The Dog Who Stopped the War

CAN | 1984 | 89 min | G

During Christmas holidays, the children of a small village split themselves into two groups and begin preparing a week-long snowball war. The rivalry opens up tension among group members, especially leaders Luc and Sophie.


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.


Director: Andre Melancon
Cast: Cedric Jourde, Marie-Pierre A. D'Amour, Julien Elie, Minh Vu Duc, Maryse Cartwright


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