The Anchorman films would be nothing without Baxter—the loveable, adventurous, and even multi-lingual pet companion of Will Ferrell’s character, Ron Burgandy. The character plays a pivotal role in both films, but how much do you really know about this famous movie dog character? Take a look at the following five things that you (probably!) didn’t know about this comedic movie dog.
Baxter is named after Ted Baxter from the Mary Tyler Moore Show
The writers behind the film decided to name Ron Burgandy’s dog Baxter after the fake newsanchor Ted Baxter from the popular Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Baxter had to be recast for the sequel
In the original Anchorman film, Baxter was played by a female dog named Peanut. Unfortunately, Peanut passed away in between 2004 and 2013 (her exact date of death is unknown) and the role of Baxter had to be recast. The dog who was newly cast in the role, Quince, is a male.
Quince did not have much experience in acting prior to Anchorman 2
Although most “movie dogs” have plenty of experiencing and training in the field, Quince was fairly new to the industry. He knew a few basic commands, such as “go” and “walk,” but had to be trained more extensively during filming in ordre to perform the myriad of tricks and actions required of him. The only major experience Quince had prior to Anchorman 2 was performing as the Grinch’s dog in a stage adaptation of the show.
Three dogs were cast as Baxter for Anchorman 2, but only one was needed for the final film
The producers behind the film cast three different dogs as Baxter in order to make sure they would have enough dogs on hand to perform the role. However, Quince picked up his new tricks very quickly and ended up being the only dog to perform in the film.
Quince had to do “press tours” for Anchorman 2
It’s not just the human actors who have to make appearances for the press! For his role as Baxter in Anchorman 2, Quince the dog was required to make several appearances and even give ‘interviews’ where he barked on cue in response to questions asked by reporters. Quince’s trainer noted that he often got tired towards the end of these interviews and would refuse to answer any more questions.