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Directed by: Martin Rosen Starring: John Hurt Christopher Benjamin James Bolam
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Before I explain the story, I'll make one thing absolutely clear - this film is not for the faint-hearted. Children, animal-lovers and dog-owners alike will probably feel uncomfortable watching this film, for several reasons. And those who have read the book will find the story a couple of shades darker.
However, this is an excellent film and worth watching if you don't flinch from the storyline too much.
The Plague Dogs begins in an animal testing centre in the Lake District. The two protagonists, Rowf, a labrador-cross, and Snitter, a jack russell (voiced by John Hurt), are subjected to experiments out of human curiosity: Rowf is submerged in a tank for as long as he can remain conscious, in order to test canine lung capacity, and Snitter has had brain surgery to determine where the subjective and objective perception of the canine brain begins and ends.
One night, they both escape into the mountains.
This is purely about the animals - we follow Rowf and Snitter on their journey, where they take to attacking sheep to find food, and find friendship in "The Tod", a wily fox, all the while trying to escape from the "whitecoats".Read more ›
In fact, I found that most things, such as Snitter's hallucinations and the building hunt for the dogs and their very likely end, were done in quite a subtle way and not shoved in your face. With perhaps the exception of that rather infamous shooting scene, but even that's a case of if you blink you've missed a good amount of it.
The animation is very good, the dogs are very well drawn, the characters are done very well and it's an ending which will very likely stick with you rather miserably for a little while. Have something on stand-by to cheer you up right afterwards. Personally I'd probably stop just short of calling it a great movie, but it's certainly a good one and I would recommend a watch of it because this is one of those films which proves that animation isn't just for kids, that it can be grown-up and mature as well.
From the same creators of Watership Down, this is a dark, thought-provoking story of two dogs named Rowf (a labrador) and Snitter (a fox terrier) who are being used in invasive and inhumane animal testing research. The two dogs escape the laboratory, but their problems have only begun. They try to survive in the wild with a help of the "tod" (fox), but find themselves being hunted down by man after killing a sheep for food. The dogs are also said to be carrying to be carrying the plague.
The film could be found to be too preachy and biased about the animal testing debate as it only shows horrific and appalling abuse of the animals, but the original book goes into far more detail about the evils of it, as the film was intended to be more of an adventure story.
Overall, this is not a film for the kids. The PG rating appears harmless, but there is some truly shocking content here that's enough to upset even the hardest of adults. It is a very good film, not as great as Watership Down I found, but still good. Just don't pop it into your child's video player before bedtime.
The film has many strengths: wonderful voice-over work, beautiful animation of wild and wintry moorlands, and a compelling story of two tragic dogs who escape from an animal laboratory to find themselves hunted down by an embarassed government. John Hurt gives a wonderful performance as Snitter - the unwilling victim of a brain operation who constantly searches for the "masters", or good humans, who are so different from the "white-coats" who torment them.
Is it as good as "Watership Down"? Well, no. The film suffers from bad editing - scenes are too short and appear disjointed. The print itself is not as good as it could be, and the picture quality is poor in places. The film also lacks the wonderful musical score of "Watership Down" and in some places it really is begging for it. Alan Price does a haunting theme song, but this is underused throughout. I would also have liked to see more of the humans, rather than just hear them talking, as they are so integral to the plot.
So in all, this is a commendable effort to film a controversial and serious story. The characters are wonderful and the ending is quite moving. But it could have been (and still could be with a few remixes) much better.
Oh, and is it for children? Well, "Watership Down" wasn't exactly a typical children's story, with its fascist rabbits and genocidal humans. I recommend you see it for yourselves and then decide.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome and harrowing film. The product was in original packging and spotless, arrived promptly too!Published 1 month ago by SpicyPorkPuller
Superb but sadly little known British animation. An eloquent and moving antivivisection film, but not for the children.Published 5 months ago by J_ Russell
Brilliant production of a great book. Richard Adams was a memorable and fascinating author.
This was up to the same standard as the film version of Watership Down. Read more
Great DVD! This edition contains both the theatrical and director's cut of the film, and a theatrical trailer. Read morePublished 8 months ago by BookandMovieFanJNT
While well animated, the ending was nothing like the book which was very disappointing, missing some of the middle is understandable. not one for the kids and very disappointingPublished 11 months ago by Geraint
Very emotional from start to finish - A perfect film for a windy day. Excellent delivery.Published 11 months ago by Bethany