Dogsters, I just got a note from a film-loving friend in NYC about a new animated dog film that’s sure to be a hit with people who love dogs. My Dog Tulip, featuring the voices of Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave, and Isabella Rossellini, opened today in NYC, and will be making the rounds in major U.S. theaters in the coming months. (Looks like it arrives here in San Francisco on Oct. 15!) You can check out the schedule here to see if it’s coming to a theater near you. The schedule will be updated when new cities book the film.
My Dog Tulip — which bills itself as an animated movie for adults — is based on the memoir of writer J.R. Ackerly. Truman Capote called the book “One of the greatest books ever written by anybody in the world.” It’s a tale of mutual devotion between a curmudgeon and his canine, Tulip, a rescued German shepherd. Since my friend hasn’t seen the movie, and I haven’t seen it, here’s a little review I found on IMDb that might give you a better idea of it:
I have been dying to see this film since I first heard about it over a year ago and finally saw it, and, not only did it live up to my very high expectations – it surpassed them!
Based on the classic book, “My Dog Tulip” by J.R. Ackerley, this film is an absolute treat from start to finish. It’s an animated film and every frame is a work of art. It was hand-drawn but not on paper – it’s the first film to be drawn on a tablet and over 100,000 drawings were made. You can almost feel the love and devotion that went into this touching story.
It’s about a lonely man, who, quite by chance, acquires a German Shepherd dog, who turns out to be the love of his life! I’m sure anyone who has ever loved a dog will enjoy this story. However, just because it’s animated doesn’t mean it’s aimed at children. Quite the contrary – it’s definitely for adults as much of the movie involves Ackerley’s frustrated attempts to find a mate for Tulip.
If you’re a dog-lover, an artist, or just someone who appreciates a good film, do yourself a favour and go see this wonderfully unique film! I can’t wait to see it again!
I have a sneaky feeling a packet of Kleenex will be handy. To learn more about My Dog Tulip, check out the film’s website.