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20 February 2020

Ruff sea.

by Andrew MacGregor

Mayhew: “A Life, Shared” - 80s

Animal welfare charity Mayhew reinforce the human-canine bond in this sweet animated film, as we experience a trip to the beach in the shape of a line drawing. First, we hear the dog owner’s side of the story (voiced by actor Emily Raymond), as she describes how her pet would “belt right past me, sending water flying” and nab a chip or two into the bargain.

It’s the dog’s contribution (disarmingly voiced by Louis Theroux) that delivers the emotional punch, however, as the patience and understanding of a four-legged friend are laid bare. Meanwhile, a subtle watercolour aesthetic is both easy on the eye and complementary to the story being told. Gentle but engaging work from the London-based charity.

Film Production: Coffee & TV Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Steve Waugh
Post Production: Gus Quirk
Illustrator: Dane Khy
Animation: Christian Tailor / Jon Foskett

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