Rock Dog

Synopsis: When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events.
Director(s): Ash Brannon
  2 nominations.
90 min



Glorious, isn't it?

The sheep that settled here

call it Snow Mountain.

The mastiffs protect the villages

in these parts.

It's a duty their kind has honored

for generations.

-(Bodi yips)

And this here is Bodi.

He may not look like much right now,

but just you wait.

(music playing)

It's a simple life here.

Make wool. Make music.

(sheep screams)

And that song they're playing,

it's the only one they know.

To me, it's paradise.

And the city I came from

is a distant memory.

(sheep snoring)

But even in paradise,

you can't hide from trouble.

Because where there's sheep,

there's these guys.


(playing tovshuur)

(wolves grunting)

(glass shattering)

(sheep screaming)

(wolves growling)

The wolves didn't count on

Khampa's secret weapon,


Deadly Mastiff Paw.


Born of a fire that burns

from deep down inside.

(cheering, bleating)


Linnux and his gang

were whooped so bad,

we were all sure

they were gone for good.

But Khampa figured otherwise.

- He built an army.

-(inhales deeply)

And he started training Bodi.

When Bodi could stay focused, that is.

(music playing)

Well, that was the end of music

in the village.

Khampa said that it was a distraction.

- That we had to be vigilant.

-(sheep sobbing)

(lock clicks)

Well, things around here

got a whole lot quieter.

(plucking tovshuur string)

Until one day...

(grunts softly)

It's too bad they have to be

locked up like that.

That's for sure.

- Aren't you supposed to be somewhere?

Am I?

Oh! Oh, yeah, right!

See you later, Fleetwood!


You and me will check in later, huh?

(sheep murmuring indistinctly)

- Morning, guys!

-(sheep grunts)

(indistinct chatter)

- Hey, Floyd!

- Hey. Morning, Bodi. (humming)




(sheep exclaiming)

(indistinct chatter)

- Hi! (screams)

- (gasps)


(screaming continues)

Fall in!

-(sheep group grunting)

Follow the mastiff in front of you!

- Go! Go! Go! Go! Go!


-(sheep group grunting)

- You're late. Again.

Sorry, Dad.

(bell dings)

(springy metallic clanging)


-(both gasping)

Hold still, hold still, okay.

Come back here. Just a second.

There you go.

(sheep grunting)

(crowd cheering)

All right. Hey, hey.

All right, all right, break it up.

(crowd groaning)

Quit horsing around, guys.


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

Whoa, whoa, where's Carl?


-(sheep bleating)

- Come on! Double time it!

Let's go! Let's go! Move it, move it!

Whoa, whoa, whoa!

Just on backwards.

Come here. Adjust. There we go.

(springy metallic clanging)

Ten hut!

(metal clangs)

(metal clanging)

Keep your eyes peeled, troops.

They could be anywhere.

I can't see a thing.

- Your eyes open?

Oh, yeah, there we go.


Why are we dressing up

like dogs, Khampa?


If the enemy thinks there's an army here,

they won't invade.

- We've been over this! Come on!

Oh, that's right!

-(sheep agreeing)

- I swear, they're like a bunch of animals

that can't think for themselves.

Yeah, yeah.

Well, I'm just gonna go ahead and...

Whoa, whoa, where you going?

- You finish your chores?

- Yeah.

- Shelves are restocked?

- Front to back.

- Shower drain dewooled?

- Did it yesterday.

- Towels dried?

- Soft and fluffy.

- New heads painted?

- Double-coated.

- What about the time cards?

- Sorted.

Now, I-- I don't think

I told you about this,

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Ash Brannon

Ash Brannon (born 1969 in Columbus, Georgia) is an American animator, writer and director. He was a story artist and directing animator on Toy Story and co-director on Toy Story 2. Besides working at Pixar he has also worked with DreamWorks Animation on Over the Hedge and Sony Pictures Animation on Surf's Up. He also directed and wrote the 2016 computer-animated film Rock Dog. Brannon studied visual arts at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida for high school and went on to CalArts for further education. Studying in CalArts Character Animation program, Brannon likewise practiced his skills in animation as a trainee for Disney Animation's 1989 film The Little Mermaid, from 1990 to 1992. In the meantime, Brannon served as an animator for such projects as Nike's Hare Jordan Super Bowl ad in 1992 and the television series That's Warner Bros.!.He won an Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production and Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production on Toy Story 2. He was also nominated for an Oscar in 2007 on Surf's Up.According to the Toy Story 2 DVD audio commentary, Al McWhiggin's license plate "LZTYBRN," is Brannon's actual license plate. more…

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