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My Dog Tulip2009

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  • 4.0
Beautifully animated and featuring the voices of Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave and Isabella Rossellini, MY DOG TULIP is a bittersweet retrospective account of author J. R. Ackerley’s sixteen year relationship with his adopted Alsatian bitch, Tulip. The distinguished British man of letters, Ackerley hardly thought of himself as a dog lover when, well into middle age, he came to adopt Tulip: a beautiful, yet intolerable eighteen month old German shepherd. To his surprise, she turned out to be the love of his life, the “ideal friend” he had been searching for in vain for so many years. In vivid and sometimes startling detail, the film reveals Tulip’s sassy, often erratic behavior (and very canine tastes) and Ackerley’s fumbling but determined efforts to ensure an existence of perfect happiness for her. A profound and subtle mediation on the strangeness that lies at the heart of all relationships, 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.

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More true than any dog story you have probably ever heard or seen: the happiness, the inconveniences, the displacement by the dog of other humans, and, yes, egee866, the excreta.

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There are plenty of movies about dogs, but precious few that detail the agonies and ecstasies of dog ownership. Tulip proves to be a mercurial and challenging life partner, as our curmudgeonly narrator tends humorously to the indignities of poop-scooping and any number of other earthy tasks well known to any canine keeper. Animator/director Fierlinger brings his inimitable hand-drawn style to bear with a fluid approach reminiscent of pen-and-ink drawing with a watercolor wash. It's a sophisticated film with something novel to say about man's best friend and the surprising places we find true love.

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More true than any dog story you have probably ever heard or seen: the happiness, the inconveniences, the displacement by the dog of other humans, and, yes, egee866, the excreta.

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Very strange film. When I saw it, it was sold as a delightful tale about a grumpy old man's relationship with his dog....which it is, but also sounds as though it would be meant for children...and this one is not...basically the main character spends the entire film trying to mate his dog (nothing wrong with that, except when it's sold as a delightful tale about their relationship. I saw this film years ago and I'm writing from memory, so I might be being too harsh.

A very honest and realistic ordinary story about a man and his dog. Beautiful movie.

what a beautiful film, so wonderfully narrated and so amazingly sweet. I cried my butt off and could relate to a lot of the things Tulip did as I live them with my wonderful pups.

Less about the dog than her misanthropic human. Neither of them well socialized or well adjusted. It made me sad. Ah, well, at least they had each other.

Charming animation and wonderful story of man's best friend.

Very funny and beautifully animated. I am going to search out the book.

A very literate and interesting story of a relationship between man and dog but far too much time spent on the scatological aspects of dog ownership.