Admittedly perverse to watch this immediately after 'Lady and the Tramp'. A nightmarish vision of the Lake District and genuinely Beckettian in its portrayal of a blasted world unmoored from pre-WII moral certainties, especially in the heart-rendingly cracked dialogue from Snitter, beautifully voiced by the late John Hurt. Unapologetically dreary yet rich. Brutal.
Narration solutions that evoke "Psycho" with plot device that foreshadows "Thelma & Louise", it is a bittersweet tale with sweetness being something to hold onto even if it's out of reach throughout the whole time. Beautiful late fall imagery, shocking sights of gory deaths and devastating feel of main protagonist's longing are here to leave the taste of bleak existentialism and sorrow for quite some time.
The Plague Dogs is a deep and moving animated film that I have watched a number of times since its release in 1982. Even without today's superior animation, you find yourself absorbed into a very believable plot. It never gained the popularity that it deserved due to the fact that during those years, animated movies were considered to be for children... and this this movie is not for young children.
Devastating. From the same folks that brought A Watership Down to screen, a film that terrified children and left Donnie Darko unimpressed. Here is a much darker and serious film, one that has us follow two normal dogs struggle to survive the outside world beyond the animal testing facility they had both escaped. The journey is both touching and tragic; one in which peace and freedom are lastly found only in death.