Treasure Buddies

  • Review Date: February 3, 2012
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012

Common Sense Media says

Popular pups stow away to Egypt; expect farts and slang.
  • Review Date: February 3, 2012
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Although Treasure Buddies' goal is to entertain, there's some educational information about how ancient Egyptians worshipped cats as sacred best friends. (The bit about Cleopatra and the "Cleocatra" necklace is false, but not the part about cats being revered.)

Positive messages

The Buddies movies are always about teamwork, fighting against evil, and loving your family.

Positive role models

Unlike other Buddies installments, the adult in this movie is courageous and loving. Grandpa Thomas is ready to do what's necessary to save his grandson, Pete, and vice-versa. And the puppies, camel, and monkeys are all willing to go on a dangerous adventure to help their human companions. The movie's portrayal of Egyptians isn't very positive (most of them are foolish henchmen with ridiculously over-the-top accents), but at least the inspector and his daughter are smart, sweet, and brave. One of the puppies, "B-Dawg" speaks with hip-hop slang that might strike some as being too stereotypical.

Violence & scariness

Like the other Buddies adventures, this one features mild peril and frightening sequences. A camel kicks a person to help the puppies escape; in other scenes, it spits on people's faces (this is portrayed as comical). Quicksand buries two evil cats, and a dangerous game of Senet causes one man and two other villainous cats to fall (presumably to death or injury). It's clear that a bunch of cat statues that come to life hissing and clawing are evil. A man is OK with leaving another character and a young child behind as long as he gets the treasure he always wanted.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Some potty humor (one of the puppies lets it rip, causing the others to say "Gross!" "Disgusting!" etc.). Lots of slang like "OMG," "this is to die for!," "dude," and insults like "chicken thief" and "petty primate."

Consumerism

No product placements, but these movies are part of a continuous, heavily advertised series. Once kids have one or two of these films, they usually want all the others.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the latest installment in the Buddies franchise is intended as a puppies-meet-Indiana Jones adventure in Egypt. Though the treasure/archeological hunt is mostly fun, there's a fair amount of intrigue, mild peril, and occasional danger that might momentarily scare kindergarten-aged kids. A villainous cat (and her owner) wreak havoc during an expedition for their own selfish gain. A few evil felines and even a couple of men fall and are buried or injured during the adventure. But in the end, the protagonist puppies and their owners prevail, and all is well.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In the newest addition to the Buddies franchise, the pups are the grand-puppies of a famous archeologist's devoted dog, Digger. When retired archeologist Thomas Howard (Richard Riehle) and his grandson, Pete (Mason Cook), are asked to help a rich patron (Edward Hermann) travel to Egypt to find the legendary necklace of "Cleocatra," Cleopatra's once beloved but then banished cat, the Buddies -- Rosebud (voiced by G Hannelius), B-Dawg (Skyler Gisondo), Budderball (Tucker Albrizzi), Buddha (Charles Henry Wyson), and Mudbud (Ty Panitz) -- stow away on the trip. They discover that the Howards are being misled, so they join forces with a camel and a monkey to save the day before an evil cat dons the necklace to reclaim feline domination as "man's best friend."

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This installment in the intrepid puppies series is less frightening than Spooky Buddies and provides an interesting storyline that takes kids on a virtual adventure to Egypt. Although there's some expected potty humor (dog emissions continue to be the apex of comedy in these movies), canine shenanigans, and an obnoxious level of text speak (OMG!) and slang ("bling," "dude," "dawg"), it's got decent actors (Hermann and Riehle are fine character actors) and a fun voice cast.

The doggies-meet-Egyptian lore tale is more inventive than some of the other movies and offers an ancient dogs vs. cats basis for the story. Kids shouldn't consider the Cleopatra story to be historically accurate, but the Egyptians really did revere cats as sacred being. That could lead to a welcome fascination with ancient cultures or at least an interest in visiting a museum or two. Overall, TREASURE BUDDIES is a decent DVD pick for a lazy afternoon for kids old enough to handle live-action but still young enough to appreciate talking puppies.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why filmmakers take liberties with historical characters and events in order to make a story fit their needs. How is Egypt usually portrayed in movies? How accurate is that portrayal? What do you know about Egypt today?

  • How do the Buddies and Pete and his grandfather work together to defeat the story's villains? Who helps them along the way? What cultural lessons do they learn about Egypt?

  • Why are the Buddies movies so popular? Do you think the puppies should continue to go on various adventure, or should the series end? Are the talking animals funny when they use slang and catchphrases?

Movie details

DVD release date:January 31, 2012
Cast:Edward Herrmann, Richard Riehle
Director:Robert Vince
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Cats, dogs, and mice
Run time:93 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Parent of a 5 year old Written byHalHorvath July 24, 2012
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

Ok for 6 and up, some 5s.

Violence is mild, on the order of cats threatening to scratch dogs, and falling rocks, and ineffectual bad guy, etc., but still would *not* let a 3-yr-old watch it. And for me, not a 4-yr-old either. On the plus side, the gang cooperates. This isn't much of a movie -- your kid would be better off playing, but if you can't watch them, this will do. Storyline: B-, acting: C-, characters: C-, settings: B+.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byissie22 February 18, 2012
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

Adorable Dogie adventure.

Really cute movie. All the animals are really cute and funny. full of adventure. A very fun family flick.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old Written bythomas0203 March 19, 2012
AGE
4
QUALITY
 

tommys review

great movie! your kids will be better kids after watching this movie.

What other families should know
Educational value
Great role models
Too much violence

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