My Dog Tulip

My Dog Tulip

DVD - 2010
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This is a bittersweet reflection from a man who rescued a German shepherd dog, and how the two became fast friends. The man was JR Ackerley, a distinguished British author ; he was not particularly a dog-lover when in middle age he adopted the dog. To his surprise, she turned out to be the love of his life, the ideal companion for which he had been searching.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Cinemavault, c2010
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.433 MYD NVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 82 min.) : sd., col., 4 3/4 in


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Aug 28, 2018

Absolutely a gem of an animated movie for adults and dog lovers. All about an English curmudgeon's bonding with his rescue dog "Tulip". He doesn't have much of a clue of being an animal caretaker (or with bonding with humans for that matter) and for all of his witty bantering about what a curmudgeon he is in the end we see what a beautiful soul both of them possess. Based on true events this is a well animated (line drawings) and witty (English humor) movie that will make any dog lover smile. It is also a good period piece showing the difficulties of taking care of a dog in a large metropolis back in the early/middle part of the last century.

Sep 18, 2016

I found too much of the film focused on the issue of trying to sire Tulip. Didn't wanna know and didn't feel this subject made for good story line. Take a pass.

Franln Feb 03, 2016

What an odd & charming animated independent film. The artwork is very simple & original. The story is a little strange, but heart-warming, especially if you've ever had a dog as your sole companion. The bonus features are worth watching too.

Jan 01, 2016

NOT for children. Some great depictions of the mundane of caring for a pet. But also a troubling film, and a little creepy. The attitudes regarding animals, and the author's obsession with having his dog experience sex (perhaps because of his own utter lack of it?) along with his complete lack of forethought for the puppies it would inevitably produce. In spite of all the time (and much of the film) spent trying to get his dog laid, and his pride at having "saved" Tulip from what he deemed an unhappy life, he in turn abandoned all her puppies to quite likely the same fate, or worse.

In the end, even with all the rather fun and lighthearted animation, it was really just a very sad commentary on how one pet owner's own neurosis and complete self-absorption (in this case a disdain of people for not meeting his standards of perfect servility, and the resultant fixation on Tulip as the "ideal friend" in their stead) turned a young and rambunctious but highly trainable, intelligent and sensitive German Shepherd into a stressed out, dangerous animal who knew her role, really, was just to keep other people away from the author.

The whole sordid mess was summed up pretty early in the film by the only veterinarian that could handle Tulip (and the same can be said about many dogs and their owners), "Tulip's a good girl, I saw that at once - YOU are the trouble".

Dec 05, 2014

Based upon the book by British author J. R. Ackerley, this simple animated tale about an old curmudgeon’s sixteen-year love affair with his pet Alsatian is sure to bring dog enthusiasts everywhere to tears. With piercing insights (“Unable to love each other, the English turn naturally to dogs…”) and whimsical artwork that wavers between primitive watercolours and even more primitive pencil scribbles, Ackerley’s working class prose describes a life of mutual dependance and loving devotion with the occasional small disaster thrown in for good measure. While the author’s acidic wit is sure to bring a smile to adult faces, the often earthy animation may prove problematic for more protective parents as Tulip’s excretory and coital adventures are waggishly portrayed in shades of yellow, brown, and pink. The look of a retro cartoon paired with a script straight from the pages of the New Yorker.

Sep 27, 2013

If u have just read this, tell me why you decided to watch this movie?

May 15, 2012

This was a beautiful film....slightly preoccuppied with K-Nine reproduction...however it was good nonetheless.

Jan 11, 2012

Probably a good film for students of animation, but not really suited for children or anyone who loves dogs. The dog's owner is a curmudgeon who seems to love the dog but is clueless about dog behaviour and ownership. Especially offensive is his determined efforts to breed the dog (shown in graphic detail) and his irresponsibility regarding the puppies, first planning on drowning them, then giving them away to unsuitable homes. Not recommended, except for animation students who may find the drawings interesting. I recommend the description be changed to avoid viewer disappointment.

Oct 08, 2011

It's pretty realistic about how it is to live with a dog one loves -- bodily functions one would normally hide come to the fore.

The animation is excellent, and the process to create it mind-boggling (see the extras).

There are a couple of ways in which this story is disturbing to current dog-lovers. One is his intent to get his dog pregnant (why?), then his plan to kill the puppies (why???, especially since she is pregnant because of him!). And he doesn't clean up after his dog either. But he does capture the bond between a dog and a person, especially a lonely man.

Glencoe_Mike Sep 19, 2011

Some interesting animation, with a real eccentric at the center. Not the type of feel-good dog movie you might expect, it actually concentrates quite a bit on sex and feces. I found it hard to stay captivated.

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Jan 11, 2012

wavygravy thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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Jan 11, 2012

Interesting animated drawings illustrate this strange story about a curmudgeon and his clueless treatment of his rescued dog. Not recommended for children - viewer discretion advised.


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