Friday, May 27, 2011

#19: The Plague Dogs (1982)

Based on the book of the same name by Watership Down author Richard Adams, this animated feature is definitely number 1 on the "cartoons not to be shown to children" list.  Not all cartoons are made for kids and this one soundly proves it.  Rouf and Snitter are two dogs being experimented on by the military who have managed to escape.  They become fugitive, hunted to the bitter end, to purge the threat of the bubonic plague they've been intentionally infected with.  The fun is over after the first half hour or so.  After that, we're treated to the sight of the two accidentally blowing half a hunter's face off with a shotgun, and grotesquely consuming his corpse.  The end of the movie is so depressing that it cast a shadow on my entire day.  I'm 31. Do NOT rent this movie for your children.  You've been warned.

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