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||IMDB Rating: 7.6/10 from G votes
||Release: 15 Mar 1997 /
||Genre: Animation, Drama, Family
||Director: Yoshio Kuroda,
||Stars: Animation, Drama, Family
||Synopsis: A small poor boy lives with his caring grandfather in a small Flemish village in the 19th century Belgium, has a lovable pet dog, loves art and dreams of becoming a famous painter one day. Based on a famous Flemish novel.
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I first heard of the story of 'the Dog of Flanders' years ago, through
a Belgian comic strip called 'Suske & Wiske' (known in other parts of
the world as 'Bob & Bobette' or 'Willy and Wanda'). Just some weeks ago
I discovered the original children's book that this film is based on.
The film itself is supposed to more or less rephrase the original anime
series that was shown all over the world in the 1970's. The relatively
simple animation of that time is emulated very well. Although the
character designs look a bit basic compared to more recent Miyazaki and
Takahata works, there's something about them that is undeniably pretty
and sincere. The dog of the title, Patrashe, is animated wonderfully
and very life-like, something Western animation (well, at least Disney)
will never manage to achieve. The backgrounds are detailed (the scenes
inside and outside the Antwerp cathedral are nothing short of stunning,
no matter how much CGI animation you've seen) and colourful, but in a
modest way. Plot-wise, this is a faithful adaption of the 1872 book by
Flemish/English writer Ouida, with the same sort of bleak, but sincere
feel. For a children's cartoon this is a very, very sad film, but
certainly recommended (although it would probably be best if an adult
would accompany them). Maybe this is not as ultimately depressing as
'Grave of the Fireflies', but it certainly comes close. The movie
became almost unbearable for me to watch towards the end, not because
it was bad, but because of the depiction of cruelty that humanity is
capable of. Don't be surprised if you feel the will to scream out of
pure anger and frustration, while at other times you just want to cry
like a child. The strange thing is, I've never experienced these
feelings on such a deep level with films like 'Schindler's List', for
example, which, like this film, also deals with cruelty, albeit on a
much grander scale. I have to add here that Spielberg almost always
ruins the sincerity in his films by adding either an incredibly sappy
and fake prologue/epilogue (Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan), or
the inevitable happy end. Although I must admit that the bittersweet
ending of 'Artificial Intelligence' worked really well for me, but
that's another story altogether.
Also worthy of praise is the fact that the film gets a lot of factual
details right, and I find that important in any production, because if
anything, it shows effort and the will to dig deeper. The film is
primarily a Japanese production, not necessarily meant for the foreign
market. The Flemish landscape looks accurate enough, but what really
surprised me was that on various occasions, the film incorporates Dutch
writings where appropriate, and without a single grammatical or
spelling mistake. This is, I think, a testament to the animators, and
the level of accuracy they were willing to put in this production.
To conclude, this is an incredible film for children an adults alike,
but also for the serious anime fan. Be warned though-- the US DVD
version which floats around is heavily edited and only features an
English vocal track, so you might want to try and get hold of an Asian
import, which isn't that hard to come by these days, thanks to that
wonderful thing called online shopping.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
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