Screened as part of NZIFF 2010

My Dog Tulip 2009

Directed by Paul Fierlinger, Sandra Fierlinger

Beautifully animated film based on J.R. Ackerley’s classic tale of man and dog. “Droll and tender… The intensely personal, mutually possessive devotion between man and man’s best friend gets a thorough probing.” — Variety

USA In English
83 minutes

Directors, Animators


Norman Twain
Howard Kaminsky
Frank Pellegrino


Paul Fierlinger
Peter Parker. Based on the novel by J.R. Ackerley


John Avarese


Christopher Plummer
Lynn Redgrave
Isabella Rossellini
Peter Gerety
Brian Murray
Paul Hecht
Euan Morton


Toronto, Vancouver, Pusan 2009; San Francisco 2010


J.R. Ackerley’s classic book is the droll and definitive account of a man’s close relationship with his dog.

“In 1947, Ackerley rescued an 18-month-old Alsatian bitch from a life of poverty and squalour, and in so doing changed his life forever… Beautifully rendered by animators Paul and Sandra Fierlinger, My Dog Tulip is as much a portrait of the human animal as the canine variety. Its characters are an eccentric cross-section of British dog-owning society – and their bow wows – dryly and earthily observed… Determined to provide Tulip with every possible type of doggy happiness including the pleasures of sexual love and motherhood, Ackerley sets out to discover a suitable king for his queen. In the words of a wise vet (voiced with calm precision by Isabella Rossellini), ‘She’s in love with you, that’s obvious.’ Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave and Brian Murray grace the film with idiosyncratic charm and wit.” — Vancouver International Film Festival