September 1, 2010
Studio: New Yorker Films
Directors: Paul Fierlinger, Sandra Fierlinger
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriters: Paul Fierlinger, Sandra Fierlinger
Starring: Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave, Isabella Rosellini
Copyright Holder: N/A
Paul and Sandra Fierlinger's animated interpretation of J.R. Ackerley's droll and tender 1956 memoir does justice to the highly personal nature of this man-and-beast love story. Ackerley remains British to the bone, and Tulip never fails both to delight and embarrass him in her choice of mates and in her canine indiscretions. Christopher Plummer gives voice to the unflappable, wry Ackerley and the late, great Lynn Redgrave is the sister who comes to share his flat and vie with him for the dog's loyalty. Isabella Rossellini is Tulip's sensitive and sensible veterinarian. The Fierlingers' animated designs combine naturalism and visual wit, and their profound feelings for both dog and man are unmatched by conventional doggie cartooning.