Fido’s Soul


Leave it to the Canadians to come up with a smart, thought-provoking comedy, beautifully mixing the cheery ideals of white, suburbia with the brutality and gore of zombie horror.

Fido has the following foundation: 1) Space dust awakens the dead, creating zombies, 2) Humans are victorious in the Zombie War, 3) Using a special collar, zombies are turned into domestic slaves.

This zombie parody through the lens of 50’s pop culture deals specifically with a boy named Timmy and his love for his new zombie, Fido (named by Timmy). After the zombie accidentally eats Timmy’s neighbor (“Bad boy, Fido!”), the story unfolds from there with a deepening of their relationship through a series of events to cover-up Fido’s naughty behavior.

As there are many interesting talking points throughout the film, one can’t help but think of the concept of soul…and what makes a person…person. Void within most of our culture is the concept of soul, instead seeing humans strictly as biological machines and genetic code. The underlining presupposition going unnoticed within our world today is that the humans are no different than animals (i.e. the outrage over Michael Vick) and soon will be no different than robots (i.e. the recent discussion in England over robot ethics and rights.)

I believe animals should have rights. Yes, I also believe robots will someday need to have rights. However, when the rights of animal or machine begin to equate themselves with humans…that is when our humanness is devalued…losing our unique composition of soul, being made in the image of God. (Gen 1:26-27)

The unique twist to Fido is that our star zombie challenges the ideals of the suburban subculture he exists within. In a world that is so mechanical, rote, & “zombie-like” with career, “keeping up with the Joneses,” and squelching feelings…the soul-less Fido unveils his owners’ need for soul.

In the words of Interpol, “You see I’ve got this soul, It’s all fired up.”

May a wildfire of the human soul spread amongst our cultural thickets and societal grasslands.


~ by Dave Smith on December 15, 2007.

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