Sunday, February 5, 2012

Must See Movie: "My Dog Tulip"

I will be honest; I didn't actually go out looking for this animated film; it just turned up on Showtime while flipping through channels.

And I am glad I saw it.

"My Dog Tulip" is an adult-oriented animated indie film released in 2009. The movie is based on the 1956 memoirs of J. R. Ackerley, BBC editor and novelist about his fifteen-year relationship with his German Shepherd Queenie, who was named Tulip for the movie.

What I have read online is that this was the first full release animation that was used on graphic software; no paper animations were made.

The movie in it's design is very simplistic and it's mostly sketches; the narration by Christopher Plummer as J.R. Ackerley, is superb. Be warned though, it's all narrated by Plummer with minor one-liners from others; in a thick British accent and verbose tone, which might bore some people.

But the story is wonderful. It's about how Ackerley adopted Tulip and how his behavior changed through the relationship, and how Tulip acted (even discussing her bowel movements and sexuality).

All I can say was that I enjoyed the style of the animations and the stripped down minimalism, the narration style, and the heartfelt story.

Find it and watch it!

Here's the trailer:

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