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Pup

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Iffy humor, stereotypes abound in awful animated movie.
  • Review Date: April 8, 2014
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 82 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This animated feature has no positive messages; it is full of stereotypes.

Positive role models

Stereotypical characters abound in this animated feature, and none emerge as positive role models.

Violence

Some cartoonish violence. Sheep catapult themselves into the air in the hopes of landing on the moon only to fall hard back onto Earth. A "drill sergeant" pit bull berates and bullies farm animals until they fall in line.

Sex

Some "kissy kissy" moments, as the sheepdog develops feelings for one of the sheep. The dog is often presented in an anatomically correct manner, and disposes of spiders by raising his hind leg and urinating.

Language

"Dammit!" "Hell." "Dork." "Bonehead."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A "Russian" dog makes a stereotypical vodka joke.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pup (a.k.a. Black to the Moon 3D) is a 2013 computer-animated feature from Spain that is filled with excruciating stereotypes and inappropriate humor. If the awful accents and stereotypical behavior of the "Californian" and "Russian" characters was the worst of it, that would be bad enough, but there is also a sequence involving Asian spiders chockfull of broken pidgin English and obligatory "kung fu" moves, displaying a cultural insensitivity not seen since the 1940s. Also, the titular dog is often presented in an anatomically correct manner, and disposes of the Asian spiders by raising his hind leg and urinating. It's also worth mentioning that the pit bull brought in to be a drill sergeant on the farm looks more like a muscle-bound man fond of wearing nothing but leather. There is also some profanity ("damnit" and "hell"). The voices are annoying, the songs are excruciating; there simply is nothing worthwhile about this movie.

What's the story?

Kanuto is a sheepdog who does his best to keep his flock from getting into trouble. But he runs into problems when Blackie the sheep spies the moon landing on TV, and will stop at nothing to figure out her own way to get on the moon. While attempting to catapult herself to the moon, she ends up lost, and when other sheep are seduced by a wolf who promises them careers in showbiz, Kanuto seems in over his head. With so much going wrong, the farmers who own Kanuto decide he isn't cut out to be a sheepdog, and bring in a drill sergeant pit bull to restore order. It's up to Kanuto to rescue Blackie (and win her love) even as she finds a rocket ship bound for the moon, rescue the other sheep, and prove himself worthy of being a sheepdog.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

PUP is a slow-paced, hard-to-follow computer-animated movie that is rife with iffy humor and bad stereotypes. If the bad Californian and Russian voices were the extent of it, that would be awful enough, but there's a scene involving Asian spiders that sounds like it could have been written in the 1940s for all its broken pidgin English and "kung fu" stereotyping. While the idea behind the movie had the potential to be interesting and enjoyable, the movie resorts to inappropriate humor, excruciating songs, and the aforementioned stereotypical characters.

Simply put, this is yet another subpar attempt to capture the Pixar magic. While the animation isn't awful, too much of the content makes this a movie to avoid.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about cultural stereotypes. Why is it wrong for movies to promote cultural stereotypes?

  • If you could remake this movie, how would you do it?

  • How does this film compare with other computer-animated movies?

Movie details

DVD release date:March 25, 2014
Cast:Kristina Hughes, Peter Hudson, Brian Vermeire
Director:Francis Nielsen
Studio:Phase 4 Films
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Cats, dogs, and mice, Horses and farm animals
Run time:82 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:Some language and rude humor.

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Parent Written byTigerMother August 3, 2014

Full of stereotypes

It is a shame this movie is animated. It tricks parents into assuming it would be ok to let a young child watch it. My 8 year old stepdaughter begged to watch this movie and told us her mom lets her watch it all the time. (I should have checked it out first as her mom also lets her watch Grimm.) I was offended that the Russian dog only spoke in "iski, iski, iski" words that meant nothing. The Russian dog would speak in that manner for several seconds but the translation would be "I like pink." or something else short and ridiculous. My husband caught the "dammit" and both of us were shocked language like that would be in an animated movie. That is uncalled for and shameful.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old August 8, 2014

Worse movie EVER!

I mean this is suppose to be copying Up.This is like for babies or toddlers,but says stuff I would never think for such a bad movie it made it worse it said damn it!Please DON'T watch!TERRIBLE animationIVery poor job!Don't bother to watch this movie.Anyone can watch this movie,but it's BAD!This movie is for NOBODY I mean it was BAD!
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent Written byTigerMother August 3, 2014

Full of stereotypes

It is a shame this movie is animated. It tricks parents into assuming it would be ok to let a young child watch it. My 8 year old stepdaughter begged to watch this movie and told us her mom lets her watch it all the time. (I should have checked it out first as her mom also lets her watch Grimm.) I was offended that the Russian dog only spoke in "iski, iski, iski" words that meant nothing. The Russian dog would speak in that manner for several seconds but the translation would be "I like pink." or something else short and ridiculous. My husband caught the "dammit" and both of us were shocked language like that would be in an animated movie. That is uncalled for and shameful.
What other families should know
Too much swearing

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