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  1. The trailer for the film and music video for 'Slice of Heaven'.

  2. The credits from this film.


In 1986 Footrot Flats: The Dog's (Tail) Tale and its theme song ‘Slice of Heaven’ were huge hits in New Zealand and Australia. The movie starred the characters from Murray Ball's beloved Footrot Flats comic strip; it was NZ's first — and to date only — animated feature. Kiwiana questions touted the film: Will Wal become an All Black? Will Cooch recover his stolen stag? Will the Dog win your hearts and funny bones? And punters answered at the box office. This John Toon-shot trailer (above) doubled as a promo for the Dave Dobbyn-Herbs song to smartly leverage both.


A Perspective by Tony Hiles 04.11.2008

Footrot Flats: The Dog's (Tail) Tale, made in 1986, was New Zealand's first animated feature film, developed from Murray Ball's widely syndicated newspaper cartoon Footrot ...

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 Murray Ball
 John Barnett
 Pat Cox

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 Baronia Tipu

Baronia Tipu

My bestest choice movie ever :D



I'm a 12 yr old boy and I got inta these books from me dad! Mate, they make me crack up Shiite



I can't wait to take my son this when it opens up at Event Cinemas :)

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1987 Listener Film and Television Awards
Best Original Screenplay: Murray Ball and Tom Scott
Best Contribution to a Film Soundtrack: Sound Designer John McKay
Best Film Score: Dave Dobbyn

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First Prize

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Film Soundtrack of the Year, Producer and Top Male Vocalist of the Year: Dave Dobbyn
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