The Dog of Flanders
Mimi: Only two anime films have ever made me cry. They are: Grave of the Fireflies (1988), a heartbreaking story about two children struggling through the end of World War II in Japan, and The Dog of Flanders (1997), about a poor kid and his dog, Nello and Patrash. Plan on watching the latter soon? Then you better have your tissue box handy, you know, just in case you bawl like a baby. The film connects way back to an 1872 novel by Ouida, which has stood the test of time and inspired a real statue of the said characters. Despite that I have only just become familiar with the story, the spirit of this classic touched me like no other, easily becoming one of my favorites.
So what exactly is it that makes this simple story so powerful and moving? I’m not particularly a dog lover; however, the characters are extremely likeable and easy to get attached to. I admire Nello for his good-natured personality and devotion to helping his grandfather, so I cannot help but also feel fond of his affectionate bond with Patrash. My heart only breaks as one unfortunate event after another befalls them, as well as when they grow stronger and keep on smiling despite of their circumstances. Although dated, the background art of 19th-century Belgium is nothing short of being highly detailed and stunning. This beautifully crafted masterpiece should not be missed by anyone.
Alex: I don’t exactly like many “older” anime. It’s hard to find them in a good quality, and more often than not impossible to find subtitles. Considering that i’ve watched things the other way around, a lot of the unique parts of the story are what we’d call clichéd and boring nowdays.Whilst the story itself is simple but full of life, the emotional reaction your average viewer would have from it is way beyond what most people nowdays are capable of.
Maybe it’s because they just forgot what makes a story good. Instead of trying to jazz it up and make it some form of super creative anime, going back to the basic simplicity that brings The Dog Of Flanders to life is the best thing which can be done.It’s an absolutly beautiful story, and it’s something that i’d buy on VHS and show to my kids one day.
Mimi’s Score: 10 Meeps out of 10 (Masterpiece)