The Awful Orphan

Film Review by Dean Duncan May 31, 2015

Nice city setting. There’s a big set up, in which this dog that has to or tries to sell himself connects us to all sorts of corporate or entrepreneurial realities. (Are my sympathies, or rather my antipathies, showing?) What Makes Sammy Run! Charlie the dog now makes contact with Porky the pig. On the face of it this is just frustration comedy, but it is also quite good on the limits of compassion, and the sometimes perfidy (manipulation, malice) of need. “Yeees?”

The dog is looking at a steropticon! Eventually kindly Porky is defeated, humiliated, even sent over an edge. It’s an uncomfortable conclusion; Porky actually becomes quite savage. What he wanted turned out to be more than he bargained for. The Five Children and It. More than that. Is this a gender-quaked view of domestic emasculation, and the resentful stasis that can follow? Probably not, actually. Still, you can draw parallels, and they can be interesting.