OUTPUT drive – in, also comes from Asia, but it is more fun than the Covid. And if, for the reopening of the theatres in France, you go as a family to see a cartoon of south Korean engaging and relevant? We, the dogs, which comes out this Monday, 22 June, can be seen from 6 years of age.
The film speaks of the dogs abandoned by the men. Like many others before him, Moong-chi was a puppy, adorable but he has grown and his teachers are tired of him. They decided to abandon in the mountains, with a package of croquettes. “This will be better for him, anyway. It will be able to run as much as he wants,” said his master to his wife, with hypocrisy and cynicism.
Moong-chi doesn’t include any of the following what happens to him. He believes that his master will return. But soon, four other abandoned dogs at the same place, come to welcome him: a big, a medium (a shih tzu) and a couple of small (chihuahua).
And they explained to him that, no, his master will not come back. “You are the new master, and no one else”, said one of them. With his four new friends, Moong-chi will create a new destiny: all go in search of a paradise for dogs where they can live in freedom and without humans. But the journey will be long, punctuated by encounters with other wild dogs, humans, least unpleasant and a hunter’s dog on a motorcycle, cruel and dangerous…
This is the second cartoon of the directors of south Korean Oh Sung-yoon and Lee Choon-baek, after Lili, the discovery of the wild world, which had attracted two million viewers in Korea in 2011 and was released in France the following year. They explain the meaning of the original title, Underdog, which refers to the weakest in a competition, the outsiders: “We find interesting the idea of making a film on animals in appearance weaker than humans, but who eventually find, in the long term, which gives them their strength: the union, solidarity.”
The quest for happiness is universal
“We wanted to show that life is not a gift, but rather a goal that we must achieve by ourselves,” they add. “Live our life as we dream allows you to experience the quintessence. We, the dogs “is a film which narrates the quest for happiness is universal”.
The Korean cinema has been a buzzword for a few years –as evidenced by the success of the film, Parasite, which won the Palme d’or at Cannes and Oscar for best film– and movies about dogs are not uncommon in the cinema. But here, the cartoon has a special charm, by its design that blends 3D images (for the characters) and 2D images (for the backgrounds), all inspired by traditional painting in Korean.
The scenario does not avoid the anthropomorphism, thus mimicking american cartoons or French. But this story of the dogs is full …of humanity –even if the men, with a few exceptions, do not have the beautiful role.
And, before a nice nod almost political to the end, and beyond the denunciation of the abandonment of dogs are common to all countries, it is a nice message on the quest of happiness: here at the dogs, but that applies to the men, the spectators of the film, adults or children.