If you’re looking for a family film for your next night in, here’s a title to try. Owd Bob tells the story of recently orphaned American teenager David Roberts. David goes to live with his uncle, Adam McAdam, on a sheep-farm on the Isle of Man off the coast of Whales for the summer. Uncle Adam is less than inviting. However, David and Uncle Adam share a love of dogs, particularly the farm’s sheepdog Bob. David, in search of companionship, makes friends with a neighbor girl, Maggie. But Maggie’s father and Uncle Adam have had a long-standing disagreement related to sheep herding competitions. To complicate matters, it looks as if Bob the dog might be responsible for several recent attacks on the local sheep. Another sheep herding competition happens at the end of summer, but no one could have predicted the outcome.
If you’re wondering about the title “owd” is simply the Welsh version of the word “old”. And this story is, indeed, old. It was originally published as a book written by Alfred Ollivant in 1898, and has since been republished in the 1920s, 1960s, 1980s, and most recently in 2010. Each time the story is updated a bit, but the central character of Bob the dog and a sheep herding competition remains. The original story line has been updated again for this movie version that came out in 1998, 100 years after the book was first published. Before this movie version, the story appeared twice on screen: in 1924 and 1938. This story certainly has stood the test of time, so why not try it yourself at the next family movie night?
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You can get the DVD reviewed here and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit, on the North Campus. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”
Owd Bob. Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
1 disc, 105 min.
DVD. Family Feature.