Paw Patrol Movie Review

Foreground: Chase (voiced by Iain Armitage) and Ryder (voiced by Will Brisbin). Background L-R: Skye (voiced by Lilly Bartlam), Rocky (voiced by Callum Shoniker), Rubble (voiced by Keegan Hedley), Zuma (voiced by Shayle Simons), and Marshall (voiced by Kingsley Marshall) in PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE from Paramount Pictures. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Spin Master.

The Paw Patrol Movie Brings Kid-Friendly Fun to the Big Screen

The kid favorite crime-fighting crew of adorable puppies is coming to the theaters this weekend. That’s right- Paw Patrol is rolling right into theaters and hitting Paramount+ in their biggest adventure yet. The cartoon puppies have come a long way from the animated to soft and cuddly characters that are larger than life. But the charm of the characters and the show isn’t lost in the transition to the larger movie.

Unlike the cartoon episodes on Nickelodeon, The Paw Patrol Movie is 90 minutes long – which might be a bit too long for young viewers. But even as an adult, it seemed like it might be too long for a kids movie. Thankfully, Nickelodeon kept the action going and with very few lulls in the story, the movie wont put you to sleep.

L-R: Zuma (voiced by Shayle Simons), Rocky (voiced by Callum Shoniker), Skye (voiced by Lilly Bartlam), Chase (voiced by Iain Armitage), Marshall (voiced by Kingsley Marshall), and Rubble (voiced by Keegan Hedley) in PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE from Paramount Pictures. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Spin Master.

The Paw Patrol is getting a bit of an upgrade in this movie, not just in the animation sense. They are going from quiet Adventure Bay to Adventure City where their biggest rival Humdinger just became Mayor. In his normal fashion, Humdinger wants to be the center of attention and doesn’t care who or what he puts at risk to do it. This creates a lot of issues for the team and causes some pretty scary moments in the movie. None of which result in any major damage to the people of Adventure City or the Paw Patrol Team. There are some moments that can be problematic (especially if they happened in the real world) but thanks to Cartoon Physics – no one is majorly injured killed throughout the film.

Liberty (voiced by Marsai Martin) in PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE from Paramount Pictures. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Spin Master.

The movie also introduces Liberty – a street toughened pup who wants nothing more than to be part of the Paw Patrol team. She not only inserts herself into the team and the investigations, but is part of the action. Both Liberty and Skye have active roles in the cases that are on screen – but of course, Chase is always going to be the center of attention. The movie gives you a bit of Liberty’s story but it gives kids a back story for Chase as well.

Overall the movie is cute and will be a fun movie for kids and fans of the franchise. It does have an overuse of the character’s taglines and a bit quite of bit of a theme around cats and cat owners being evil. If this was mentioned once as an offhand comment it’d be different but it seemed to be a prevalent theme throughout the whole movie.

The Paw Patrol Movie will be in theaters and on Paramount+ on Friday. Preschoolers and fans are going to absolutely love the fun new adventures. It has just enough interesting bits that parents will enjoy watching it with their kids. Overall, it’s a fun family movie that everyone will enjoy.

Overall Rating:

Four Star Review

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS:

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.

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