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Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale (1986)

Featuring the characters from Murray Ball's "Footrot Flats", (New Zealand's most beloved local cartoon strip ). Questions to be answered include: Will Wal Footrot win the affections of ... See full summary »

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Murray Ball

Writers:

Murray Ball (characters), Murray Ball (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Clarke ... Wal (voice)
Peter Rowley Peter Rowley ... Dog (voice)
Rawiri Paratene ... Rangi (voice)
Fiona Samuel Fiona Samuel ... Cheeky Hobson / Pongo (voice)
Peter Hayden Peter Hayden ... Cooch Windgrass / Irish Murphy (voice)
Dorothy McKegg Dorothy McKegg ... Aunt Dolly (voice)
Billy T. James Billy T. James ... Pawai (voice)
Brian Sergent ... Spit Murphy (voice)
Marshall Napier ... Hunk Murphy (voice)
Michael Haigh Michael Haigh ... Rugby Commentator (voice)
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Featuring the characters from Murray Ball's "Footrot Flats", (New Zealand's most beloved local cartoon strip ). Questions to be answered include: Will Wal Footrot win the affections of Cheeky Hobson over the sleazy Spit Murphy? Will the Dog win the affections of the lovely Jess? Will Wal make a good impression on the All Black selectors at Saturdays rugby match? Can Rangi and Pongo save Cooch's prize stag from the depths of Blackwater station, home of the Murphy's, their vicious dogs and deadly croco-pigs? All this and more will be answered as the small town of Raupo comes to life on the big screen. Written by Evan Yates

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia | New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1986 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tail Tale See more »

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Trivia

This is the first full-length animated feature made by the New Zealand film industry. See more »

Quotes

Wal: [after closing his cupboard, stuff on top falls on him] Ah, shit!
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Crazy Credits

The copyright warning has the added message "Anyone caught pirating this picture will be eaten by The Murphys' Hellhounds." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Outrageous Fortune: Get Thee to Bed (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Slice of Heaven
Written by Dave Dobbyn
Performed by Dave Dobbyn & Herbs
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Warm moonlight over our horizons

Vale Murray Ball - and thank you TV3 for screening this homage to a bygone era.

Yes it's dated, sexist, homophobic and probably racist to boot, but there's still something quintessentially endearingly cheerful about this snapshot in time of a bygone age.

Our heroes face Homerically impossible odds against the evil forces of the Murphys, rats, wild pigs, the weather and anything else you can think of - but time after time they snatch victory from the jaws of defeat - this is the kind of spirit that led to the invention of Number 8 fencing wire, this is New Zealand...


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