As adapted from the 1956 memoir of the same title by Briton J.R. Ackerley, the independently produced animated feature My Dog Tulip
emerged from the joint efforts of an American couple, Paul and Sandra Fierlinger. The U.S. origin of the film itself may surprise audiences, given the apparent effortlessness with which it captures a quintessentially English comedic paradigm. Recalling similar tonal contrasts in Monty Python
and other U.K. programs, it generates laughs from the chasm between anemic narration by Christopher Plummer (portraying Ackerley) and a story that invokes gleefully off-color details of canine urination, defecation, and breeding.