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How celebrity pet Doug The Pug became The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ dog Monchi

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Like so many integral aspects of Netflix’s heartfelt, hilarious animated comedy The Mitchells vs. The Machines, the title family’s pet dog Monchi was inspired by events in the life of director Michael Rianda. When Rianda was in middle school, his older sister got a pug and named her Monchichi, after the monkey-like toy from Japan that was popular in the 1980s. Since Monchichi is copyrighted, the name had to be shortened for the film.

“Monchichi was sort of like Monchi in the movie,” Rianda tells Polygon. “Pugs are kind of beautifully tragic creatures. Their eyes are going the wrong way. They can barely breathe. But they’re so full of love and life, and they’re trying so hard, with a little smile on their face.”

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