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Monsieur Pug

2014 9 min
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Who is Monsieur Pug? Why, a dog with bad cholesterol and high blood pressure! And a dog who loves his pie and ice cream. Who relaxes by making origami. In other words, definitely not your ordinary pooch! For he’s also a paranoiac, convinced he’s the target in a vast conspiracy, and pretending to be a pet, the better to hide from his pursuers. Schizoid, perhaps? Hmm… but is Monsieur Pug even a real dog to begin with? A delirious fable about a particular brand of modern madness—that brought on by the omnipresence of smartphones in our lives—Monsieur Pug is directed …

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Who is Monsieur Pug? Why, a dog with bad cholesterol and high blood pressure! And a dog who loves his pie and ice cream. Who relaxes by making origami. In other words, definitely not your ordinary pooch! For he’s also a paranoiac, convinced he’s the target in a vast conspiracy, and pretending to be a pet, the better to hide from his pursuers. Schizoid, perhaps? Hmm… but is Monsieur Pug even a real dog to begin with?

A delirious fable about a particular brand of modern madness—that brought on by the omnipresence of smartphones in our lives—Monsieur Pug is directed with verve by Janet Perlman, whose The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Animated Short in 1982.

Monsieur Pug is one strange film about the life of one strange dog!
  • direction
    Janet Perlman
  • animation
    Janet Perlman
  • design
    Janet Perlman
  • story
    Larry Tremblay
    Janet Perlman
  • dialogues
    Larry Tremblay
    Janet Perlman
  • voice
    Robert Higden
  • additional voice
    Julie Burroughs
    Teale Bishopric
  • original music
    Judith Gruber-Stitzer
  • sound design
    Judith Gruber-Stitzer
  • additional musical arrangements
    Dave Gossage
  • musician
    Helga Dathe
    Dave Gossage
    Thom Gossage
    Laurence Leclerc
    Myriam Pelletier
  • dialogue editing
    Pierre Yves Drapeau
  • foley
    Karla Baumgardner
  • sound recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • computer graphics
    SteGo
  • digital imaging specialist
    Pierre Plouffe
  • online editing
    Denis Gathelier
  • titles
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • marketing manager
    Geneviève Bérard
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Lord
  • administrator
    Diane Régimbald
  • administrative team
    Diane Ayotte
    Karine Desmeules
    Michèle Labelle
  • line producer
    Francine Langdeau
    Jocelyne Perrier
  • executive producer
    René Chénier
    Julie Roy
  • producer
    Marc Bertrand

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Education

Ages 8 to 12

Discuss how this animated short addresses issues of conformity and identity. Explore whether people’s online personas accurately represent or approximate their real-life personality; is this why we have user names or avatars? Debate whether individuals are now too “connected” online to actually form meaningful connections with others. Explain whether Monsieur Pug has lost his way in attempting to be just like everyone else. Does this film have something to say about those who refuse to use social media or who distrust it?