The tragedy of it all


Aside from the traumatic mistake of rooting for Miriam Santiago, the early 90s reminded me of those times when life was simple and controlled. The programs aired in Channel 2 made a lot of sense back then with Ang TV at the helm. When it was Boy Abunda – Kris Aquino free, ABS-CBN made intelligent moves in hooking its audience without making them cry too much or toying with people’s desperate situations in game shows.

It was a time of wonder. It was a time of Tagalog-dubbed anime shows. Most notable of all is A Dog of Flanders.

Why I picked A Dog of Flanders over Cedie (ang munting Princesa (!?)) and Princess Sarah?

  1. The Story and Characterization. One of the rare times that I didn’t mind hearing Caucasians speak in Tagalog. Ginoong Boman, Lolo Jehan, Nello, and Patrasche. Plot? Poor innocent boy with hidden talent in drawing gets persecuted and the climax is that he dies with his dog in the end after viewing his idol’s masterpiece. San ka pa? It’s a different kind of happy ending for a guy weaned at fairy tales and Disney movies.
  2. Quality of animation. Early anime’s are a lot better compared to what we see now. For a tv series, this one’s praise-worthy. The attention to detail and character design were a perfect fit.
  3. That lasting tear-jerking experience that rivals The Death of Optimus Prime. I get misty remembering that episode where Nello and Patrasche die. Before death took them, Nello and his dog “luckily” got a view of Peter Paul Ruben’s work. It was this piece that wasn’t shown in the TV series:


The Elevation of the Cross by Peter Paul Rubens. The poor boy and his dog saw this on Christmas Eve (Image from Wikipedia).

Justice for Nello and Patrasche!