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86 min.

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Dr. Howl

Dr Hau

Ber, an alcoholic aspiring to become a veterinarian, and Dr. Howl, a cynical professor posthumously reincarnated in the body of a dog, become entangled in dark mysteries that they must solve.

A veterinarian named Ber is fighting against unethical practices in her field but also, she struggles with alcohol addiction which causes her to lose her job. On her way to a new clinic, she hits a dog named Dr. Howl, who surprisingly can act like a human. Ber takes him to the clinic, where he impresses everyone and gets the job instead of her. Despite their differences, they start to help each other out. Meanwhile, strange cases of pet disappearances began in the area. Howl and Ber take on a risky investigation, that leads through the shelter to the inconspicuous Fat Tony, who is the organizer of illegal dog fighting. Throughout their journey, Ber finds out about Howl's past and helps him reconnect with his daughter. However, her own career takes a hit when she loses her license and her dog’s patient dies in her arms. Devastated, she pushes Howl away but later rallies to his aid when he is captured by Fat Tony. She manages to free him and as they both find inner peace, they drive away.

Director’s statement
The diversity of animal personalities are immeasurable to me. However, they share one thing in common - animals are excellent therapists. It was this observation that inspired me to come up with a story about such an unusual relationship. Thus, the character of Dr. Howl was created, the soul of a veterinarian from the 1940s inhabiting in a dog's body. I want him to go through redemption for the unethical acts that he has committed in his past life, and Ber is there to help him out. Little does she know, she's also in line for rescue that only he can bring to her. The motive of helping each other despite our differences is important to the story. I chose a 2D animation technique to allow for flexibility in the story of the characters. It is important for me that the narrative explores how both Dr. Howl and other animals or humans are made of the same material. The combination of photographic collages and drawings in the artwork aims to create a mysterious, slightly dark atmosphere.

Country of production

Poland

Target audience

young adults / adults

Animation Technique

2D (vector based)

Production company

Likaon | WJT

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Co-producer, Sales agent / distributor, Festival representative, Animation studio, Animator(s)

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CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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