My Dog Tulip [Blu-ray]
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BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES: Making Tulip, a featurette about the production | Ebert Presents At The Movies: "Roger's Office" clip featuring Werner Herzog | Friday Arts (WHYY): "Animating My Dog Tulip and more..." | Theatrical trailer | Film notes | MUTTS: Shelter Stories | Sneak peek at the filmmakers' latest project, Slocum at Sea with Himself | Optional DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 feature soundtrack | Subtitles for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (SDH)
"The Love Story of the Year." --Graham Fuller, Vanity Fair
"Best Animated Feature of the Year." --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
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I think My Dog Tulip is possibly the best book about dogs I have ever read. It doesn't suprise me to see that Elizabeth Marshall Thomas (The Hidden Life of Dogs) has written the introduction to the current edition, as Ackerley opened up some of the territory she was to explore. They remind me of each other quite a lot.
In the first scene of My Dog Tulip, Ackerley meets a little old lady wheeling a little dog around the park in a pram. The dog is dressed up in a blanket and she is cooing to him like an invalid. It's obvious that this highly anthropomorphised canine is the sort of dog Ackerley wants NOT to portray. He commented at the time that he wanted to restore beastliness to beasts, and as E.M. Forster put it, Tulip is 'a dog of dogdom', not just 'an appendage of man.'
My Dog Tulip lampoons the British middle class as well as human anthropocentrism in general. Ackerley's technique of combining shocking subject matter with a genteel, decorous prose style is always a joy to read. It's also definately the main reason he managed to get away with publishing this book in 1956. It's no small measure of the success of this balancing act, that a book which still manages to upset a minority of readers in 2001 was published in 1956 to general critical acclaim.
What you get, if you buy My Dog Tulip, is a very detailed account of Ackerley's life with his dog Queenie (he changed the name to Tulip, only after it was suggested to him that 'Queenie' might cause some tittilation, as Ackerley had been a somewhat outspoken member of London's gay community for some time). At times it is hilarious - never more so than when he's poking fun at English propriety.Read more ›
And so what we have are the daily routines - so to speak - of a man and his dog. Taking her out to the park, finding a mate for her, cleaning up after her. Tulip (the name of the dog) loves Mr. Ackerley unconditionally and through that love, he learns to love her the same way. There are no madcap adventures...no maudlin sentimentalities - no heroics - just the developing affection that the two share, as both of them get older.
What makes this film work so well is the marvelous artwork...No, it is not precise, bright, or boldly drawn. Instead, the art resembles child painting experimenting with watercolors. A street scene, a park, or the interior of the house reflects reality such as trash in the foreground. The shapes blend and mix and bend in messy ways which is a beautiful metaphor for love itself where emotions blend and mix and bend in messy ways. Love is becoming part of another - opening oneself up to another. These drawings make that emotion feel real- in a way that a perfect photographic image might not.
I cannot imagine any animal lover - particularly a dog owner - who will not (immediately) relate to the experience being detailed in this film. "My Dog Tulip" teaches us, as well as any other film, how unconditional love is a transformative power, perhaps THE transformative power in nature.
Christopher Plummer is a standout voice as the man in love with the dog.Read more ›
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This author showed what a bad dog owner looks like. Then, purposely getting his dog pregnant. When she has 8 puppies, he considers drowning them. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I typically do not enjoy reading books about someone's pet therefore I do not read those kinds of books. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Donna Maria
This is not your conventional DVD. Not really to my particular taste. Enjoyed the music though!Published 12 months ago by Ruth E. Jones
I love a book about a dog, but this was not that book!
I realize that it was written in the 1950s, and can forgive an owner wanting to give his pet the best possible life, but... Read more
Clearly - from reading other user reviews - there are two sharply divided camps on whether or not this is a good, worthwhile book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Penn Gwynn
A Fun read. It also brought back fond memories of my years in England associating with more modern but very similar characters.Published 14 months ago by Shruged Atlas
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