Why Disney + Dug Days are a pixel-perfect family treat to savor
As the Auckland lockdown continues to continue, viewing options for families move dangerously close to the territory of “just put something on and let the kids see it, while we sneakily drink a booze and a drink. little time away from everyone ”.
Disney + ‘s latest short animated series Days dug will change that plan seconds after pressing play on the remote and attempting to retreat into the comfort of the comforting alcohol in a pandemic.
This five-part short film series from animation giant Pixar is a pixel-perfect family treat that lasts no more than 45 minutes and will leave you screaming in its poignant final moments.
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In the last month or so, there has been the Marvel Multiverse Animated Series What if…? which takes the famous Marvel icons and gives them an alternate twist, and there has been Monsters at work, a workplace spin-off from the popular film Monsters Inc.
But, with each iteration of the spin-off, there’s a lingering sense that the well is drying up, with research seemingly the only creative option available for those looking for the next thing to order.
This is not the case with Days dug, which can truly only be described as an injection of pure joy into the eyeballs at a time when wills fade as we await the end of the pandemic.
For the uninitiated, Dug is a fun-loving golden retriever first seen in the animated film Up.
No ordinary dog, Dug sports a collar that translates his thoughts into words and which, at the end of Up, chooses to live with Ed Asner’s old man, Carl Frederiksen. The combination of Dug’s energy and Carl’s weariness make them perfect bed companions.
He also blesses Days dug with a sense of pure joy that is contagious and vital when viewed in a locking frame.
One episode sees Dug in classic Wile E Coyote territory, as he tries to stop a squirrel, his nemesis, from stealing nuts from the garden outside. Another sees Dug excited to take care of the puppies, before soon being exhausted by their energy and their limitless desire to annoy him.
These aren’t earth-shattering storylines, nor are they going to collectively win awards for the depth of man’s best friend storytelling.
But drawing from the well of expressiveness developed by the clay dog Gromit (from Wallace and Gromit glory), Pixar hosts know that Dug can say more with just two round eyes and a big black nose than any word that could flow from his collar. Of course, it helps a lot that Dug’s straightforward vocabulary and understanding of concepts add to the laughs.
However, Pixar saved the final blow for the final moments of the fifth and final episode of this short term.
A series of fireworks cause Dug to question his place in the world, with a bird and a nemesis squirrel telling him he’s just a pampered pet, unlike those who have to fight for it. food and survival every day.
Hurt by the realization, Dug leaps into his house, looks down and drops his head on the cushion of Carl’s chair, causing him to wonder if he’s “just a pet.” It’s a heartbreaking moment that the best animation does so well.
In Carl’s response and in the final moments of the series, the dialogue between the couple sums up all that is good in the relationship between man and dog, and also gives a sense of hope to friends separated by Covid- 19 and the trauma of antisocial blockages.
(The introspective exchange is made even more poignant by the fact that Carl’s voice actor Ed Asner passed away after the series launched, leaving his future uncertain in many ways.)
It might seem like a grim ending for an animated short film series, but it isn’t – its willingness to explore the human condition in a serious way makes Days dug one of the most unmissable shows of 2021.
With his contagious zest for life and his simplicity of execution, he raised the good dog Dug to the pantheon of the best doggies ever committed to the screen.
Days dug is now available to stream on Disney +.