Pup

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Iffy humor, stereotypes abound in awful animated movie.
  • PG
  • 2014
  • 82 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A "Russian" dog makes a stereotypical vodka joke.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySuperAniCritic20 December 31, 2015

Throw It To The Dogs

Pup is a horribly animated, racially insensitive and morally wrong chunk of eye garbage. I love badly animated movies as much as the rest, but this wasn't... Continue reading
Adult 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... Continue reading
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 dam... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byIsabella W July 11, 2016

Pretty bad

My friends and I laughed so hard at this because it wasn't funny at all. It had no humor and it was really racist. Watch it if you want to but I don't... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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