My Dog Tulip

My Dog Tulip

DVD - 2011
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The distinguished British man of letters, Ackerley hardly thought of himself as a dog lover when, well into middle age, he came to adopt Tulip, a beautiful yet intolerable 18-month-old German shepherd. To his surprise, she turned out to be the love of his life, the 'ideal friend' he had been searching for in vain for so many years. In vivid and sometimes startling detail, the film reveals Tulip's sassy, often erratic behavior.
Publisher: New York, NY : New Yorker Video, [2011]
ISBN: 9781567304961
Call Number: 636.7376 MY
Characteristics: 1 DVD (82 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Subjects: Ackerley, J. R. 1896-1967.
Fiction films.
Nonfiction films.
Animated films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Film adaptations.
Animal films.
Feature films.
Animated films.
Digital video disc.
German shepherd dog.
Human-animal relationships.
Authors, English -- 20th century.
Dogs -- Great Britain.
Dog owners -- Great Britain.


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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.

Nov 01, 2014

This not for children and not for anyone looking for a "feel-good" film about dog ownership.
Instead, it is an interesting and thoughtful investigation of one man's relationship with an unruly dog. The man, however, is represented as he is, warts and all.
In a strange way, it is a show about respecting a dog as a dog and not trying to turn it into some version of a human person.

Sep 27, 2013

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

Jul 26, 2012

This story takes place right after WW2. It is interesting (shocking) to see how contemporary dog care is such a big improvement to how things were a hundred years ago. Another note of interest: JR Ackerley was a gay man living (keeping his sexuality secret) in the last century, looking his whole life for the 'perfect companion', something he never was able to find in a human, but did find in this dog. Because of the ability of animation to caricature and distort, this story is good in animation. For example, the scenes where Ackerley discusses his sister, and in others, his dog, both in the form of scribbled line drawings.

May 15, 2012

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

Feb 12, 2012

this is an interesting part lived part fresh perspective on dog bonding or relationship's. comedic drama perahps

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.

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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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