Every dog has his day, at least during dog themed month.
Rowf and Snitter are test subjects at an animal research lab, and when they get the chance, they escape. But once in the wild, they must prey on farm animals to stay alive. They team up with a crafty fox named "The Tod" who helps them to evade their human pursuers. At first, the lab denies any knowledge of the escaped dogs, but eventually the media breaks a story that 2 dogs are in fact missing from the lab and quite possibly infected with bubonic plague. This news causes the locals to demand action be taken. As a result, military forces are called in to track down the animals.
From the same director as Watership Down, The Plague Dogs is also based on a book by Richard Adams, and features similar lifelike animal animation. In fact, the animation is quite impressive as it captures the quirks and actions of these animals that give them endearing personality. This 1982 film never got a real release in the US, and even on DVD is only available in its full version in Austrailia. I guess there isn't a huge market for depressing animal films.
This is really a sad story about these two canines who just want to be free. They want to escape the cruelty of the "whitecoats" and find nice masters. Snitter has recently undergone some brain vivisection and so he is a bit out of it, but Rowf takes care of his little companion. This isn't your typical furry animal film. From the opening scene of Rowf being nearly drowned in a water tank, its clear that little kids would be deeply disturbed by the content here. These poor forlorn pups earn a somber B+.
The Plague Dogs