My Dog Tulip
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A bittersweet account of the author's 14-year relationship with his adopted Alsatian, MY DOG TULIP was written, directed and animated by award-winning filmmakers Paul and Sandra Fierlinger, and is the first animated feature ever to be entirely hand drawn and painted utilizing paperless computer technology. An official selection of the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, MY DOG TULIP is based on the book by British author and distinguished man of letters J.R. Ackerley. Ackerley hardly thought of himself as a dog lover when, in middle age, he came to adopt Tulip - a beautiful, yet… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"Manages to say more about man's relationship with dogs in a single, lush frame than 'Marley and Me' would if it were to run on a loop until the end of time."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"A beautifully illustrated love letter to dogs and the people who own them..."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A wonderful animated movie for anyone who's ever experienced dog ownership at its most glorious, and most embarrassing."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Here's a rare beast: an animated film about a dog that resists the urge to sentimentalise or anthropomorphise its canine protagonist, yet understands the human urge to do just that."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Poignant and just the right side of whimsy, it's the movie Marley & Me should have been."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"It's an oddity, this film: a wry, wobbly cartoon made expressly for grown-ups, featuring quirky hand-drawn animation and very little dialogue outside the central voiceover."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"A marvelous animated feature, full of quiet joy, honest sorrow, wisdom and a wealth of clinical detail both excremental and reproductive, all rendered in a charming style approximating the dog drawings of James Thurber."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"On and on the indefatigable Plummer talks, to the point that instead of his words endearing you to the film it begins to feel more like the cinema speakers are picking up interference from Radio 4."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"Affably voiced by Christopher Plummer, Ackerley is at once enormously affectionate and beadily observan, while the clever graphic style marks the switch between straightforward narration and surreal doggy reverie."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Smacks first of obfuscation, then of desperation."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Guardian
"The scratchy animation, reminiscent of Jules Feiffer's beatnik-era doodles, is a homey complement to Plummer's autumnal narration."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"It is told from and by an adult sensibility that understands loneliness, gratitude and the intense curiosity we feel for other lives, man and beast."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"We are treated to far too much detail about trying to house train Tulip and exactly when, where and how she relieves herself."
‑ Roz Laws, Birmingham Post
"In truth, it's boring."
‑ David Sexton, This is London
"Rarely has a needy bond between human and pet felt more unsentimentally and perfectly observed."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
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