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The Plague Dogs (1982)

PG-13  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Drama  |  3 December 1982 (UK)
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Two dogs escape from a laboratory and are hunted as possible carriers of the bubonic plague.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Snitter (voice)
Christopher Benjamin ...
Rowf (voice)
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The Tod (voice)
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Dr. Boycott (voice)
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Tyson / Wag (voice)
Bernard Hepton ...
Stephen Powell (voice)
Brian Stirner ...
Laboratory Assistant (voice)
Penelope Lee ...
Lynn Driver (voice)
Geoffrey Matthews ...
Farmer (voice) (as Geoffrey Mathews)
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ...
Farmer's Wife (voice)
John Bennett ...
Don (voice)
John Franklyn-Robbins ...
Williamson (voice)
Bill Maynard ...
Editor (voice)
Malcolm Terris ...
Robert (voice)
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Pekingese (voice)
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Storyline

An animated adaptation of Richard Adams' novel, about a pair of dogs (Snitter and Rowf) who escape from a research laboratory and try to survive in the wild with the help of a cunning fox (The Tod). The lab director tries to keep the escape quiet, but as an increasing number of sheep are found killed, word leaks out, together with rumours that the dogs might be plague carriers... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Rated PG-13 for violent images and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jeremy Irons originally read for the part of Rowf. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Stephen Powell: I think he's starting to pack it in.
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Referenced in Garfield: His 9 Lives (1988) See more »

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Time and Tide
Written by Alan Price
Performed by Alan Price
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The film noir of animated features.
11 March 2001 | by (Indianapolis, IN) – See all my reviews

Don't even think about showing this one to the kiddies. It's about two abused lab animals that escape only to find that the experiments that have been conducted on them leave them unfit to survive in the wild. Their desperate flight for survival leads them through a series of cruelties, heaped upon their lives already made wretched by torturous and seemingly unnecessary experimentation, that culminate in one of the most moving moments in the history of animation.

I've always thought that animation could be more than an after-market money-machine vehicle for creating cloyingly sweet garbage for which actors can earn voice-over money without having to be too closely associated with the work. And yes, that's what I think most animated features are.

But not this one.

Animation is a way of depicting what cannot be shown in live action films. In this case, we explore the tragedy of animal abuse in a way that will never let you forget what a crime it really is. Plague Dogs is insightful, brutally honest, and unflinchingly direct in exposing the gruesome truth about animal research. This is one of the greatest animated films ever made. I cannot recommend it highly enough.


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