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Fido (2006) – Rated R

“Director Andrew Currie’s imaginative horror-comedy follows the misadventures of typical boy-next-door Timmy Robinson (K’Sun Ray) and his very unusual pet — a loyal, lumbering zombie named Fido (Billy Connolly). Problems arise when Fido breaks loose and noshes on a neighbor. Timmy is suddenly forced into damage-control mode while he tries to persuade his parents (Carrie-Anne Moss and Dylan Baker) to keep Fido.”

“Now, I know you’re not supposed to have a hand gun until you’re twelve… but it can come in real handy. “

Fido is director Andrew Currie’s first theatrical motion picture and he knocks it out of the park. Andrew Currie, Robert Chomiak, and Dennis Heaton wrote this based on Dennis Heaton’s story. The screenplay and movie are marvelous. It is clear that all involved have not only a love of zombies but a love of movies as well.

Billy Connolly is superb as the titular Fido. The movie would not have been nearly as delightful without his comic touch. His performance reminds me of Peter Boyle in Young Frankenstein though certainly more subtle. As is obvious from the title and character name, Fido is, at heart, a boy and his dog story. The boy, Timmy (a nod to Lassie?), is played by K’Sun Ray (now known as Kesun Loder). K’Sun looks like he stepped out of a Spielberg movie and is a good foil.

Timmy’s parents are played to perfection. His mom, Helen, is played by Carrie-Anne (The Matrix, Memento) Moss. His father, Bill, is played with anti-zombie abandon by Dylan Baker (who would be featured in another classic horror movie Trick R Treat). Tim Blake Nelson has a lot of fun as the zombie-loving Mr. Theopolis. Character actor Henry Czerny is suitably helpful/evil as the head of security at ZomCom, Mr. Bottoms.

This movie is hilarious on so many levels. As a zombie comedy, it holds its own against Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland. As a sendup of idyllic family life and to a lesser extent corporations and public service films, it is hysterical. The sublime beauty of the film shows up best though if you are a fan of Douglas Sirk’s melodramas or at least remember Leave it to Beaver.

The film begins brilliantly with a 1950s-style educational short. The set design is fabulous and the color schemes are nothing short of amazing. There are a few nods to some of Spielberg’s outdoor scenes as well.

People Watch: Carrie-Anne Moss’ real-life mother, Barbara Moss plays Helen’s (Carrie-Anne Moss’) mom. True story – a good friend of mine named his daughter Trinity after Moss’ character in The Matrix.