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Disney’s Dug scoops Palme Dog

May 23, 2009

cannes6It is the highest accolade for canine performers around the world. This year’s “Palme Dog” for best dog at the Cannes film festival goes to … Dug!

The makers of Disney’s 3D animation “Up” will doubtless be delighted at Dug the Dog’s award. Being a computer-generated figment of an animator’s imagination, Dug was not in Cannes to collect his trophy, but it could bode well going into next year’s awards season.

“I think the chances of a dog upstaging a human character are very great,” said Toby Rose, who organises the Palme Dog each year in the French Riviera resort. “And may be that explains the fact that the Palme Dog is a relatively recent prize because human actors have always been scared stiff of being upstaged. As we know, they have fragile egos.”

Up was the opening movie at this year’s festival, and delighted audiences with its effects and simple yet touching storyline. The relatively minor matter of the Palme d’Or for best film comes on Sunday evening, wrapping up the 12-day event.

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