After one too many rage-filled outbursts, a magical talking dog named Basketball must talk his owner, Frank, out of having him put down.
Writer and Director
Daniel is a comedy and documentary short films creator, covering subjects like adult circumcision, nerd friendship, and the real-life underground sport of Hedge Jumping. He works professionally in Vancouver as an editor, actor, and filmmaker for Lush North America. His editing work has screened at TIFF, VIFF, Hot Docs, DOXA, CBC, Crazy 8s, Telus Storyhive, IGN, Vimeo Staff Picks, and has received two Leo Award nominations.
A New Leash On Life
Made to surprise and delight audiences, A New Leash On Life explores pet euthanasia through the talking dog genre, and proudly reunites Canadian TV icons Fred Ewanuick and Nancy Robertson for the first time since Corner Gas. It also introduces Riverton - perhaps the most beautiful (and energetic) golden lab to grace a film set.
A small staple of the comedy world is the talking animal film. You could say that it's kind of a sub-genre within itself even though the talking animal film can comprise some different stories and genres. Much of the 2000s saw a market saturated with movies involving a cast of talking animals or those playing supportive roles with human characters. Nowadays it is not so common, mostly in the live-action medium. Of course, that's not to say that the talking animal film is 'dying out', but its prominence in new releases has been on a downward slope in recent times. There simply aren't as many talking animal movies out there in comparison to 7-8 years ago. However, some filmmakers cannot look at trends to figure out the way the story needs to be told, like in 'A New Leash On Life'.
Genre: Dark Comedy
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Aspect ratio: 2:35
Shotting format: Digital
Run time: 11:30