(AFP) – May 22, 2009
CANNES, France (AFP) — A dog called Dug and a pack of "wild but wonderful hounds" in Disney-Pixar's 3D cartoon caper "Up" on Friday scooped the top screen canine prize at Cannes, the Palm Dog's organiser said.
"Up was a favourite from the word go as it featured loveable Dug and a pack of wild but wonderful hounds with comically malfunctioning human voice collars," said journalist Toby Rose.
The 3D dogs beat off stiff competion from a black poodle sitting at the table with Nazis in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," said Rose.
Rose has for the last nine years hooked up with leading British film critics at the Cannes festival to pick the best screen mutt for the unoffical award that this year will be handed out Friday, two days ahead of the Palme d'Or.
Rose bent the rules a little to allow a fox to enter the race for the Palm Dog. The animal in question also talks, shouting "Chaos Reigns" in Lars von Trier's shock thriller on sex and madness, "Antichrist."
Last year a mongrel called Lucy whose owner gets arrested for stealing dog-food scooped the canine award for a role in the US film "Wendy and Lucy" by Kelly Reichardt.
"Up" screened out of competition at the Cannes film festival as its opening film
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