Guard Dog

These days, we might get instant satisfaction when it comes to big-screen films, but not shorts. Watching short films is often an exercise in patience and yearning. You see it, you want it, you wait, and if you're lucky, you might see it pop on the 'net in a few years, or on a DVD somewhere.

But when they do hit, oh, the joy!

You can now watch the excellent Bill Plympton's Oscar-nominated Guard Dog in its entirety above. Wonderfully warped and classic Plympton, the short follows an energetic dog wanting to keep his owner safe. Unfortunately, rather than just protecting his dog walker from danger, he protects the guy from everything. Ninja birds. Cruel crickets. Savage squirrels. You name it! Man, if they did what this dog imagines they could do, I don't think any of us would ever leave the house. I promise you, it's great. Watch it! If you don't agree, I'll have to shake some funny into you.

And, as an added bonus: Plympton's follow-up, Guide Dog, is also popping up today.