Tall, Dark, and Dead – 81 – Fido / Zombino
Title: Fido / Zombino
Director: Andrew Currie
Leads: Kesun Loder, Billy Connolly, Carrie-Anne Moss
Favorite quote: “I’d say I’m a pretty darn good father. My father tried to eat me. I don’t remember trying to eat Timmy.”
“Bill, just because your father tried to eat you, does that mean we all have to be unhappy…forever?”
Thoughts: This movie is just freaking adorable.
This is the kind of zombie movie where I sit through the entire thing with my hands curled under my chin like some kind of bobbysoxer, sighing intermittently. It hits so many of my personal sweet spots. Cute, moral zombies – check! People standing up for zombies – check! Crinolines – check! (Retro zombies are the best. Prove me wrong.)
The decision to place this story in a 1950s setting was absolutely brilliant – because I can’t help but think that it wasn’t done for aesthetic reasons alone. The lengths to which the living have gone to harness and tame the zombies amongst them, to render them harmless – and useful – so perfectly mirrors atomic-era American idealism and confidence. We’d beaten back the Nazis, and we thought we could conquer absolutely any threat – heck, not only conquer it, but bend it to our will. Incorporate it into the telling of our own story. Frame it not as an accomplishment, but as commonplace, almost boring evidence of our own natural exceptionalism. Fabulous.
But, philosophizing aside – I just love the number of heroic zombie characters and sympathetic living people in this movie. Fido is brave, loyal, and doting. Tammy doesn’t just tolerate the “uses” to which she’s put, but honestly seems to love her human caretaker – a man who, while perverted, has made true sacrifices for her. What’s more, these characteristics seem to extend (definitely extend, in Fido’s case) beyond the technologies designed to domesticate them, turning them into characters you can truly admire and love.
This is zombies done right. This is where my heart lies.