A middle-aged man's closest companion is an Alsatian bitch called Tulip. Together the pair go through the highs and lows of life in London.
An animated movie, in a distinctive hand-drawn style, based on a dusty old bloke’s 1950s memoir of his middle-aged relationship with a dangerous dog. The very British trick here is that it’s resolutely unsentimental as it edges its way towards its profound love story. As the master sets out to find a mate for his Alsatian bitch, we realise the course of canine love can’t run smooth because she’s already hung up on this tweedy alpha male. Christopher Plummer — start giving him life achievement awards now! — is the perfect voice for crusty narrator J. R. Ackerley (a BBC backroom bod), and animators Paul and Sandra Fierlinger invest every seemingly casual frame with detail, expression and melancholy.
A delightful animation for adults, its lack of sentiment makes it an anti-Marley.
Reviewed by Kim Newman