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Throwback Cinema: THE DOG WHO STOPPED THE WAR (1984)

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Of all the figures of Canuxploitation lore, few have equaled the output and lasting influence of Montreal distributor and producer Rock Demers. Notable for his early association with burgeoning Quebec cinema in the 1960s, Demers made his mark from the 1970s onward as the premier purveyor of quality children's fare this side of the border. He helped finance one of Canada's most bizarre film artifacts, The Christmas Martian, which was somewhat of a precursor to Spielberg's E.T.and his later film, The Peanut Butter Solution, is nearly equally as surreal. With The Dog Who Stopped the War, however, Demers went beyond kitsch and created a holiday perennial that has stood the test of time as one of Canada's premier children's films.

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THE DOG WHO STOPPED THE WAR
CAN 1984 89 min G
Directed by Andre Melancon
Starring Cedric Jourde, Marie-Pierre A. D'Amour, Julien Elie, Minh Vu Duc, Maryse Cartwright

The Dog Who Stopped the War kicked off Demers' "Tales for All" series, a successful and enduring line of children's films. Although shot predominately in Quebec, the films have been dubbed into various languages (Phanta-Scope presents the english dubbed version), and have become television and elementary school mainstays throughout both English and French-speaking Canada. So far, the series has produced 17 family features, but as is usually the case, the best of the series is also the first.
During "show and tell" just before Christmas break, a young boy named Luke (Cedric Jourde) shows off a war bugle, a present from his veteran grandfather. After the children are dismissed for the year, Luke rounds up the gang and proposes the group split in two and engage in a mock war a "war of toques," as the French of the film title states. The group outlines the parameters of the battle, and it becomes clear from the start that Luke rules with an authoritarian fist. This angers some of the other members, causing a second, more democratic party to be formed in opposition, led by Mark (Julien Elie) and his dog, Cleo. Mirroring Canada's cultural mosaic (and making the film more marketable for international audiencesEd.), Mark's group extends both the boundaries of race and gender, as he recruits nerdy Asian kid, Francois (Minh Vu Duc), and the new girl in town, Sophie (Marie-Pierre A. D'Amour).
More than just a generic commentary on war however, the film is also a glorious celebration of the wintry Northern Canadian lifestyle. Although there are no explicit references to Canada, the location and setting of the film could never be construed as anything but Canadian. Featuring sleds, skidoos, skis, hockey sticks and a display of snowsuits that would humble even The Brood, The Dog Who Stopped the War works as a postcard capsule of what it means to be Canadian. There is even a line of trademark anti-American sentiment echoed in the film, where little Francois curses at his walkie-talkie, "Never buy American radios!" While the remainder of the "Tales for All" series took place in inconspicuous locales, The Dog Who Stopped the War, like The Christmas Martian, is seeped from head to toe in Canadiana. - PAUL CORUPE

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