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The Plague Dogs (1982)

Two dogs escape from a laboratory and are hunted as possible carriers of the bubonic plague.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Snitter (voice)
Rowf (voice)
The Tod (voice)
Dr. Boycott (voice)
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)
Farmer's Wife (voice)
John Bennett ...
Don (voice)
John Franklyn-Robbins ...
Williamson (voice)
Bill Maynard ...
Editor (voice)
Robert (voice)
Pekingese (voice)


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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Escape to a different World...And share the adventure of a lifetime.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 October 1982 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Die Hunde sind los  »

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The film was created entirely without the use of rotoscoping or computers. See more »


[first lines]
Stephen Powell: I think he's starting to pack it in.
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Time and Tide
Written by Alan Price
Performed by Alan Price
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9 April 2004 | by (uk) – See all my reviews

simply the best animated film i have seen.nemo's great but this one hits you in places others won't and probably never will again..i watched this back in the early 80's and never forgot it..its great that it has been released on dvd as i have been after it for years..for all those who have not seen it i recommend you to see it as it will always stay with you..its not your average kids animated movie and many were shocked when it was first released..there is one particlar gory scene with a farmer and a shotgun, say no more don't want to spoil it..and this scene could not have been animated and script better...beats watership down every time! I have never been so moved as i have with this film..

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