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Animal Actors School Stage (?1970 - 2001)
Universal's Animal Actors (2006 - present)

Animal Actors stage - April 2006The Animal Actors stage is on the Upper Lot. Animal performers have been a feature of the Universal tour since the very early days. At one point it was more precisely named "Lassie's Animal Stage" to celebrate the massive success of the movie dog.

The Animal Actors show moved into the Castle Theatre while the Animal Planet retheming to the main Animal stage was underway. (January – April 2001)

The Animal Planet theming was removed in March 2006 and the Animal Actors stage recovered it's previous identity as the "Hollywood Animal Actors Stage" (see photo left) and then evolved into "Universal's Animal Actors". The show continued to run while it was rethemed which resulted in a few gaffes like Animal Planet Live logos still visible being visible in the "Ham Cam" video footage, and the show host mentioning the channel a couple of times. Within a few weeks, these were ironed out, and the show was fully rethemed and updated by June 2006.

Photo Gallery

Ray Berwick, trainer of movie stars, pictured around 1975 Hollywood Animal Actors sign - April 2006 Universals Animal Actors sign - June 2006 That classic brasiere and dog gag, July 2006. Photo by Devon Whitehead The Animal Actors Stage (known as Animal House) had a Beethoven Theme in 1995. Photo by yeoh_ts (http://www.flickr.com/photos/yeoh_ts/) The rather plain Animal Actors Stage in October 1988. Photo by Cathie O'Dea, London UK The Animal Actors Stage, June 1982 (photo by Judy and Frank) Jake and Tammy prepare for their on-screen roles, from Viewmaster Universal Studios collection
Animal Actors stage - April 2006
Ray Berwick, trainer of movie stars, pictured around 1975
Hollywood Animal Actors sign - April 2006
Universals Animal Actors sign - June 2006
That classic brasiere and dog gag, July 2006. Photo by Devon Whitehead
The Animal Actors Stage (known as Animal House) had a Beethoven Theme in 1995. Photo by yeoh_ts (http://www.flickr.com/photos/yeoh_ts/)
The rather plain Animal Actors Stage in October 1988. Photo by Cathie O'Dea, London UK
The Animal Actors Stage, June 1982 (photo by Judy and Frank)
Jake and Tammy prepare for their on-screen roles, from Viewmaster Universal Studios collection

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