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What 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.
What's the story?
When Stacy (Teagan Sirset) fails to get an internship with Michel (Torrey Halverson), one of the top designers in LA, she thinks her chance at a fashion career is over. But when she meets actress Chloe (Melanie Johnson) and impresses her with her design skills, she soon finds herself with an A-list client. As Stacy and her two fashion-forward pups, Coco and Stella, begin creating eye-catching fashions for more and more of the Hollywood elite, Michel knows he has to do something drastic to win back his clients. As the two designers find themselves head to head in a fashion show competition, Michel dognaps Stacy's dogs to give himself an edge. Can Stacy still win without their help? Or will the scheming Michel end up on top?
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.