Titans Clash, Beasts Battle -- But ‘No Animals Were Harmed’

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Fantastic creatures dominate the action in Warner Bros. Pictures’ new release “Clash of the Titans,” but the creatures that dominated the set during production were the majestic black Friesian horses that took turns playing the role of Pegasus, the mythical winged horse. American Humane’s Certified Animal Safety Representatives™ were on set, monitoring the use of horses, an albino snake, an eagle, camels and oxen in the film, which earned American Humane’s “Monitored: Outstanding” rating and prestigious “No Animals Were Harmed”® end credit.

Two Friesian horses, Boech and Gallo, alternated playing Pegasus, to give each ample time to rest. And, although these elegant and powerful stallions impressed the mortals on the set with their ability to “run like the wind,” they couldn’t actually fly — so their wings were added in post-production using computer-generated imagery (CGI).

“The casting of Friesian horses to play Pegasus was perfect,” said Jone Bouman, head of communications for American Humane’s Film & Television Unit. “They are absolutely stunning animals with a commanding presence, and they really add something special to this movie. We also were impressed with the production’s safe and humane handling and treatment of these horses and all the other animals on the set.”

This remake of the popular 1981 movie of the same name stars Liam Neeson as Zeus, Ralph Fiennes as Hades, and Sam Worthington (of “Avatar”) as Perseus. Filming took place throughout Great Britain, with two American Humane Certified Animal Safety Representatives monitoring the animal action and ensuring compliance with American Humane’s “Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media.”

Established in 1940, American Humane’s Film & Television Unit is the leading authority on the safe use of animals in film. American Humane is the only animal welfare organization in the world with on-set jurisdiction from the Screen Actors Guild to supervise the use of animals. American Humane also is the only organization with the authority to issue the renowned “No Animals Were Harmed” end-credit disclaimer.

For more information about American Humane and its Film & Television Unit, please visitwww.americanhumane.org/film. To browse a listing of movies awarded American Humane’s “No Animals Were Harmed” end-credit disclaimer, as well as films that received other ratings, and for an explanation of how the animal action was achieved, visit http://www.americanhumane.org/protecting-animals/programs/no-animals-were-harmed/recently-released-movies.html.

About American Humane Association

Since 1877, the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty and abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.

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