It was the first double feature I’d done in a while. It was late. I was tired and not expecting much. Boy was I wrong. This movie was great. The voice credits started rolling and I couldn’t believe the big names. The movie wasn’t as much of a cartoon more like anime. The story was simple. A boy gets separated from his dog. The way it was handled is what blew me away. Forget the animation part, here’s where the writing kicks in.
Boy gets a dog from his nice father (a politician). Dogs are outlawed so they have no choice but to get rid of the dog. (Here’s where the symbolism starts kicking in.) The boy goes on a mission to rescue his dog. At first it seems simple. He finds an empty cage filled with dog bones. His dog must be dead. But then he meets up with some other dogs who have managed to survive. It’s a pack made of four dogs (plus one who is a rebel) who have managed to survive and they know the truth: the dead dog isn’t his. Here’s where the fun starts. It’s time to go find his dog. Led by the pack and the rebel, the boy’s after the truth of what really happened and why he was duped. He has communication with two groups, his father and a girl trying to help him save his life and all dogs.
The pack helps him discover his dog is still alive and there’s been a cure discovered to cure all of the sick dogs. The dogs are saved. The president is killed and the little boy is reunited with his dog. A really good, thought provoking movie.