New Yorker Films have announced and detailed they upcoming Blu-ray release of directors Paul and Sandra Fierlinger's My Dog Tulip (2009). The release will be available for purchase online and in stores across the nation on December 18th.
Beautifully animated and featuring the voices of Christopher Plummer, the late Lynn Redgrave,
and Isabella Rossellini, My Dog Tulip is a bittersweet retrospective account of author J. R.
Ackerley's 16-year relationship with his adopted Alsatian bitch, Tulip.
The distinguished British man of letters, Ackerley hardly thought of himself as a dog lover when,
well into middle age, he came to adopt Tulip – a beautiful, yet intolerable 18-month-old German
shepherd. To his surprise, she turned out to be the love of his life, the "ideal friend" he had
been searching for in vain for so many years. In vivid and sometimes startling detail, the film
reveals Tulip's sassy, often erratic behavior (and very canine tastes) and Ackerley's fumbling but
determined efforts to ensure an existence of perfect happiness for her.
A profound and subtle mediation on the strangeness that lies at the heart of all relationships, My
Dog Tulip was written, directed and animated by award-winning filmmakers Paul and Sandra
Fierlinger and is the first animated feature ever to be entirely hand drawn and painted utilizing paperless computer technology.
Original Theatrical Trailer
Shelter Stories - a series of PSAs for The Shelter Pet Project
Sneak Peek at Slocum at Sea with Himself
New York Review Books edition of J.R. Ackerley's memoir
Flipbook designed by the animators
Q&A with the filmmakers
Profile on filmmakers from WHYY's Friday Arts
Original Menu Illustrations
Ebert Present At The Movies: "Roger's Office" clip featuring director Werner Herzog