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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
PAW Patrol isn't an educational movie, but, like the show, it teaches kids about teamwork and courage.
Like the show it's based on, movie focuses on teamwork, courage, believing in yourself, learning from your mistakes, encouraging your friends, being a community helper. The pups each bring different talents to the crew, and they all work together during emergencies. They discover they have a purpose, with or without powers.
Positive Role Models
The pups know how to work together and use their powers to help rescue the town from a villain. Ryder is a loyal, brave leader. He cares for and encourages each of the pups. All the pups develop their powers and work together. Skye learns that being the littlest doesn't mean she can't contribute a great deal to the team. Liberty realizes that, with or without superpowers, she can also be an important part of the team, particularly as she trains the junior members.
Most main characters are talking dogs, but human characters include a few racially/ethnically diverse supporting characters, including the mayor and the antagonist. Most PAW Patrol dogs are male, with Skye and Liberty the sole female dogs. The villain is a woman scientist.
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Violence & Scariness
A meteor crashes and destroys buildings, including the PAW Patrol Tower and other areas. A thief accidentally sets fire to a scrapyard, leaving the owners (and their pet fish) trapped until they're rescued. A meteor shower poses a tremendous threat to Earth; each meteor has to be redirected. It seems like Skye has drowned at one point, but she survives. Victoria fights the PAW Patrol with the meteor crystals.
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Products & Purchases
Nothing on-screen, but tons of tie-ins to merchandise, inluding apparel, accessories, toys, video games, and apps.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie (the sequel to the popular 2021 film) follows the pups as they gain exciting abilities thanks to a meteor that crashes in Adventure City and magically grants them superpowers. It's got a bit more peril than the previous film, with the pups facing off against a new nemesis, an evil scientist named Victoria Vance (voiced by Taraji P. Henson), as well as their long-term antagonist, disgraced former Mayor Humdinger (voiced by Ron Pardo). But other than a few potentially scary situations involving the meteors and fights with the villains, there are no iffy elements here. Like the show and the previous movie, it has strong messages about teamwork, friendship, courage, and perseverance -- as well as the overriding message that even the smallest among us can be big heroes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The adorable rescue pups continue to charm little kids and their parents, and this sweet sequel reminds all viewers that even the tiny can be mighty. For more than 10 years, the PAW Patrol show and its feature-film spin-offs have helped it remain one of the most popular franchises for little kids. Writer-director Cal Brunker ups the action ante in this installment with the addition of superpowers that heighten the pups' existing rescue abilities as they go up against Victoria Vance, a typical movie megalomaniac who cares more about her own grandeur than the risk that her experiments pose on everyone around her.
Skye's subplot will particularly resonate with young audiences, since she initially feels like her small size makes her the team's weakest link. The movie explores her heart-tugging backstory as the unwanted "runt" of her litter, whom Ryder eventually rescues. As the story unfolds, Skye realizes that her self-worth isn't tied to her size but to her inner strength and resilience. Meanwhile, Liberty's character development delves into her apparent lack of a superpower. Looking for a purpose, Liberty focuses on teaching her trio of plucky Junior pups how to be heroes, too. The rest of the team also has individual moments to shine, making this another winning installment in the PAW Patrol universe.
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