A boy and his zombie

A boy and his zombie

My zombie radar is pretty sharp, but someone “Fido” slipped past my sensors two years ago. The uber-subversive comedy stars Billy Connolly as Fido, a zombie who works as an indentured servant for the Robinsons.

Let’s back up a minute. “Fido” posits an alternate reality, circa the 1950s, when zombies and humans coexist. Humans defeated the zombies and, thanks to the Zom Com corporation, turned the zombies into docile slaves. And every family should have its own zombie, right?
Young Timmy Robinson (K’Sun Ray) forms a paternal bond with Fido only to find zombies are far more complicated pets than your average canine.
That’s the setting for this ambitious satire, which thanks to flat direction and uneven characterizations doesn’t quite fulfill its promise. It’s still blisteringly original and chock full of style, from its candy-colored sets to the gleeful mocking of the era. And it sure looks beautiful for a modestly budgeted project.

The brief “making of” featurette doesn’t fill in many blanks regarding the true meaning behind the film. Try this interview from Rotten Tomatoes for a better look inside the world of “Fido.”

Director Andrew Currie’s impulses lean to the left – and more power to him for doing so with such a creative spin. Sadly, film critic John Anderson of Newsday used the film as his own ideological cudgel:

But the real story is about Mom and her rotting house servant: In a world where conformity is currency, Mom would prefer a sensitive corpse to a live conservative. Therein lies a lesson for us all.Biases, like zombies, never die.

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