here) 1943 Lassie Come Home co-star Liz Taylor. But, then again, she was just a child herself.

From such live-action and animated animals to talking puppets, there’s no shortage of fave film four-legged friends. Or scaley in the shape of second spot lovable clown fish Nemo. And Officer Dibble's nemeisis must be feline pretty smug with third place after being adjudged eponymous Top Cat.

A formidable 50 per cent of those chosen are Disney creations with two cases of characters from same movie. Leads from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory fame and both Lady and Tramp feature in top ten.

Cinema company commercial director Andy Edge said: “This year alone has seen a huge number of on-screen animals, real or imagined, steal hearts across the UK. What better time than World Animal Month to celebrate our best loved animal icons from popular classics and new film hits.”

Lady and the Tramp bot feature in top ten film faves

Lady and the Tramp bot feature in top ten film faves

The poll marked World Animal Day, whose mission was "to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe".

What better time to celebrate than amid suich animal-themed blockbusters as Ice Age: Collision Course, The Secret Life of Pets, Kung Fu Panda 3 and $1 billion-busting box office blockbuster Zootropolis (aka Zootopia).

And this month sees release of hotly-tipped creature feature Storks, voiced by likes of Jennifer Aniston, Adam Samberg and Ty Burrell.

TOP 20 FAVOURITE MOVIE ANIMALS WE’D LOVE TO HAVE AS PETS

Storks set to be next big creature feature

Storks set to be next big creature feature

1. Lassie the Dog (Lassie)

2. Nemo the Fish (Finding Nemo)

3. Top Cat the Cat (Top Cat)

4. Bambi the Deer (Bambi)

5. Lady the Dog (Lady and the Tramp)

6. Winnie the Pooh (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)

7. Tramp the Dog (Lady and the Tramp)

8. Marley the Dog (Marley & Me)

9. Beethoven the Dog (Beethoven)

10. Dory the Fish (Finding Dory)

11. Baloo the Bear (The Jungle Book)

12. Sid the Sloth (Ice Age)

13. Black Beauty the Horse (Black Beauty)

14. Simba the Lion (Lion King)

15. Dumbo the Elephant (Dumbo)

16. Stuart Little the Mouse (Stuart Little)

17. Lucky the Dalmatian (101 Dalmatians)

18. Babe the Pig (Babe)

19. Po the Panda (Kung Fu Panda)

20. Kermit the Frog (The Muppets)