A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive messages of teamwork and family bonds, both within canine and human families. Broadly drawn adult villains are punished, and a bratty kid is transformed through a puppy's love. Eruptions of dog gas are played for laughs throughout the movie.
Positive Role Models
Despite some questionable behavior in the beginning the frisky puppies are still too cute to be bad. Plus, they help teach humans some important lessons about love too.
Violence & Scariness
A threatening villain physically and verbally bullies his henchmen, who are also suspended and pelted with snack food by a dog-loving motorcycle gang.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A puppy falls into a wine vat and, inebriated, is the only one to get captured during one chase.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this direct-to-DVD movie in the Air Bud series shows puppy siblings working together to support one another while they try to rescue their parents from a villain. Puppies, and eventually their child owners, are imperiled by bungling henchmen. A threatening-looking wolf turns out to be a helper to the lost pups. 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 story is fairly predictable and the humor slapstick, so older kids will probably lose interest along the way. But younger dog lovers are sure to enjoy the puppy antics and the DVD's special features, which include a segment called "Train Your Dog to Be a Star" and in-depth Puppy Profiles for each of the five main characters.
For some reason, the animation technique used to bring talking dogs to the screen was breed-specific: Chatting golden retrievers seem completely believable, and the wolf was suitably threatening, but the talking Basset Hound, Deputy Sniff (Don Knotts), looked jerky and fake -- perhaps it was the jowls? Overall, human and canine performances alike are solid, though the villain's accent veers from German to Cockney to the Bronx and ends up somewhere in Holland.
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