A 1980s animated film, originally shown as a three-part series during ABC’s "Weekend Specials". It was based on ''The Tuesday Dog'' by Jack Stoneley. It follows the life of Scruffy, an orphaned puppy left to fend for herself on the streets. While the animation is simple by modern standards, the film is nevertheless a poignant discussion of the lives of stray animals. Despite being made with children in mind, there is little sugar-coating, and the film is often as bleak and depressing as it is heart-warming and touching.
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!!This film provides examples of:
* AdaptationExpansion: The human villain Catlan and his dog Caesar were created just for the special. Also, [[spoiler: Tibbles' mugging attempt]] was added in.
* AllDogsArePurebred: While Scruffy herself is an exception, the book otherwise displays this trope with all the other dogs she meets.
* AnimalTalk: The special has all non-human animals able to communicate with one another through words. This is not the case in the book, which as in real life has barking and body language serving as the dogs' only means of communication.
* CrapsackWorld: Certainly has its moments.
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* {{Expy}}: Scruffy and Butch bear a striking resemblance to LadyAndTheTramp.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Poor, poor [[spoiler: Tibbles.]]
** In the book, [[spoiler: he died of natural causes.]]
* GenderEqualsBreed: [[spoiler: Scruffy and Butch’s puppies.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The following exchange is more than a bit suspect.
--->'''Sam''': Hey Butch, who’s he? Oh! Hehe, my mistake; you’re a "her", not a "him"! My name’s Sam! *bumps noses* What’s yours?
--->'''Scruffy''': S-Scruffy.
--->'''Butch''': Errr, she’s not grown up yet, Sam.
--->'''Sam''': Oh. Well in that case... later, kiddo!
* [[GrumpyOldMan Grumpy Old Dog]]: Solo.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Caesar after his owner abandoned him.]]
* HumansAreBastards: The hunters that [[spoiler:shot Duchess.]] They even think Scruffy herself (as a puppy) is posing a threat to the sheep! ''What the hell?''
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: [[spoiler: Tibbles has one.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Scruffy’s mother, Duchess. Also, Scruffy’s homeless master, Tibbles.]]
* LovableRogue: Butch.
* NeverSayDie: Averted.
* MayDecemberRomance: Scruffy and [[spoiler: Butch.]]
* NarratingTheObvious: The narrator.
* ParentalSubstitute: After her puppy died, Collie finds a new child...a boot.
** In the book she is, for unexplained reasons, infertile, and her affection for the boot is partly due to her experiencing a false pregnancy.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe
* PleaseWakeUp
* PlotHole: A minor one in the book, wherein the collie is deaf [[spoiler: which gets her non-fatally hit by a truck]]. At one point she hears Scruffy barking and rushes over to see what the trouble is.[[note]]And it's not ambiguous: the text specifically says "the collie heard"[[/note]]
* PoundsAreAnimalPrisons: Played with. The dog catchers do seem evil at first, but [[spoiler: they really don't want to put the dogs to sleep. It's just an unfortunate part of their job.]]
* PuppyDogEyes: Scruffy. What do you expect?
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