A young dog struggles to learn how to find a job.

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Al Simmons ...
Bob Dog (voice)
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Francine Kirsch ...
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Annis Kozub ...
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Tasia Kozub ...
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Kate McDonald ...
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Ray St. Germain ...
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Bob Dog tries several jobs, but gets canned immedately. He returns home and gets pulled into a TV commercial for a K-Tel style album whose songs outline job search techniques, like You Gotta Have a Plan. He goes on an interview: after passing through a waiting room full of big scary characters, he is rejected immediately. For his next interview, he gets more aggressive too much so. For his last interview, he comes in as a one-man-band and is immediately ejected. He finds himself confronted by scary street characters who mock him for not having a job and awakens to the end of the commercial, and a ringing telephone. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Get a Job
Lyrics & Music by The Silhouettes
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A fun cartoon to watch if you have any free time
3 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

Hello, there. The other day, I was browsing around the internet, and I noticed a box with this movie in it- so I clicked on it. It was a bizarre trip through insanity. Afterwards, I looked through its Wikipedia page- which, like most short independent films- only had a few lines of text-and I learned that it took SEVEN YEARS to produce this short 10 minutes of mildly amusing animation. That's pretty ironic for a film which stresses the importance of productivity. I can just imagine the creator of this mess, leaned over his drawing board like a madman, sketching every single frame, one by one- nice to know that he made a lot of effort, but it took SEVEN YEARS to produce. And it was not worth it.

There are better things one could produce in seven years. It's a good film, don't get me wrong, but if you're going to take seven years on something, and it only turns out to be ten minutes, you have to make sure that those ten minutes are the best they possibly could be. I don't think these ten minutes reached their full potential. Still, a nice cartoon, with some real heart behind it. Definitely better than any other modern cartoon- Spongebob or something- more refined, more intellectual, but it could be quite honestly used to prove that those folks up in Canada are off their rocker.

It would be foolish to ignore the blatant fact that the thing is really only a well disguised piece of capitalist propaganda, demanding that the individual fit into society, and making the process of labor seem simple, ignoring the bureaucratic processes and legal technicalities inherent in acquiring even the most simple of jobs. I'm shocked that not one scene in the whole thing showed the main character filling out hundreds of forms and providing thousands of I.D.'s and so on- that could have been well played up for comedic effect- or perhaps getting a job was simpler in 1980s Canada. I suppose I'll never know.

The film's style of animation is incredibly refreshing- it makes it fun to sit through- but it shows how far behind Canada is in terms of the times- this is a 1950s style cartoon made in 1985- but it mimics the style pretty darn well. I could take it as coming from the pen of Tex Avery himself. One thing I might point out, though, is that the characters look a bit bizarre- The main character's nose is ONE THIRD the size of his head- and the Latin Salsa dancer's hips are tiny- she doesn't seem to have any legs whatsoever- but otherwise the character design remains very consistent and well thought out.

It's a good cartoon. The music, in particular, is good- they must have hired some good singers for this- and the lyrics rhyme well. This is a flurry of nostalgia- quaint, humorous, and oddball- not worth watching all the time, but if you have an interest in good animation- not that stupid Pixar stuff- real old-timey animation. It should have been longer, really- ten minutes is all too short a period to make a good story- but still a good effort. six out of ten. Maybe six and a half.


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