Australia’s favourite kelpie returns to cinemas on Boxing Day in an origin story.

Red Dog (2011) is one of the highest grossing Australian films at the local box office, and audiences have been eager for more of the legendary kelpie who won over a W.A. mining community during the 1970s.

Prequel Red Dog: True Blue is both a coming-of-age story about the friendship that develops between an 11-year-old boy (Levi Miller) and his canine companion (played by newcomer Phoenix), and an origin story that reveals how Red Dog became known as “The Pilbara Wanderer”.

But will we get to meet his nemesis, Red Cat, as a kitten?