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At the request of Free Beacon head honcho Michael Goldfarb, I recently checked out Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero. Though dismissive at first of the idea of reviewing an animated film about America’s most-decorated dog, I eventually came around. After all, as Mr. Goldfarb put it: "Every cartoon my kids watch is cramming social justice bullshit down their little throats and finally—a movie about killing the Hun!"
One is immediately struck by the mise-en-scene of director and co-writer Richard Lanni’s film: his is an idealized sort of America, one where can-do spirit overcomes all manner of obstacles. Before he was Sgt. Stubby he was just an unnamed mutt living on the street, stealing bones out of trashcans and avoiding cars in the streets. After attaching himself to a regiment of doughboys headed off to World War One, Stubby wins over the heart of a gruff drill sergeant and becomes the mascot for the troops.
Frontlines - France - Stubby - Worth - Trenches
It isn’t until we get to the frontlines in France that we see Stubby’s true worth. He clears the trenches of vermin, warns of incoming gas attacks, and finds wounded men in No-Man’s-Land. More than that, though, Stubby imbues the American troops so far from home with a sort of will to live, nursing back...
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