The Plague Dogs
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Martin Rosen
Tony Guy (animation)
Produced by Martin Rosen
Written by Martin Rosen
Based on The Plague Dogs 
by Richard Adams
Starring John Hurt
Christopher Benjamin
James Bolam
Music by Patrick Gleeson
Distributed by Embassy Pictures
MGM/UA Entertainment Company
Release dates
  • 22 October 1982 (1982-10-22) (UK)
  • 17 December 1983 (1983-12-17) (US)
Running time
103 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Plague Dogs is a 1982 British adult animated epic adventure drama film based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Richard Adams. The film was written, directed and produced by Martin Rosen, who also directed Watership Down, the film version of another novel by Adams. The Plague Dogs was produced by Nepenthe Productions; it was released by Embassy Pictures in the United States and by United Artists in the United Kingdom. The film was rated PG-13 by the MPAA for violent images and thematic elements. Like the film version of Watership Down, The Plague Dogs was the only MGM animated film that was not a family film.

The film's story is centered on two dogs named Rowf and Snitter, who escape from a research laboratory in Great Britain. In the process of telling the story, the film highlights the cruelty of performing vivisection and animal research for its own sake (though Martin Rosen said that this was not an anti-vivisection film, but an adventure), an idea that had only recently come to public attention during the 1960s and 1970s.

Parodies (Don't delete, but you can add some more)

  1. The Plague Dogs/Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
  2. The Plague Dogs/Pinocchio
  3. The Plague Dogs/Sleeping Beauty
  4. The Plague Dogs/The Pagemaster
  5. The Plague Dogs/The Rescuers
  6. The Plague Dogs/Fantasia
  7. The Plague Dogs/Star Wars
  8. The Plague Dogs/Indiana Jones
  9. The Plague Dogs/Back to the Future
  10. The Plague Dogs/The Wizard of Oz
  11. The Plague Dogs/Lady and the Tramp
  12. The Plague Dogs/101 Dalmatians
  13. The Plague Dogs/The Aristocats
  14. The Plague Dogs/The Fox and the Hound
  15. The Plague Dogs/Balto
  16. The Plague Dogs/The Flight of Dragons
  17. The Plague Dogs/The Last Unicorn
  18. The Plague Dogs/Banjo the Woodpile Cat
  19. The Plague Dogs/Oliver and Company
  20. The Plague Dogs/Dinosaur
  21. The Plague Dogs/The Land Before Time
  22. The Plague Dogs/An American Tail
  23. The Plague Dogs/The Secret of NIMH
  24. The Plague Dogs/The Sword in the Stone
  25. The Plague Dogs/The Little Mermaid
  26. The Plague Dogs/Aladdin
  27. The Plague Dogs/Hercules
  28. The Plague Dogs/The Jungle Book (1967)
  29. The Plague Dogs/The Lion King
  30. The Plague Dogs/Pocahontas