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Our movies have gone to the dogs

by Emily Fatali on August 16, 2011 in Events, Film

footrot flatsRemember Footrot Flats? Of course you do. You probably didn’t even need that link, unless you’re a wee little thing or new to the country. Murray Ball’s cartoon strip about farm life and a dog named Dog ran every day in the Evening Post for nearly 20 years. In fact, in 1987, Footrot Flats: A Dog’s Tail Tale, cowritten by creator Murray Ball and Muldoon’s best friend/Dominion Post/Phoenix Foundation father cartoonist Tom Scott, was New Zealand’s first full-length animated movie (first and only?).

That, of course was 25 years ago. Luckily, people like anniversaries like that, so A Dog’s Tale is being rereleased, all digitally remastered and shiny and new. You know what else people like? The Wellington SPCA, who care for over 5,000 animals each year at their animal centres located in Newtown and Waikanae. Wouldn’t it be great if you could watch the movie AND support the SPCA at the same time?

Wellington SPCAEVENT Cinemasand the Embassy Theatre are thrilled to present a charity screening of Footrot Flats: A Dog’s Tail at 6.30pm on Wednesday 31 August at The Embassy Theatre, Wellington. For every ticket sold, Wellington SPCA receives $10.00, which will directly help animals in our community.

A Dog’s Tail features the voices of New Zealand’s top comics including John Clarke and Billy T James, and an award-winning soundtrack by Dave Dobbyn. Relive the adventures of Dog, Wal, Horse the cat and the rest, or introduce yourself, friends and family to this beloved comic strip. Tickets for the charity screening are $20 and available now from EVENT Cinemas.

Footrot Flats: A Dog’s Tail 
Wednesday August 31, 6.30pm
The Embassy Theatre, Wellington

Emily Fatali

Emily is a trustfund baby. She floats around the edges and chooses to remain mysterious.

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