Owen Gleiberman
August 27, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

A Dog of Flanders

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
101 minutes
performer
Jeremy James Kissner, Jon Voight, Jack Warden
director
Kevin Brodie
distributor
Warner Home Video
author
Kevin Brodie
genre
Kids and Family, Drama
We gave it a D

If you’ve been longing to see the worst family entertainment of 1966, A Dog of Flanders may be the movie for you: It’s as stilted and icky-wholesome as a bad episode from ”The Wonderful World of Disney.” In the 18th century, a blond Dutch-boy orphan, living with his grandfather and faithful pooch, dreams of becoming a painter in the spirit of Rubens. Based on a popular children’s book, the movie itself is a study in dankly lit farm-country interiors, ham actors uglified by muttonchops, and general quaint tedium. As the kindly artist-aristocrat who becomes the boy’s mentor, Jon Voight takes a nothing role and gives it the benefit of his sweetness, a quality that has been all but doused in this once-great actor’s recent performances.

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