Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale

Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale ★★★★

Interesting to note the end credits song Slice of Heaven by Dave Dobbyn is regularly played in pubs around Australia and will never fail to get large groups of 20-somethings to badly sing along, despite having no idea of the song's origins. Few New Zealand songs have that kind of staying power and I would suggest You Oughta Be in Love which is played earlier in the film should be equally deserving of that honour.

The film itself is a breeze at 68 minutes but has an undeniable charm in its larrikan writing and scratchy painterly art style. I doubt many people outside the New Zealand/Australia sphere would appreciate Footrot Flats but from an area that I often find somewhat lacking in cinematic excellence, this lovely little animated picture is a breath of fresh air. Just listen out to the Dobbyn-penned songs throughout - they're a standout. Recommended.