Fun Academy Motion Pictures Hosts Sgt. Stubby Lookalike Contest for Lovable Mutts Awaiting a Home!

Marching Into Theaters April 13th, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, Based on the Real-Life Story of America’s First and Most Decorated War Dog in History, is a Heartwarming ‘Tail’ for the Entire Family!

Starring Logan Lerman, Helena Bonham Carter & Gérard Depardieu

Academy Motion Pictures, the production company behind the much-anticipated animated feature film Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, is celebrating National Love Your Pet Day, Feb. 20, by hosting a Sgt. Stubby lookalike contest to highlight how life-changing animal adoption can be and to support the efforts of animal rescue organizations across the country!

In theaters nationwide April 13, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero is based on the true story of a small stray who was rescued off the streets by an American Soldier on the eve of World War I. With the love of his new family, Stubby rises above his beginnings to become a true, four-legged hero, making him an important figure in the world of animal adoption.

CONTEST RULES: Animal rescue organizations may submit the photo of one adoptable dog they feel resembles Sgt. Stubby to Fun Academy via email between Feb. 20-27, 2018. On Feb. 28, submitted photos will be displayed on the Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero Facebook page and will be eligible for voting until March 8:

PRIZES: Winning organizations will be announced via Facebook March 9, 2018. One grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 donation and second and third place winners will each receive $250. Additionally, the first 100 entrants will be awarded $50 to assist with adoption fees.

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Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero is such an amazing story of faith and courage,” says Jacy Jenkins, director of partnerships and outreach for Fun Academy. “While this heartwarming film is entertainment for the entire family, it also brings with it a sense of responsibility to use our platform for good. These animal organizations are in the trenches every day helping dogs just like Stubby – and other loving animals – find a home and we want to support them in their efforts. When you adopt an animal, you truly get back more than you give.”

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero is based on the incredible true story of the unbreakable bond between a young soldier and a stray dog who, for his valorous feats, is still recognized today as the first dog promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army, the most decorated dog in American history and is widely considered the forerunner to the U.S. Army’s working dog program. Set against the backdrop of America’s entry into World War I, this computer-animated feature shows the world that the greatest heroes can come from the unlikeliest of places in a heartwarming “tail” for the entire family.

Beyond his military exploits, Stubby’s status as an adopted stray has resulted in nearly a century of recognition by animal rescues and welfare organizations and Fun Academy has partnered with more than 70 regional and national animal organizations across all 50 states to shine a light on the human-animal bond and the amazing things adopted animals can do when given a chance in life.

In Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero …

Photo courtesy of the Division of Military History, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

With the “War to End all Wars” looming, the life of Army “doughboy” Robert Conroy (Logan Lerman) is forever changed when a little stray dog with a stubby tail wanders into a training camp in New Haven, Conn. Conroy gives his new friend a meal, a name, a family and the chance to embark on an adventure that would define a century.

Narrated by Robert’s sister Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter), Stubby and his new best friend quickly find themselves in the trenches of France. Befriended by French poilu Soldier Gaston Baptiste (Gérard Depardieu), Stubby accompanies the duo along their epic journey through harsh conditions and incredible acts of courage.

For valorous actions above and beyond his small stature, Stubby is recognized as the most decorated dog in history and the first dog promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army, showing the world that the greatest heroes can come from the unlikeliest of places.

About the Real-Life Stubby …

Photo courtesy of the Division of Military History, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

Before he was a hero, Stubby was homeless, unwanted, unwashed and unloved, scrounging for scraps on the streets of New Haven, Conn. in 1917—until he was taken in by Private First Class Robert Conroy of the 102nd Infantry Regiment, 26th “Yankee” Division.

In France, Stubby saw frontline action in four offensives and 17 battles. He found wounded Soldiers, saved an entire company by alerting the men to don gas masks and even caught a German spy. After the recapture of Château-Thierry, the women of the town made him an embroidered jacket that would serve as Stubby’s uniform and display his numerous awards throughout the rest of his career.

His exploits made front-page news in the U.S. and earned him the rank of Sergeant, the first time an animal is recognized as having been promoted through combat. Returning home to a hero’s welcome, Stubby and Conroy toured the country leading victory parades and met three sitting U.S. presidents, among other honors.

About Fun Academy Motion Pictures

Fun Academy Motion Pictures is a Georgia-based film studio bringing innovative educational entertainment to audiences worldwide through partnerships with motion picture exhibitors. Fun Academy is a trademark of Fun Academy Incorporated – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fun Academy Media Group, Ltd., an Irish corporation – and is registered in the United States of America and the European Union.

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