Monday, 31 May 2010

Robin Davey "The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and of his Friend Marilyn Monroe" (2010)

Bristol based animator Robin Davey was given an interesting commission from publishers Faber and Faber for The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and of his Friend Marilyn Monroe a novel by Andrew O'Hagan released this month. The animated trailer shows scenes from an autobiography of a Maltese dog given to Marilyn by Frank Sinatra two years before her death. In a 1950s/60s style, Maf jets all over the world, experiencing the glitz and flashlights of the stars. Robin explains in his blog how the different colours reinforce the sense of movement. The style of the book is demonstrated by liberal quotations from the book. I definitely see the attraction of Marilyn Monroe, can just about accept that jet travel was once glamorous but would have been rendered speechless as a youth if I had admitted to Sinatra being cool. The little guy was a charmer though and my mum’s favourite. The trailer works for me with its jazzy soundtrack and I’ve just checked out the book on Amazon so point made I suppose. Can dogs write autobiographies? A job well done by Robin.

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