Fido takes a bite out of its competition, and claws at traditional zombie movies to create a movie experience that is horrifyingly funny. This is a movie that pretends to eat at your heart, but ends up picking at your brain-and taking swings at your funny bone.
A cloud of radiation engulfed the planet, and Earth’s people later found out that this space dust causes the re-animation of dead bodies. In other words, the dead will walk the earth as zombies. Shortly after the Zombie Wars, a corporation known as Zomcon built reinforcements surrounding the cities, and lead a scientific breakthrough. Their chief scientist invented a collar that when worn by a zombie, would make it as docile as a household pet. So families everywhere were employing zombies as pets and servants.
All-American kid Timmy Robinson has very few friends, and even gets bullied at school. His mother Helen (Carrie-Anne Moss) decides to get the family a zombie ,much to the dismay of her husband Bill (Dylan Baker). Timmy doesn’t like the zombie very much at first because his father has taught him to fear zombies. Timmy lightens up to his zombie quickly though and nostalgically names him Fido (Billy Connolly), after Fido defends Timmy from the neighborhood bullies. When Fido accidentally eats an old woman, the Robinson’s find themselves in a bit of trouble and Mr. Robinson gets rid of Fido against his family’s wishes.
The reason why Fido works, is that it takes two completely different molds of films and combines them into one hilarious scenario. On one hand, you have your classic children’s film in which the loner kid gets a fantastically talented pet (Lassie, Beethoven, Air Bud, Dunston Checks In, Harry and the Hendersons). On the other hand, you have a new spin on the old Zombie film, taking a cue from Shaun of the Dead. The twist is that the family that finds themselves warming up to their amazing pet, finds themselves warming up to a flesh-eating zombie instead of a basketball shooting dog.
Billy Connolly, which you may or may not recognize from the TV show Head of the Class or his performance in the cult hit The Boondock Saints, puts on a show as the lovable but deadly zombie named Fido. Connolly’s performance is hilariously accurate to both the role of endearing pet and flesh-eating zombie. His performance is supported wonderfully by the very convincing and very hot mother figure played by Carrie-Anne Moss. Moss provides the right amount of motherly sugar, and a great amount of spice when she finds herself warming up to Fido. Each actor was perfect in their roles, as this film required a certain amount of over-the-top performing.
The film never pretends to take itself seriously. On the contrary, the film is filled with laughs and takes every chance to stab at the very films it resembles. The film may resemble a children’s film, but claws at the genre with very adult humor and hilarious innuendos. Tim Blake Nelson plays a neighbor who is a bit too familiar with his zombie, which is a 20-something girl that has barely decomposed because she was given her Zomcon collar just before death. The film simply just does not stop with the punches, or ever let down its guard. The film sticks to its premise loyally through the credits.
If you are in the mood for a comedy, you will find a bunch of laughs. If you like spoofs, you are in luck. If you like zombie flicks, you won’t be disappointed. Fido satisfies on several levels, providing laughs, fun and horror.