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Guard Dog (2004)

Why do dogs bark at such innocent creatures as pigeons and squirrels... what are they afraid of? This film answers that eternal question.

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Bill Plympton

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Bill Plympton
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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An exuberant dog that growls, barks, and shows his teeth at the slightest provocation convinces his owner to take him on a walk. The dog pulls on the leash as they head for the park. Once there, a series of animals (a bug, a bluebird, a mole, and others) as well as a flower attack the dog's owner while the dog is always late or ineffective in performing his guardian duties. Will all end well as the dog escorts his owner home? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

14 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El perro guardián See more »

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Plymptoons See more »
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Color
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Featured in The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) See more »

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Composed and Performed by Maureen McElheron and Hank Bones
(c) 2004 Plymptunes and Hank Bones Music
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Amazingly clever
29 October 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful short film and I certainly am not surprised that it nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Short. Like most of Bill Plympton's shorts, this one is wonderfully drawn and hilarious from start to finish.

The film begins with a crazy looking dog (the same one that appeared in another Plympton short, GUIDE DOG) and it shows his thoughts as he and his master go on a walk. Like many small dogs, this one is very yappy and for once you can see why the dog is this way--as he imagines an amazing array of dangers awaiting his beloved owner. The perceived dangers are so over-the-top and silly that you can't help but laugh. From a little girl to a squirrel to a grasshopper--EVERYTHING seems to be trying to kill the guy--at least from the point of view of the dumb dog. The best, by far, is the little gag involving Ronald McDonald, but I'll say no more--just see it for yourself.

Exquisite animation and insightful writing--this is one funny short film you should not miss.


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