My Dog Tulip

Recommended

83 min. minutes | Rated NR

J. R. Ackerley's memoir My Dog Tulip is one of the great entertaining books about dog ownership, in part because it doesn't shy away from the meat and refuse that goes along with animals. This animated version of the memoir is charming in the exact same way: Ackerley as a narrator (Christopher Plummer's voice work has a sly misanthropic twinkle) doesn't seem very interested in people, but he is immediately smitten with Tulip, his "Alsatian bitch." Tulip's squiggly, sketchy animation feels intimate and friendly. A few sequences employ clever storytelling conceits to keep things interesting, but it is, for the most part, almost an hour and a half of a man talking to us about his dog. The dog, we quickly learn, is nothing special - Tulip isn't well behaved or clever - but Ackerley's love for her above everything else in the world, including his sister and friends, makes the film extraordinary.

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Film Credits
Director
Paul Fierlinger, Sandra Fierlinger
Cast
Christopher Plummer, Isabella Rossellini, Lynn Redgrave, Peter Gerety, Brian Murray, Paul Hecht, Euan Morton