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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Family helps each other, no matter what. When you give up, you're only letting yourself down. Confidence is gained through hard work and not giving up.
Positive Role Models
Stacy never gives up and works hard to achieve her goals. Chloe supports Stacy and helps her find her confidence.
Violence & Scariness
Michel hits himself in the head with pillows when he's frustrated. A dognapping by a goofy villain.
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Products & Purchases
The runway show parodies the real TV show Project Runway, with a similar format and a former-model judge named Heidi Kash (a reference to Heidi Klum).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Designer Pups is a fashion-filled animal romp that's appropriate for all ages. There's a dognapping by a goofy villain, but it's more silly than scary. With positive messages about never giving up and having confidence, there's a lot for parents to like, even if the plot and cheesy acting will make tweens and up give it a pass. Grown-up fans of Project Runway will enjoy the many references to the popular TV show. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Full of horrible dog puns, over-the-top acting, and an obvious plot, there's nonetheless something charming about this animal caper. The bad guys are goofily bad, the good guys are really good, and the fashion is fun. And the references to Project Runway will be amusing to fans of the show.
Young fashionistas will have fun watching Stacy design new gowns, though animal lovers may wish for more screen time for Coco and Stella. And tweens and up will probably be too sophisticated for the cheesy plot and acting. But parents looking for a fun, breezy flick for young kids will like the positive messages and super clean content.
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