Movie Review: Paw Patrol The Movie

Paw Patrol: The Movie will be unleashed in theaters and Paramount+ this Friday, August 20, 2021.

If you don’t have a little one in your life, the Paw Patrol might not be one you recognize. I myself headed into a screening for “Paw Patrol: The Movie” who’s nephew squees with delight at the mention of his favorite animated hero pups. Animated movies are geared towards children, however Disney for example not only peaks childrens interest, but adults as well. That being said I went into the screening of Paw Patrol: The Movie thinking I would be underwhelmed and the movie would swing towards solely kids attention, leaving the adult bored and ready for the movie to be over. To my surprise, I found Paw Patrol: The Movie to be engaging and funny.

The premise of Paw Patrol is to get you to believe 10-year-olds can run around with their pups (who, yes, can talk to humans) and save the city. Paw Patrol: The Movie continues with the same premise as the series does. In the movie Ryder and the Paw Patrol Pups work to save the city from political corruption. But political corruption isn’t the only heavy theme peppered throughout the film. There are messages about owning your fear, caring for your environment and even unpacking trauma. Mind you they do this all in a G-rated movie setting—impressive.

Let’s Talk About Paw Patrol: The Movie

Ryder (human and voiced by Will Brisbin) and his squad of pups run Adventure Bay’s rescue operations. Top pup Chase—catchphrase “Chase is on the case” (voiced by Iain Armitage) has always felt safe since Ryder brought him home from the streets of Adventure City (think New York City and a small puppy running loose). Everything changes the day a spunky dachshund named Liberty (Marsai Martin), calls the Paw Patrol from Adventure City to let them know that the city is in danger now that Humdinger (Ron Pardo) has become mayor of the city.

Despite Chase’s ambivalence returning to Adventure City where he was once abandoned, the crew heads to the city where Humdinger’s self-serving high jinks—loop-de-loop subway system and the world’s tallest skyscraper for example are creating chaos around Adventure City. All while Chase develops PTSD over his return to Adventure City—he even freezes during a rescue. Chase even gets so upset that he runs away and gets dognapped by the mayor’s henchmen. Where my favorite part of the whole movie happens—Kim Kardashians character the poodle gets told she looks like a toilet brush.

Check out the full Paw Patrol: The Movie adventure when it is unleashed in theaters this Friday, August 20th and on Paramount+. It’s not only education, but light-hearted, fun and funny too.

Paw Patrol: The Movie Synpopsis

The PAW Patrol is on a roll! When their biggest rival, Humdinger, becomes Mayor of nearby Adventure City and starts wreaking havoc, Ryder and everyone’s favorite heroic pups kick into high gear to face the challenge head on. While one pup must face his past in Adventure City, the team finds help from a new ally, the savvy dachshund Liberty. Together, armed with exciting new gadgets and gear, the PAW Patrol fights to save the citizens of Adventure City!

Joining the PAW Patrol in their thrilling first big screen adventure are members from the original series’ cast along with Iain Armitage, Marsai Martin, Yara Shahidi, Kim Kardashian West, Randall Park, Dax Shepard, with Tyler Perry and Jimmy Kimmel and introducing Will Brisbin. Directed by Cal Brunker.
Rated G

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