Cinema: Animal Crackers FUNNY FARM

Directed by George Roy Hill Screenplay by Jeffrey Boam

Andy Farmer (Chevy Chase) sits by the fireplace; his lazy, lovable pet, Yellow Dog, dozes at his feet. An odor catches Andy's attention -- hmmm, something's burning. The master of this Vermont farmhouse eases on over to the hearth, extracts Yellow Dog's tail from the cinders and gently stubs it out like a spent cigar. The pooch barely opens one glazed eye. This scene, briefer than a minute, is a vagrant moment of unforced drollery in Funny Farm's carnival of sylvan horrors.

Welcome to Redbud, Andy and Elizabeth (Madolyn Smith). He hopes to write that big novel; she's looking for peace...

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