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I Dog

Meet a puppy dog in a “warm, hairy world” who would like you to cater for his every need.

Children's 1983 5 mins

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A young pup dreams of a long lineage of pampered breeds and teaches new owners about his desired doggie domain as a pet. Sheila Graber followed her successful traditional animations of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories with the delightful children’s television series, Best Friends, which pitches pet care to kids with characteristic warmth and flair.

Once a gifted amateur with improvised rostrum equipment, South Shields-born animator Sheila Graber went on to win several major awards from the Royal Television Society as a professional, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. Graber’s pilot for the Best Friends series was snapped up at Cannes in the 80s, with the final ten short programmes, commissioned by Nicole Jouve of Interama for young viewers, ultimately broadcast in 15 countries.