A FILM company with strong links to Cornwall has released a heart-warming animated tale called ?Sgt. Stubby.?

It has a stellar voice cast including? Helena Bonham Carter, Gerard Depardieu and Logan Lerman. The film is based on the incredible real life story of America’s most decorated dog, a stray rescued from the streets of New Haven, Connecticut, by a young doughboy on the eve of America’s entry into World War I.

With the war looming, the life of army doughboy Robert Conroy (?Logan Lerman?) is forever changed when the little stray dog with a stubby tail wanders into his training camp. Conroy gives his new friend a meal, a name, a family and a chance to embark on an adventure that would define a century.

A four-legged American hero, Sgt. Stubby soon finds himself in the trenches of France, embarking on a historic adventure by his beloved soldier’s side.

Narrated by Robert’s sister Margaret (?Helena Bonham Carter?), Stubby and his new best friend quickly find themselves in the trenches of France.

Befriended by French poilu soldier Gaston Baptiste (Gérard Depardieu?), Stubby accompanies the duo along their epic journey through harsh conditions and incredible acts of courage.

As combat rages around them, Stubby keeps the trenches vermin-free, alerts his comrades-in-arms of incoming attacks, rescues the wounded in No Man’s Land and catches a German spy.

For valorous actions above and beyond his small stature, Stubby becomes the most decorated dog in history and the first dog promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the US army.    

The film has been created by Fun Academy Media Group, whose producer and head of creative is Emily Cantrill who lives near Penzance. Emily brought the first images of Sgt. Stubby: An Unlikely Hero to life. Her husband ‘Moss’ contributed sound design and foley support and Redruth based Ali Watson used her dog ‘Coral’ to provide the initial voice recordings for Sgt. Stubby. Alban Roinard who is based in St Ives, also  worked on the film.