Explore Seamus’ role in Finch on Apple TV Plus

Bullfinchavailable to stream on Apple TV Plus, is your classic story of a boy and his dog, starring Tom Hanks (Finch), Caleb Landry Jones (Jeff) and Seamus (Goodyear). It’s a simple story, with a simple truth about the bond between man and dog, set in extraordinary circumstances.

This setting is a world ravaged by human neglect. With the atmosphere in tatters, solar flares have wreaked havoc on our way of life. Create weather events that rage unpredictably for weeks and a deadly sun to stand under.

Finch relies on his own ingenuity and intellect to survive well enough to care for his dog, Goodyear (Seamus). Over time, however, Finch’s health has deteriorated due to radiation poisoning, and he is only too aware that his time and food are running out. How Goodyear will survive after his inevitable death becomes his sole mission, purpose, and reason for living.

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A former robotics engineer and computer scientist, Finch is better equipped than your average movie survivor to tackle post-apocalyptic style obstacles.

Overall, its survival methods, priorities and innovations are practical, science-based and completely revolve around Goodyear. For example, he transformed a standard motorhome into a weatherproof fortress of escape, when St. Louis will inevitably run out of resources. Plus, a dog-like robot to help retrieve Goodyear’s meals, plus parts to build him a new guardian – a robot that will outlive Finch, with extensive dog care and survival programming.

Now, at first glance, Goodyear seems very skeptical about this robot, later named Jeff. But the mere fact that we, the audience, echo this skepticism says a lot about how the filmmakers used cinematic language to give Goodyear dialogue. They took great pains to make us understand the long-standing bond between Finch and Goodyear, and Seamus’ emotive ability communicates the rest.

What this gives us is a way to understand that while Goodyear has concerns about Jeff, he’s convinced Finch is behind him. From there, the story of Bullfinch takes off, quickly becoming an adventure story on the road. The one where a boy and his dog have to learn how to wrap a robot in their circle of trust, and where a robot born yesterday has to learn how to earn that spot.

Goodyear: A Fully Realized Canine Character

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Canine characters in movies tend to be one of two things – a sidekick or a plot.

Dogs are rarely the show stopper, the star, or the heart of the story. They often exist to advance a human story, to help a human character learn something about themselves, or sometimes they’re even just a cute sidekick, meant to distract you from a lack of story.

But in Bullfinch, we get something quite different. “He’s not my dog. He’s his own dog,” Finch says.

Goodyear is a fully realized canine character who defies these tropes. He is truly “his own dog”, who is characterized as a being who cares about Finch, just as Finch cares about him. Different methods, but equal importance. As a character, Goodyear does not exist to facilitate Finch’s story; it’s the contrary. Finch exists in this story for Jeff to learn to care for Goodyear, and for Goodyear to learn to trust someone who isn’t Finch. Ultimately, it’s the non-human characters in the movie that get all the growth, which is unique. Finch helps them achieve that growth, not the other way around.

For a dog to have that kind of role in a movie, the writers, filmmakers, and actors all need to have a sincere understanding and respect for the vital role dogs play in human life. And, of course, you need an exceptional canine actor, perhaps with a bit of real experience in the trust department.

Seamus: homeless wandering to a movie star

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Goodyear is played by Seamus, a Irish Terrier Mixwhich has an amazing story.

Seamus is not a posh Hollywood hound, trained to perfection to pull the maximum on the heart. Once upon a time, there was a malnourished stray that was declared unadoptable due to a failed temperament test. Like countless others currently in shelters awaiting euthanasia.

Thankfully, Seamus avoided that fate thanks to the kindness of dog lovers and everyday professionals. Two women, in particular, have played a vital role in Seamus’ story. Melissa Ryan, owner of Daly Dog Care in Hamilton, Montana, and Mara Segal, owner of Rescue of the Redwood Pals in McKinleyville, California.

Ryan found Seamus, along with his pit bull travel companion, Josie, on his way to California via Route 36 — for the stranger, it’s basically Middle of Nowhere, California. In the rain, she spent an hour gaining enough trust with these dogs to lure them into her truck. According to Ryan, Seamus was “cold, covered in mud, a little emaciated, covered in ticks…and very, very hungry.” While Ryan’s current circumstances didn’t allow her to take the dogs on her own, she fed them, cleaned them, picked up as many ticks as possible off Seamus, and kept in touch with animal control.

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At the animal control shelter, Josie and Seamus were tested for their temperament. Josie passed and was quickly adopted, but Seamus failed due to aggression towards other dogs. Often, refuge anxiety can have this effect. Fortunately, Redwood Pals Rescue was waiting in the wings to give this good boy the second chance he should never have needed.

Segal and his crew spent quality time with Seamus and learned who the pup really was outside of the trauma of abandonment. Once they were sure that his alleged assault shouldn’t stop him from finding a forever home, they began publishing his picture in local newspapers and national listings. According to Segal, they never imagined Hollywood would be interested in it, “we were doing publicity for him, just to find him a home,” she told us.

Around the same time, a Hollywood animal trainer named Jennifer Henderson was looking for a pup with the right look for live action. the Lady and the Tramp. After spotting Segal’s ads for Seamus, she contacted Redwood Pals. Segal explained to us that it didn’t take long for Seamus to defeat Henderson. A few emails, videos, and photos later, and she was heading north to have dinner with Segal and meet Seamus.

Then, the next day, he left for Hollywood.

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As it happens, Seamus didn’t get the role. the Lady and the Trampbut another Hollywood trainer, Mark Forbes, took an interest in him during Bullfinch. According to Forbes, Seamus sparked an instant connection with Tom Hanks. “Before we knew it, he and Tom were rolling on the floor,” Forbes said. SyFy.

Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be easy to navigate from there. Between the pandemic and two surgeries, Seamus had to endure to clean a blockage in his intestinesthe film’s release would be delayed until November 2021 from its original October 2020 release.

Meanwhile, Ryan and Segal, both sworn to secrecy, have been eagerly awaiting the good boy they saved to make his big-screen debut. Once able, they both used his story as a shining example of all the “diamonds in the rough,” as Segal calls them, still needing homes. Ryan even keeps a Finch poster in his shop, next to a picture of Seamus.

As for the dog himself, Seamus is now living the good life as a pampered Hollywood star on a ranch in California, with an animal trainer and dog lover named Angela. She welcomed Ryan and Segal to her ranch whenever they wanted to check on Seamus.

Does Finch advocate for dog-centric issues?

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Bullfinch, as a narrative movie, doesn’t deal with dog defense issues, which is fine. You can’t fit that kind of message into every story, and the movie, as mentioned, does a wonderful job of championing the bond between man and dog.

But we would have liked to see credit given to these amazing people who helped bring Seamus into the fold. Without them, who knows where it would be today. Certainly not a Hollywood movie set.

That being said, the production and Apple TV Plus are to be commended for taking care of the surgeries Seamus needed, taking care of him through his recovery, and finding him the loveliest forever home. after production. In addition, the production fully respected the American Humane Association’s No Animals Harm Initiative, with reps on set throughout. Good job.

How to Watch Finch on Apple TV Plus

Bullfinch is an Apple TV Plus Original Movie and is currently available to stream with a paid subscription.

If you want to watch Finch and check out Apple TV Plus’ extensive catalog of original series and movies, you can sign up for a 7-day free trial here. Or, if you recently purchased any Apple device, your purchase includes a 3-month subscription to the Apple TV Plus service.

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