I learned from Starewicz's granddaughter tonight that this was originally a 40+ minute film, but American distributors made him cut the film because it was deemed too violent and too long. Luckily, she and her husband reassembled all the footage to make the closest possible original version (released on the Starewicz 5 DVD box set (DORIANE FILMS)) titled "Fetiche 33-12." ( I saw the shorter original (on 35 :))
A very creative and playful stop-motion film by the pioneering Starewicz. The opening act reminded my a bit of Toy Story, where stuffed animals spring to life, and later on try to escape a truck. The expressions of the main dog character are fully expressive and believable, and though the middle part sags a little in pace, the scenes in hell are pretty macabre and unique for the time.