DreamWorks Animation to Adapt FLAWED DOGS from BLOOM COUNTY Cartoonist Berkeley Breathed

     February 14, 2011


DreamWorks Animation knows where their bread is buttered and it’s buttered on the side of talking animals with snarky faces.  The company plans to adapt the illustrated novel Flawed Dogs, which was written and illustrated by Bloom County cartoonist Berkeley Breathed.  Per Variety, “Story centers around a dachshund who must reclaim his place in the family after being wrongly exiled by a jealous show dog.”  I hope there’s mention that that the show dog has fucking papers and can’t be boarded.

Breathed will serve as an executive producer on the film.  He said in a statement, “All my stories are sparked by a nugget of truth hiding in plain sight.  In this case, it’s that all animals dream… but only dogs dream of us.”  Awwwww.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of Breathed’s novel.

Here’s a synopsis of Berkley Breathed’s Flawed Dogs:

Pulitzer Prize-winning Berkeley Breathed’s first illustrated novel!

Sam the Lion is actually a priceless dachshund, bred to be a show dog. More important, he is Heidy’s best friend—and she needs one like never before. Living with her reclusive uncle is hard, but Sam has a way of making her feel soft and whole. Until the day Sam is framed by the jealous poodle Cassius, and is cast out by Heidy’s uncle, alone on the wild streets, where he is roughed up by a world he was not bred for. Sporting a soup ladle for a leg, Sam befriends other abandoned dogs and journeys all the way to the Westminster Dog Show, where his plan for revenge on Cassius takes an unexpected turn when he and Heidy spot each other after years of being apart.

Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Berkeley Breathed’s first illustrated novel is a heartwarming and humorous ode to the unconditional and lasting love we and our pets share. [Amazon]


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