My Dog Tulip (2009)
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A bittersweet account of the author's 14-year relationship with his adopted Alsatian, MY DOG TULIP was written, directed and animated by award-winning filmmakers Paul and Sandra Fierlinger, and is the first animated feature ever to be entirely hand drawn and painted utilizing paperless computer technology. An official selection of the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, MY DOG TULIP is based on the book by British author and distinguished man of letters J.R. Ackerley. Ackerley hardly
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Manages to say more about man's relationship with dogs in a single, lush frame than 'Marley and Me' would if it were to run on a loop until the end of time.
It's an oddity, this film: a wry, wobbly cartoon made expressly for grown-ups, featuring quirky hand-drawn animation and very little dialogue outside the central voiceover.
A beautifully illustrated love letter to dogs and the people who own them...
A marvelous animated feature, full of quiet joy, honest sorrow, wisdom and a wealth of clinical detail both excremental and reproductive, all rendered in a charming style approximating the dog drawings of James Thurber.
It is told from and by an adult sensibility that understands loneliness, gratitude and the intense curiosity we feel for other lives, man and beast.
A wonderful animated movie for anyone who's ever experienced dog ownership at its most glorious, and most embarrassing.
On and on the indefatigable Plummer talks, to the point that instead of his words endearing you to the film it begins to feel more like the cinema speakers are picking up interference from Radio 4.
We are treated to far too much detail about trying to house train Tulip and exactly when, where and how she relieves herself.
Here's a rare beast: an animated film about a dog that resists the urge to sentimentalise or anthropomorphise its canine protagonist, yet understands the human urge to do just that.
Affably voiced by Christopher Plummer, Ackerley is at once enormously affectionate and beadily observan, while the clever graphic style marks the switch between straightforward narration and surreal doggy reverie.
Rarely has a needy bond between human and pet felt more unsentimentally and perfectly observed.
Unlike most celluloid tales about man's best friend, this study in dedication, defecation and reproduction sometimes feels like an intrusion into a very private affair.
Is My Dog Tulip the best film ever about a dog? Is it Citizen Canine? My answer, yes.
More Harold And Maude than Marley & Me; amusing, insightful and a little perverse.
A delightful animation for adults, its lack of sentiment makes it an anti-Marley.
As embraceable as it is, Tulip often feels as if it would have been a better animated short than a feature.
Many films have been written about the bonds between man and beast but few are as wise, as witty, or as unflinchingly founded in observation as My Dog Tulip.
- J.R. Ackerley: Dogs read the world through their noses and write their history in urine.
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