Super Buddies

  • Review Date: August 26, 2013
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013

Common Sense Media says

Popular puppies turn into superheroes, with mild action.
  • Review Date: August 26, 2013
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Not an educational title, but kids may learn to appreciate comics or involved grandparents.

Positive messages

All of the Buddies movies contain positive messages about teamwork, good defeating evil, and loving your family, friends, and your pets. This particular installment also has a pro-literacy message, since the comic books and their storylines are an integral part of the movie.

Positive role models

Grandpa is a caring, loving guardian, and he's willing to get silly and sometimes dirty to play with grandson. The kids are all good friends to each other and work together to help save the peaceful aliens.

Violence & scariness

Some of the slapstick humor ends with characters getting injured. An alien zaps a human and switches bodies with him -- same with an animal. The alien uses a laser to zap at the dogs, but the dogs can fend off the electrical shock with their super-dog capabilities. Everything ends up just fine for all the characters. The "aliens" are obviously just humans with oversized heads, but still, they might appear frightening to some young kids.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

An alien says things like "idiotic," "stupid," "pathetic," bag of bones," etc.

Consumerism

The Buddies puppies are one of Disney's most profitable home entertainment properties. There are a bunch of these heavily advertised (especially on the Disney Channel) movies already, and once kids have one, they may want more. There are also stuffed animals and other merchandise available featuring the puppies.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Super Buddies is the latest direct-to-DVD release in Disney's popular Buddies franchise, about a group of Golden Retriever puppies who can talk, naturally. This installment takes on the superhero genre with a story about the Buddies acquiring superpowers to help a peaceful alien race defeat one of their rogue, villainous members. There's a good bit of slapstick humor (people falling, getting shocked, turning into animals), and some mild peril as the evil alien tries to "zap" the protagonists and their pups. Overall, however, this is a mild live-action family film with the usual lessons about teamwork, family, and friendship -- but also about the power of literacy (in this case, comic books).

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What's the story?

Tween Bartleby Livingstone (Trey Loney) loves comic books so much, his Gramps (John Ratzenberger) throws him a special superhero-themed 12th birthday party. Bartleby's favorite comic series (written by a local author-illustrator) is about a young boy and his super-dog, Captain Canine (Colin Hanks), who's really an alien hidden in the body of a dog. On his fateful 12th birthday, Bartleby and his friends (each of whom has his/her own Golden Retriever puppy) discover that the comics are actually all true, and that they must help defend the peaceful alien nation against the evil Commander Drex, who has landed in Bartleby's town in search of the "rings of Inspiron." But the kids find the rings first, put them on their dogs, turning them into SUPER BUDDIES.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The Buddies movies have taken on plenty of genres, so it's no surprise that this latest direct-to-DVD story is an alien/sci-fi adventure. Grown ups and kids used to alien movies will probably find the movie's representation of extra-terrestrials obviously just humans with giant computer-generated heads. But for the youngest Buddies fans, the aliens are non-threatening enough not to give them nightmares.

As tends to be the case with talking animal movies, the puppies all have sassy catch-phrases and accents, but this movie is just as much about their kid owners as the dogs themselves. The children save the day by figuring out that the comics aren't just pop fiction but an illustrated non-fiction account of an alien race's most treasured artifacts -- the very rings that turn the puppies into superheroes. With enough slapstick and silliness to make the kids giggle, parents who look beyond the awful alien depictions can rest assured that another Buddies movie will entertain their little ones.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the continuing popularity of these Buddies movies. Why do you think the studio keeps making them? If you like them what other adventures or genres should the Buddies franchise tackle?

  • Comic books are an important part of the story. How does reading the Captain Canine comics help Bartleby figure out what's going on? What are your favorite comics?

  • How do the aliens in Super Buddies compare to those in other movies? What are some other films with peaceful, kid-friendly aliens?

Movie details

DVD release date:August 27, 2013
Cast:Jason Earles, John Ratzenberger, Michael Teigen
Director:Robert Vince
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Superheroes, Cats, dogs, and mice, Friendship, Space and aliens
Run time:81 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Teen, 13 years old Written byanakin007 October 5, 2013
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18
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borrrrrrrring

Lame all of the buddies movies are lame

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byNotreDameFan April 12, 2014
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7
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most embarrasing movie disney has ever made.

this is the cheesiest movie i have ever seen. it was awful!

Kid, 11 years old February 25, 2014
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5
QUALITY
 

A FINE CUTE BUT FINE MOVIE

THIS IS TO CUTE FOR 5+

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