Murray Ball RIP



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  • bugger, grew up reading those.
    Your not a kiwi if you didnt love Dog, Horse and Wal and co.



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    Loved Footrot Flats.

    Horse was my favourite.



  • @Virgil said in Murray Ball RIP:

    bugger, grew up reading those.
    Your not a kiwi if you didnt love Dog, Horse and Wal and co.

    A woman once said to me, "You're not a kiwi if you haven't watched Shortland Street." I did grow up on Footrot Flats though. Sad news.



  • @Samurai-Jack said in Murray Ball RIP:

    @Virgil said in Murray Ball RIP:

    bugger, grew up reading those.
    Your not a kiwi if you didnt love Dog, Horse and Wal and co.

    A woman once said to me, "You're not a kiwi if you haven't watched Shortland Street." I did grow up on Footrot Flats though. Sad news.

    Then that woman is a cunt Jack

    A dunny was incomplete if it didn't have afew footrot flats books within easy reach.

    RIP and thanks heaps Murray



  • RIP Murray Ball. Thanks for adding to my childhood.



  • RIP Murray. I spent many hours reading Footrot Flats as a child.

    Don't forget he was a handy rugby player too and made the NZ Juniors.



  • RIP.

    You could not measure the amount of pleasure his writing has given millions of children in NZ and beyond. I absolutely loved the movie as a kid, no idea how many times I watched it.

    A true Kiwi legend.



  • I cried today.

    I will be surprised if there isn't a book or 'Weekender' that I haven't read at dozen times.

    If I was ever to do mastermind it would be on Footrot Flats



  • He "got" NZ.

    I recall the story that when they were doing the movie the Australian animators or background artists just couldn't get the NZ farm imagery: kept doing gum trees and stuff so they had to take them out to the country. Ball just seemed to do macrocarpas and fern and bush just so naturally.

    I always imagined Raupo was somewhere like Wairoa.



  • There was a great interview with him about a year back in the weekend Dominion post, he had a bloody interesting life before he settled down on the farm .
    I remember the books being a regular xmas gift for me and my mates, those wild pigs near the Murphys house used to scare the shit out of me when I was little.



  • @Samurai-Jack said in Murray Ball RIP:

    @Virgil said in Murray Ball RIP:

    bugger, grew up reading those.
    Your not a kiwi if you didnt love Dog, Horse and Wal and co.

    A woman once said to me, "You're not a kiwi if you haven't watched Shortland Street." I did grow up on Footrot Flats though. Sad news.

    That woman needs to shut the fuck up.



  • I must have seen the movie 20 times. Farking love it.

    For some weird reason it was shown on a movie channel when I was staying at a hotel in Norway. This was during the 2011 RWC and I took that as a sign that it was finally our year.

    "We're still the world champions! Nanananana."

    "I've been shit on by a bloody vulture."



  • @booboo said in Murray Ball RIP:

    I recall the story that when they were doing the movie the Australian animators or background artists just couldn't get the NZ farm imagery: kept doing gum trees and stuff so they had to take them out to the country. Ball just seemed to do macrocarpas and fern and bush just so naturally.

    Its a different landscape. You have green stuff, for example. And we don't have land slips! 🙂

    The humour easily transferred to this side of the ditch. My Dad - as a sheep farmer - loved Footrot Flats, even though the dusty hills and plains of our place were miles from what was illustrated in the comic strips. As a kid, I laughed most at the intro pieces in each volume, where Dog compares the Murphy Dogs to Germans in WW1 and other imagery.

    Great stuff



  • loving this thread, all the little bits of peoples memories....am going out tomorrow to buy TR Jnr one of his books!

    Pretty sure the kids have seen the movie, but I am gonna get that this week too!!



  • Wals all black fantasy, gold

    Whole movie here,



  • Great kiwi movie, saw it at the movies as a teenager, and must have watched the making of it 100 times



  • Going to make the whanau watch it tonight, we saw it on the big screen a couple of times as a kid. Theatre was packed both times.



  • @jegga said in Murray Ball RIP:

    Going to make the whanau watch it tonight, we saw it on the big screen a couple of times as a kid. Theatre was packed both times.

    Always remember how cool the helicopter scenes sounded at the local theatre, buzzing around from all directions



  • When I worked in the US one of my American work colleagues lent me his DVD copy of "The Dog's Tale" once he found out I was a Kiwi. He had briefly spent time working in NZ and had fallen in love with Footrot Flats. The comic strip/movie did have universal appeal.