A shy boy is unable to make friends in Yazoo City, Mississippi in 1942, until his parents give him a terrier puppy for his ninth birthday. The dog, which he names Skip, becomes well known and loved throughout the community and enriches the life of the boy, Willie, as he grows into manhood. Based on the best-selling Mississippi memoir by the late Willie Morris. —IMDb
Jay Russell (born January 10, 1960 in North Little Rock, Arkansas), is a film director and also executive producer and director of the film My Dog Skip.
His other directing credits include Tuck Everlasting, Ladder 49 and The Water Horse. He has also written and directed End of the Line.
Russell graduated from Columbia University in 1984 with a MFA in screenwriting and directing, having studied with producer Michael Hausman and director Milos Forman. His first film, End of the Line (1987), was a Sundance Institute project and was released by Orion Classics. He has since written projects for Imagine Entertainment and TriStar Pictures and has directed numerous documentaries for PBS, Discovery Channel, Learning Channel, CBS, Fox, USA Network and NBC.
He has also worked on film projects such as Duncan, Whole Lotta Sole and Wake the Dead. —Wikipedia
I thought it was a sweet story about a boy and his dog. I am aware it is a story that has been told countless times before, but then again; does it need to be more complicated than that? Props to Frankie Muniz for trying a serious role, especially during a time he was exclusively known for Malcolm in the Middle.