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20 July 2021

Vampire's best friend

by Jason Stone

Pedigree: “Vampires” - 80s

There's a perfect blend of comedy and pathos in this immensely sweet film for Pedigree designed to remind us that there are wonderful dogs to be found at our nearest shelter, and by implication that this should be our first port of call when considering dog ownership.

A little girl narrates a tale in which she imagines an elaborate back story for her adopted pet. Once upon a time, she supposes, her dog Sandy was owned by a vampire called Boris, who, in the way of vampires was fearful of sunlight, and therefore obliged to take his dog out for walks by himself during the night. But eventually Boris realised that Sandy needed canine companionship and reluctantly took him to a shelter so he could be walked by a new owner in the daytime.

Why else, asks and narrator, would such a wonderful dog have been put up for adoption?

James Rouse injects this story with just enough sentimentality to make your eyes itch a little, and more importantly creates a convincing case for the proposition.

Director: James Rouse Ⓟ Ⓦ (Outsider Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Cinematographer: Joost van Gelder
Editor: Bill Smedley Ⓦ @ Work Ⓟ Ⓦ
VFX: Framestore Ⓟ Ⓦ
VFX Shoot S'visor: Martin Lazaro

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