This independent animation gained numerous festival awards in the 1980s.
“The Black Dog represents the same sort of advance in animation that The Marriage of Figaro was in opera”, wrote the animator Richard Taylor in his Guardian obituary to Alison De Vere (1927 – 2001).
He continued; “It is a fully entertaining cartoon film, beautifully designed and animated, but covering in its events and characters themes of self-discovery and experience of the deepest kind. There is, towards the end of the film, an image of the relationship between parent and child that is unbelievably moving. The film collected armfuls of awards internationally.”