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With: Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave, Isabella Rossellini, Peter Gerety, Brian Murray, Paul Hecht, Euan Morton
Written by: Paul Fierlinger, Sandra Fierlinger, based on a novel by J.R. Ackerley
Directed by: Paul Fierlinger, Sandra Fierlinger
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Language: with English subtitles
Running Time: -99
Date: 05/01/2009
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My Dog Tulip (2010)

3 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Veteran independent animator Paul Fierlinger -- best known for his short cartoons on TV's "Sesame Street" -- makes his feature debut (along with co-director and wife Sandra Fierlinger) with this lovely film based on J.R. Ackerley's novel. An aging writer gets a dog for a companion and tells the story of how they become trusted friends, enduring a visit from the narrator's sister, and a long, convoluted attempt at breeding. The animation style is gentle and simple, with pointed humor and plenty of breathing room. Best of all, the film manages a genuine emotional connection with the title dog (who does not talk, by the way). Christopher Plummer narrates, and Isabella Rossellini and Lynn Redgrave provide other voices. The film received a limited U.S. release September 3, 2010.

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