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THE MYSTERY OF ANIMALS, CONTINUED

DON'T YOU WONDER WHAT THIS DOG'S THINKING?

This has been sent to me by both Kasper (our DP) and Jennifer (our Costume Designer) so I took that as reason enough to share it with all you dear strangers. Kind of an amazing display of canine joy and playfulness, no? My father's Jack Russell (the inspiration for Arthur in the film) learned to howl in his later years. When he'd do it, head pulled back, crying up to the sky, it was like he was lost in some primal haze, lost in some primal dog DNA tunnel. I've read that howls are used to communicate many things, often they're a simple "I am here" call, with the response " I am here too" - but really, we just don't know what's going on with this dog's experience with that piano and those howls and his off-screen human companion, do we? It's this endlessly unanswerable question, "What is my dear dog thinking?” that leads my character Oliver to begin having both sides of the conversation with his dog Arthur - trying to get to answers he knows us humans just can't get to.

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