“I smell your arse, you smell mine,” rings the chorus in the background, at one point in My Dog Tulip. Naturally, one would assume that in this man-and-his-dog tale, it is in reference to a courtship between two dogs, but here
“I smell your arse, you smell mine,” rings
the chorus in the background, at one point in My Dog Tulip. Naturally, one
would assume that in this man-and-his-dog tale, it is in reference to a
courtship between two dogs, but here, it could easily be a nod to the
disturbing relationship between the master and his beloved mutt.
Ah, man and his dog. Is there a stronger
bond than that of the human-canine bond? Not to mention the joy that
this unconditional love brings. But, we all know that it’s not all about scampering
through parks and chasing balls etc. On the other side of the coin, there’s the
untrained mutts that are intent on urinating and defecating everywhere, or otherwise engaged in
humping everything in their paths. Whilst most heed to the demands of their
masters, there are some that just don’t give a damn. How adorable is that pup
now? Well, apparently some are so blinded by canine love, and if My Dog Tulip
is anything to go by, scooping up poop with bare hands, setting up dates and
actually lubricating bitches’ love-holes to shove the (canine) penis in (oh,
yes!) is actually the lengths that dog owners will go to keep his pet sweet.
This is no Marley & Me (2010). My
Dog Tulip is a narrative about in in-your-face dog-love with such intensity
that borders on revolting. The hilarious, independent animation about
a lifelong bachelor and his troublesome Alsatian bitch was made by awarding
winning team, director Paul Fierlinger and his wife Rachel who can be credited
for creating the first animated feature ever to be entirely hand drawn and
painted utilising paperless computer technology (more than 58,000 drawings in
all). It is based on JR Ackerley’s novel of the same name, first published in
1956, a bittersweet account of his 14-year relationship with his adopted German
Shepherd Queenie. “Unable to love each other, the English turn naturally
to dogs”, he notes – perhaps a hint to his solitary life as a gay man at a
time when homosexual practices were illegal.
There are many tedious films about man and
his dog. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009), the big snore, should immediately spring to mind. Not
even Richard Gere could save that yawnfest in which the said pup waited for
his master, at the same spot, for over a decade undeterred by his master’s death. Yes, we get it, there’s no stronger bond
than a man and his dog etc. How ever such a
film got financed is anyone’s guess. Oh yes, attach a major star to it.
My Dog Tulip is an original reality-lick about human and animal relationships, narrated by Christopher Plummer in the role of Ackerley. It also features sabella Rossellini and Lyn Redgrave in her last role. Not one
for the kids but most definitely, the best feature about a man and his dog that
you are likely to see. It’s flawless. Don’t miss it.