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Once the Literary Editor of BBC magazine, The Listener, J.R. Ackerley went on to publish My Dog Tulip in 1956. His charming memoirs reflect upon his relationship with his dog, Tulip, from start to finish and make for both thoughtful and entertaining viewing. Husband and wife team, Paul and Sandra Fierlinger bring Tulip to life in the first ever animated feature to be entirely hand-drawn and directly painted onto computer technology.
Beginning with confirmed bachelor Ackerley's accidental acquisition of Alsatian bitch, Tulip, and running through her early history, first home and unsociable conduct, the film covers key points in Tulip's life, including her first trip to the vet, repeated failed attempts at mating and her final pregnancy. Ackerley's desperate attempts to mate Tulip are key to the film's humour - there's talk of "arranged marriage", "genealogy", finding a dog of a similar "class" and even a romantic scene as Ackerley watches »
Reviewer: James van Maanen
Rating (out of five): * * * *
The Queen and her Corgis, Churchill and his bulldog, J.R. Ackerley and Tulip. If that last one doesn't ring the bell, no matter: a gong may sound in perpetuity once you've seen the new animated film My Dog Tulip, the newest from husband-wife filmmaking team Paul and Sandra Fierlinger. J.R Ackerly, a British literary editor and writer, had his book of the same title (a reminiscence about the relationship between him and his dog) published in 1956 in England and later here in America. Reissued by New York Review Books in its Classic Series, Tulip is currently that series' best-seller.
While all this may sound a bit like the Brit version of Marley and Me, be assured that it is not. For one thing, Tulip is not a film for children. One of the first things to greet us on-screen are »
( The following review was first posted as part of our Sliff coverage on November 12, 2010)
Long, long ago in 1994 the release of an animated film using computer technology was a unique event. Since the success of that first Toy Story film, the hand drawn animated feature has become almost forgotten. It’s a pleasure to revisit those 2D day with the new animated film from Sandra and Paul Fierlinger My Dog Tulip based on the novel from J.R. Ackerley. but, as I discovered during the end credits, things are not always as they seem.
I should warn parents out there that although this is a film involving a cartoon dog, Tulip is quite unlike Lady, Tramp, or any of those Dalmatians. She behaves like a real dog. When she’s not eating, sleeping, or barking Tulip is relieving herself and later goes through the canine mating ritual. Although this her master »
- Jim Batts
3 items from 2011
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