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Plague Dogs(Dec 3, 1982)
Director: Martin Rosen, Tony Guy Producers: Martin Rosen
Key Words: Animals, survival, animal testing,
Studio: Nepenthe Productions Licensed American Publisher: Embassy Pictures
Time: 103 minutes
Rowf (a Labrador-mix) and Snitter (A Smooth Fox Terrier) are part of a strange experimental research laboratory that uses a number of animals for strange experiments. Rowf has been drowned repeatedly and resuscitated and Snitter had a vivisection (A live surgery done on his brain to see the central nervous system) done. The two end up escaping from the lab into the harsh wilderness of England where they fight to survive. Soon, knowledge escapes that the two might have been carrying the bubonic plague from the actual lab. Will the dogs be able to survive or will the lab find them and destroy them?
My Thoughts: Um… This is a really really odd show. Rather silent and made my skin crawl just a bit, especially how they show a dog being killed by downing in an experimental room. I’m not spoiling anything there since the show starts out with that.
This show is so depressing, so sad that it made me want to curl into a ball and cry. It’s about dogs who want to find masters that will not torture them with tests. It turns darker as they don’t find a master and become wild dogs pretty much and do as they need. A little bit of surreal stuff does seem to come up because one of the dogs seems to have had work done to his brain. I think its also interesting to note that we see a lot of what happens when someone has the plague since both of them show signs as the days go on.
The story actually felt rather boring for the most part, and it felt like it was going way to slow without really any reason for it. The only thing somewhat entertaining was watching the dogs try to catch frogs in desperation to have something to eat.
The art style is rather odd, very dark and detailed. When you do see the people, you can see almost every line in the face. The animals all look pretty real and add to how scary the show really is. They really watched how dogs really act because everything they do isn’t humanoid. The animation is pretty fluid, and works well with the story.
The voices are hard to hear a lot, they talk rather softly and then the music would blar when I had my volume up. Their British voices also are a bit hard to tell what is being said. They sometimes also talk a bit scatter brained and mix up. Now also, even when we do not see the humans, we do hear them talking about the dogs escape.
Now, this show was written because of the problems with testing animals and also working with illnesses and bioweapons that could become a national problem if they get out. This show was a creation from a book by Richard Adams that wrote a lot of different sad books about animals in bad conditions.
Link to Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Plague_Dogs_(film)
Dave Reviews - http://youtu.be/kYc8CwfypEk
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The ending is just too much...man this movie was depressing
I was impressed with it overall thought.....i'd give it a Watchable, always nice to see differet kinds of animated movies and this was pretty decent just majourly depressing
I think a lot of them are like that.... Felidae was really bad too.
.___________. Oh no! I saw this movie when I was little and I never couldn't sleep again after watching it.
Then do not watch Felidae. It's pretty much the same style with cats.