Pros:This movie is just plain fun.
Cons:Strongly biased against cats.
The Bottom Line: This is a good movie for family viewing and for school-aged children. It has action, adventure and humor, as well as a good moral message.
Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.
This movie relies heavily upon special effects to create convincing anthropomorphism. There was no doubt that the animals were speaking. However, many of the animal character's movements were jerky and difficult to follow. Some of the action scenes were so dark that the viewer had to work to see what was really happening. (The adult viewer will also notice that the film maker did little to hide the fact that more than one puppy was used to play the main character. This is supposed to be a male puppy, but one scene blatantly exposes the underbelly of a female pup.) The smaller children in the audience seemed to lose interest early in the film. This was most likely due to the heavy reliance upon dialog to tell the story, as well as the overall visual blandness of the film. Pre-schoolers would not get a lot out of the movie. Older children and adults can appreciate the film for its novelty. It's a whole new take-off on telling a story from the animals' viewpoint, made possible by new technologies. The animal characters are fairly well-developed, there is a lot of action and a lot to laugh about. The plot is your typical good vs. evil. It expands upon the stereotypes of dogs as being man's best friend and of cats as being aloof and merely tolerant of humans. Hopefully, no one will take this seriously or they will come away thinking cats are totally evil.
I chose to see this movie because of the previews, which showed animals doing physically impossible things. I also have two teenagers who wanted to see the film for the same reason. I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys humor. It is a very funny show.
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Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 9 - 12