MY DOG SKIP
From Pups to Men
Release Date: January 14, 2000
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Mark Beech &
Harry Connick Jr.
Audience: Older children & adults
Runtime: 92 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Director: Jay Russell
Executive Producer: Mary P. Ewing
Producer: John Lee Hancock, Broderick
Johnson, Mark Johnson, &
Andrew A. Kosove
Writer: Gail Gilchriest
Address Comments To:Barry A. Meyer, CEO
Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc.
Warner Bros. Film Distribution Corp.
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Web Page: www.warnerbros.com
Willie is so alienated from his classmates that he can’t think of any friends to invite to his birthday party so the party consists only of his parents and his aging grandparents. At the end of the party, his loving mother gives Willie a little dog against the wishes of her husband. Willie's father is afraid that the dog will break Willie’s heart, but even so he relents and allows Willie to keep Skip.
They become inseparable. Skip introduces Willie to the prettiest girl in town as well as to other friends. Dink goes off to war, and, from overseas, sends Willie a German helmet and gun belt which arouses the envy of the bullies down the street.
Hoping to win the Nazi memorabilia, the bullies haze Willie, but eventually adopt him into their gang, after he courageously spends the night in a cemetery on their dare. In the cemetery, however, Willie and Skip discover that some moonshiners are using an old tomb to hide their illegal alcohol.
Meanwhile, Dink Jenkens comes back from the war a little too early, and soon it is revealed that he went AWOL.
One day, during a baseball game, Willie takes out his frustration and slaps Skip. Skip runs away and gets locked into the moonshiners’ tomb. Eventually, Willie and Dink find the moonshiners just as one of them hits the little dog with a shovel. This crisis helps Willie become a man, who eventually grows up to be editor of HARPER’S magazine.
MY DOG SKIP is an elegant literary tale. It has great character studies. It is very well crafted. It has positive references to faith, and everyday concerns.
Everyone involved should be commended because it is one of the better-constructed family movies, hampered only by some lightweight vulgarities and obscenities. Probably the only missing ingredient in this movie is a sense of simple fun for younger children. This would make it more accessible to Willie’s 8-year-old contemporaries in the audience, those children with the most to learn from seeing this movie. Even so, MY DOG SKIP is a faithful, hopeful, uplifting coming-of-age movie that children and adults will love.
MY DOG SKIP is an elegant tale, with great character studies. It also has positive references to faith and every day concerns. Everyone involved should be commended because it is one of the best-constructed family movies, hampered only by some lightweight vulgarities. Probably the only missing ingredient is a sense of simple fun for younger children which would make it more accessible to Willie’s 8-year-old contemporaries in the audience. Even so, MY DOG SKIP is a faithful, hopeful, uplifting coming-of-age movie that children and adults will love