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[DVD Review] Jim Henson's Dog City: The Movie

10 June 2010 7:28 AM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Sesame Street. The Muppets. Labyrinth. Jim Henson is famous for many shows, films and characters. Dog City isn't one of them, but it's a great little piece of what made Jim Henson so special. It's a one-hour mini-movie, part of the short-lived 1989 prime time series The Jim Henson Hour. It's essentially a spoof of film noir, set in the 30s in a city populated by dogs. The story's narrated by Rowlf the Dog (one of Henson's earliest characters) and follows the good guy dog Ace Yu as he arrives in Dog City and takes on the resident gangster Bugsy Them. If you think this sounds like a hammy, self-aware parody with lots of bad puns, you're absolutely right. But it's great, and it actually won Jim Henson a Primetime Emmy for best Outstanding Directing in a Variety or Music Program.

The story opens up with a clever song number that »

- Brian Ronaghan

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