Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups

Movie review by
Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media
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Paw Patrol movie shines a light on perseverance and courage.
  • NR
  • 2019
  • 44 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 5 reviews

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Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate, but viewers will learn some good life lessons.

Positive Messages

Perseverance, teamwork, believing in yourself, learning from your mistakes, and helping people are all key themes. All the pups bring a different skill to the table, which when combined bring the best results. Greed and power are sought by some, but these are portrayed as negative traits.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Chase initially doubts himself but eventually shows leadership, having been encouraged by Ryder's loyalty. All the pups work together in an effort to foil the power-hungry Mayor Humdinger and his nephew Harold. Skye -- one of only two female pups -- is dressed solely in pink.

Violence & Scariness

No violence but some moments of peril. Character falls from a tower but is caught in a net. A rocket crashes into a meteor causing it to come hurtling down to Earth -- residents are initially scared but it lands without causing harm. Some erratic driving. Character is held captive. A giant robot fires out nets, which capture some of the pups. The robot is eventually defeated after the pups topple it over.

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Language
Consumerism

The franchise has inspired a vast array of tie-in merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups is an impressive first stand-alone spin-off movie -- with a runtime of 44 minutes -- to the short-form TV series. When a meteor crashes onto Earth, the pups all receive superpowers, such as the ability to fly, super speed, and super strength. There are plenty of positive messages to take from the movie. Chase (voiced by Max Calinescu) is the reluctant leader who, after a number of setbacks, begins to believe in himself. Encouraged by Ryder (Jaxon Mercey), Chase shows great leadership in organizing the pups into a team capable of defeating the villainous Mayor Humdinger (Ron Pardo) and his nerdy nephew, Harold (Chance Hurstfield). The nonstop action involves some moments of peril -- the meteor crashing down to Earth, Ryder being held captive by Harold, and a giant robot that catches the pups with nets -- but no one comes to any real harm. Dressing Skye -- one of only two female pups -- all in pink still feels lazy and clichéd, although it's a decision the Paw Patrol creators remain committed to. With an array of Paw Patrol merchandise already available, this movie version serves as a 44-minute commercial.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCharlieStew09 September 16, 2020
Adult Written byjosephKatt May 29, 2020

My Grandson is a Paw Patrol fan

My Grandson is a Paw Patrol Fan and he call all our family by the characters name like, his dad is striker, mother is skye and us some times different names.
Kid, 5 years old February 20, 2021

Better than Paw Patrol

I think this is better than Paw Patrol as they all have special super powers. I think Harold is a funny meany.
Teen, 14 years old Written byLordEgg46 February 8, 2021

What's the story?

When a meteor comes crashing down to Earth, the Paw Patrol pups discover that they now have superpowers and thus become PAW PATROL: MIGHTY PUPS. Mayor Goodway (voiced by Deanne Degruijter) decides to put the meteor on display in the town hall. But Mayor Humdinger (Ron Pardo) and his nephew Harold (Chance Hurstfield) want the meteor for themselves, so they decide to steal it. Can Chase (Max Calinescu) and his fellow pups save the day?

Is it any good?

This is the first theatrical adventure for the Paw Patrol team -- so familiar from the TV series -- and the action is cranked up for the duration of its extended 44-minute running time. After a meteor crash-lands on Earth, all the pups find themselves with different superpowers. They suitably rename themselves the "Mighty Pups" -- though some of the superpowers are better than others. Chase, for example, has been given the gift of speed, and Rubble has super strength. Whereas Rocky's ability to "magic up" tools feels as if the writers ran out of ideas.

While all the pups get their moment to shine, the story centers around Chase. The police dog's character arc is well formed. From insecure -- yet enthusiastic -- second-in-command, Chase must step into the role of leader. He does so, although not without some bumps along the way. But these only help reinforce the not too subtle lessons -- "a good leader never gives up" being just one example of the on-the-nose dialogue -- about learning from your mistakes, believing in yourself, and teamwork. And it's for these positive messages that Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups should be applauded. Even if parents can expect an increase in requests for Paw Patrol merchandise after the movie ends.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the positive messages in Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups. Chase shows perseverance and courage, and together with the other pups, teamwork. Why are these such important character strengths? What are some real-life examples of times when you've demonstrated some of these?

  • The pups all develop superpowers. Which was your favorite? If you could have a superpower for a day, what would it be and what would you do?

  • Discuss the character of Harold. Did he have any redeeming qualities? Why do you think he behaved the way he did?

  • How does this movie compare to the TV series? What are the main differences?

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