Saw this in Seattle a while back, and I urge you to see it. It's a lovely antidote to all the icky-wicky cutesy-wootsy dog movies you've ever seen and hated. The animation is painstaking, simple, elegant and amusing. And if it's a dramatic foil you're looking for, wait till you meet J.R. Ackerley's sister ... yowza. Also, it helps to do a little background research first on J.R. Ackerley -- it adds to the movie.