Notes on a Prophetic Belgian Anime: Chien Méchant
Talk about surreal! Talk about prophetic! Unbelievable!
In the restored Belgian anime of 1995 – just released —
all the color in the face of the man walking a Doberman
drains from ruddy to chalk-white. Eyes bulge out of their
sockets on springs as the lunging spike-collared dog tugs
the leash out of the walker’s hand, bounds ahead, barking,
its bared teeth out there ahead of the head by a good half-
foot, snapping like store teeth and barking.
The dog-walker, his eyes snapped back into their sockets,
looks down at the hand that held the leash. It is smoking!
And the dog – whoa! — meanwhile, charges right into the
crowd of people awaiting the speaker. The crowd unzips
like the Red Sea back in the day – and the dog bounds up
onto the podium and gripping it with both paws, becomes
POTUS! The crowd goes bonkers. The breathless minder,
a dead ringer for H.R. McMaster — winces.