Regal Theaters offers a program in which you get digital copies of four movies free if you see them all while they are in theaters. "Rock Dog" was one of those. I went into this film expecting very little, and while it still wasn't great, it was much better than I expected.
The plot of the film is thoroughly cheesy and formulaic. It combines elements from other, more successful films, like "Kung Fu Panda" and "Sing". Yet the way in which it does so is entertaining. Additionally, there is a major subplot that is really crazy and unnecessary. I never really had uncontrollable laughter in this film, but I frequently found myself smiling and amused by the characters' antics. The humor in the film is definitely aimed at the younger audience, with few double entendres slipped in. Still, I found myself enjoying the film because of its innocent charm. The film also has an uplifting message that is delivered well, albeit predictably.
The animation wasn't as bad as I had expected, but it still wasn't amazing. I thought that the voice actors all did well with the script. The pop music choices for the soundtrack are interesting to develop the message of the film, and the original song is actually pretty good.
Overall, "Rock Dog" is a middle-of-the-line animated film that combines elements from other, more successful films, but it still managed to remain charming. Those in the younger audience would likely enjoy this.
Big Tuna's Rating: C+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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