The Plague Dogs

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The Plague Dogs is a 1982 British-American animated adventure film. It focuses on Rowf and Snitter, two dogs who escape a labratory and get lost in the forest, where they now have to defend themselves.

The Plague Dogs
Genre: Animated adventure drama
Running Time: 103 minutes
Country: Britain & United States
Release Date: October 21, 1982 (Britain), December 16, 1983 (United States)
Directed by: Martin Rosen
Written by: Martin Rosen
Distributed by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Starring: John Hurt & Christopher Benjamin

Why It Rocks

  1. The idea of a dog duo fighting for survival is creative and interesting.
  2. The film is very emotionally powerful, giving the right emotions at the right time.
  3. Amazing animation with a great soundtrack to go with it.
  4. Great action scenes.
  5. It teaches animal cruelty is not a good thing to do and you must be kind to the environment.
  6. The ending is interesting, as it's left up to the viewer to imagine or decide their fate, wheter they made it to the "island" or not.
  7. The animation was spot on. The animators really did an amazing job making the animation realistic as possible and make the dogs have their animations more so like an actual dog, as in they don't look like they're scripted to walk in a certain way.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some scenes were made violent or dark for the sake of being dark or violent, such as the scene where Snitter accidentally shoots a kind man in the face with his rifle.
  2. Overall, it has a dark tone for a kids film, almost no scenes of light-heartedness or comedy. Even if there is, it's very subtle and always overlooked.


The Plague Dogs has been given mostly positive reception since its release in the 1980s. It currently has a 60% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.9/10 on IMDb.