Daddy’s Home

A mild stepfather faces his greatest challenge when the real father arrives and tries to re-insert himself in their family.   
  • Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg
  • Director(s): Sean Anders
  • Producer(s): Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy, Adam McKay, John Morris   
  • Screenwriter(s): Brian Burns, Sean Anders, John Morris
  • Distributor: Paramount Pictures
  • Animal Coordinator: Boone’s Animals
  • Release Date: Friday, December 25, 2015

Featured Animal Action

Throughout the film, the Will Ferrell character has a pet dog, who is seen performing such mild action as sitting/standing/lying, being held or petted, and walking/running on or off leash. For all of these scenes, trainers used hand signals and verbal commands to cue the mild action, which the trained dog was accustomed to performing. The barking/growling was also a trained behavior.

In the scene where the dog growls at the main actor, the trainer stood right of the camera, holding a stick. The dog watched the stick and barked. After calling cut, the trainer rewarded the dog with a treat. 

In the scene where we see the dog sitting with the kids in the treehouse, there were two trainers on hand. The first trainer was giving hand cues to bark. Meanwhile, there was another trainer in the treehouse itself, who gave the dog a treat after he barked. The trainer brought the dog back to the ground safely after filming the scene.

In the scene where the dog humps the doll, the dog has his own “humper towel.” Trainers placed the dog’s humper towel in the sleeve of the doll so that the dog would hump it. On action, the dog was given the direction to hump the doll by the trainer and subsequently rewarded when they called cut. 

In the scene where the actor leads the pony into the house, trainers showed the actor how to lead the pony with the rope. 

In the scene where actor holds the puppy on the balcony, and the puppy pees,  two cameras were in the front yard facing the house and looking up at the balcony. The trainer gave specific instructions to the actors on how to hold the puppy and where to hold the puppy on the balcony.  The dog pee was added in post production with CGI.

In the scene where the dog pulls on the man’s pant leg, prior to shooting the scene the trainer placed a small foam type ball up the pant leg of the leg and the dog goes after it.  The dog was rewarded with treats.