The newly reopened New Yorker Films has announced its first acquisition, picking up all US rights to the animation My Dog Tulip.

The film will open theatrically on September 1 at Film Forum in New York City followed by a national release. It premiered at Toronto in 2009.

Paul and Sandra Fierlinger wrote, directed and animated the film, based on J R Ackerley’s memoirs about his childhood relationship with his German shepherd. Christopher Plummer, the late Lynn Redgrave and Isabella Rossellini provide voice talent.

The film-makers claim My Dog Tulip is the first animated feature ever to be entirely hand-drawn and painted utilsing paperless computer technology. Norman Twain, Howard Kaminsky and Frank Pellegrino produced.

Jose Lopez of New Yorker Films brokered the deal with Andrew Herwitz of The Film Sales Company.