Despite sporting possibly the two best quotes about the relationship between man and dogs, this animated depiction of Ackerly's book is too rife with the the significance and occurences of dog fluids. Christopher Plummer's narration and the homely, but excellent animation are endearing, but don't add enough spice to qualify this as engaging enough. While it is conceded the whole affair about Ackerly's real life story of his relationship with his dog--so titled--does make us care about each of them together and separately, the minutae is too much to really be of great value as a composite. The fanciful sequences that depict Tulip and other canine players in human terms just about do it, but not quite enough for this viewer. I know, given the alternative fair of this feature, it will no doubt garner a handful of devoted fans.
*** out of **** I've had two dogs so far in my lifetime. The first was named Chatom; I was born and then greeted by his natural warmth. He lived a good fourteen years and then passed away. A few years later; the family got Skipper, his name derived from my mother's flamboyant obsession with boating (skipper, for those who don't know, is just another word for captain). I loved both dogs; as a good owner should. I'll even admit to having some special sort … more
It’s hard to tell a story about a beloved pet without getting all sentimental and treacly. I think this is probably because owning a pet is, essentially, a sentimental thing to do; it almost requires that you anthropomorphize. Almost every pet movie I can think of, from “Old Yeller” to “Marley and Me,” tells a tear-jerking story of a beast whose qualities surpass those of its humans, but that beast must die, and we must cry, and the whole dying thing must take a terribly … more
Based on a 1956 memoir of the same name by British writer J.R. Ackerley, "My Dog Tulip" is an animated film about Ackerley's relationship with a German Shepherd named Tulip that he acquired when he was "quite over 50". At the time, Ackerley, a lonely bachelor who wasn't much of a dog-lover, had all but given up on his search for an "ideal friend", which I didn't realize until later actually meant "ideal BOYfriend". Once he adopts the rambunctious … more
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