Parents' Guide to

Arctic Dogs

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Strong voice cast can't save bland animated adventure.

Movie PG 2019 93 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 7+

My child is crying

I have a 5 year old who is crying right now because of a “bad walrus” that she is scared is going to come and get her. She has never been sacred by a movie before. Very upset right now, especially since I wasn’t the one who put the movie on for her.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.
age 5+

Misses the Mark

It was funny and entertaining, but some timing and comedy was not as good as maybe it could’ve been. My kids enjoyed it but not one we want to watch again.
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (10):

Despite an impressive voice cast, this snowy animal adventure is disappointing; it feels more suited to a shorter TV or streaming special than a feature release. Even the initial premise is shaky: The Top Dogs aren't Iditarod-style racers, they're mail carriers, so it's unclear why they're such celebrities when the whole town is full of community helpers who are just as important to life in Taigasville. The voice acting is fine (although Klum isn't as expressive as her co-stars), but there's no propulsive music or exciting adventure sequences to set this movie apart.

Younger (single-digit-age) viewers may forgive the underwhelming narration and animation to focus on the sillier characters, like the kooky puffins and Swifty's workplace pals, Lemmy the albatross (James Franco) and PB the voice-of-reason polar bear (Alec Baldwin). But older kids and parents who are used to more layered, musical, and exciting animated fare will wonder what audiences the filmmakers were targeting. Sure, there's an environmental message to be extracted, but it's tacked on rather than woven in, and Swifty simply isn't likable enough to carry the story.

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