Helped by hit song 'Slice of Heaven', Footrot Flats - The Dog's TailTale became the most successful Kiwi release of the 1980s. It also managed to win over viewers in Australia (where the animation work was handled). The adaptation of Murray Ball's beloved comic strip bought his beloved cast of animals to earthy life, alongside farmer Wal — voiced by John Clarke (Peter Rowley plays Dog). The opening clip served double duty as both movie trailer, and music video for Dave Dobbyn's hook-laden 'Slice of Heaven'. It proved to be a key weapon in the film's Australian success. Tony Hiles writes about the movie here.
...it's a Trans-Tasman thing. Although all the actors and all the music and all the direction and that sort of thing comes from New Zealand, the animation itself was done in Australia.– Footrot Flats director Murray Ball, in the making of documentary
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Closing credits song 'Slice of Heaven' written by Dave Dobbyn; performed by Dave Dobbyn, Herbs & Bruce Lynch
'You Oughta Be in Love' written by Dave Dobbyn; performed by Dave Dobbyn, Bruce Lynch & Ardijah