Eight Below

Corrected entry: This movie has these dogs playfully barking almost constantly. These breeds of dogs, particularly Huskies, rarely, if ever, bark in a playful way. The only point in the movie where I would expect to hear barking would be during the leopard seal attack and it would be a very angry bark with a growl. Although mostly quiet, when happy, these breeds also groan, growl, and howl as their way of communicating, which is something you do not see in this movie.

Correction: As a siberian husky owner for 20 years, I can say with certainty and authority that all my huskies bark at each other during their play. This is especially so when one wants to play but others don't want to. The barker will try to taunt others into play, demanding engagement with increasingly louder and more frequent barking. It eventually escalates to poking with paws, chesting and/or chin or open-mouth-grazing contact to prompt engagement in play.

Corrected entry: Towards the end of the movie, when they are flying a helicopter, they are flying a helicopter from the Norwegian company AirLift, registered LN-OMB, very unlikely to have a Norwegian helicopter in New Zealand. Also, the boat they land on is named "Polarsyssel", a Norwegian name, and signs onboard are in Norwegian.


Correction: Considering they were on their way to a Norwegian research station, it is almost guaranteed they would be on a Norwegian chopper, and ship. Planes and ships by their very nature travel the world. I can go to an airport in Canada, and point out planes from numerous countries. An air charter place company from Canada is one of the largest transport companies, operating mostly from Argentina and New Zealand when they are supplying Antarctica research stations, and they use Canadian registered planes. No mistake.

Corrected entry: Throughout the movie the sound from the yellow DeHavilland Beaver airplane is that of a piston engine. The aircraft in the movie was a turboprop. A deliberate foley decision to make the plane sound more authentic, but a mistake nevertheless.

Correction: The aircraft in the movie resembles much more a DeHavilland Otter than a Beaver, even though it had the word Beaver painted on the side. The Beaver has a blunt rotary nose while the Otter has a pointy nose, sometimes confused for a Pilatus. The Otter was originally called a King Beaver, which might mean the plane in the movie is an early 1950's vintage, but soon renamed Otter, in both single and twin engine. The single engine plane, as seen in the movie, can either be a turboprop, or a radial piston engine. It can also have a PZL radial engine from an Antonov An-2. All this means, is that with the variety of engines available for the Otter, it could very well have a radial piston engine.

Corrected entry: When the dogs break off their chains and run away, it shows seven dogs running, but Maya and Old Jack are still back at the chain, so there should only have been six.

Correction: The scene is correct. It shows seven dogs running away initially, but Maya returns to Old Jack to try to get him to come with them. The next scenes show the dogs running after the birds, and we see Maya catches up to the others when they are watching the birds. Seven run from the chains, Maya returns to Jack, then rejoins the others at the bird area. No mistake.

Corrected entry: The dogs are on their own for 15 days before even trying to break free from the chains. Even if they didn't die of starvation before then, they shouldn't have enough strength left to break through thick chains.

Correction: Dogs can go a long time without food, as long as they have water. Huskies and Malamutes will eat snow for water. There was only one or two broken chains, which is possible due to metal fatigue, the rest slipped their collars to get loose. Even though the collars were tightened before they were abandoned, the dogs would have lost enough weight to slip free of the collars.

Corrected entry: In the opening scene, the dogs are shown in pairs, attached by a leash to the main line. The dogs on the right are supposed to be on the right of the main line, with their leashes attached at the left. The dogs on the left are supposed to be on the left of the main line, with their leashes attached on the right. All the dogs are lined up correctly in their pairs, except for one (he's on the right of the main line). Then, the next time they cut back to the group, he has miraculously switched to the other side where he was supposed to be.

Correction: Not so unusual. Take 8 high-energy, hyper dogs, clip them to the main tow line, and you are expecting them to sit quietly? Dogs always leap from side to side, and spin around until they get to work. There would have been plenty of time to put the dog where he's supposed to be between shots.

Corrected entry: The Antarctic winter should make it nighttime all the time, yet the days run a normal day-night cycle.

Correction: You're probably thinking of the Arctic, where the tilt of the earth makes it dark in the winter for about 2 months. In Antarctica, it is the same, the pole is tilted away from the sun also during its winter (June, July, August)

Continuity mistake: When Jerry and the Dr. are talking in the tent the first night on the way to the mountain, the Dr. shows Jerry a notebook with a picture of his wife and son. Jerry hands the notebook back twice in a repeat of the same shot.

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Mindo: Do you know why I told you this story?
Jerry Shepard: Because I won't find my dogs.
Mindo: The story's not about the dogs. It's about my father, honoring what the dogs had done for him.

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