A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Pup 2 No Good is more of a remake or a revamping of the original CGI movie from Spain, Pup. Most of the main characters are the same, including Blackie and Kanuto. Fortunately, all the awful stereotyping from the original movie is gone. It has mild cartoon violence with kicking or head-butting; characters bounce right back with no injuries shown. There's also some mild scariness from a wolf who growls and snarls. A couple of kisses are shown slightly off camera, although it's clear they're kissing. The odd assortment of misfit farm animals learn the value of teamwork, friendship, family, and living together as part of a community, but the positive messages aren't reinforced effectively for kids.
What's the story?
In PUP 2 NO GOOD, Blackie the sheep arrives on Liberty Farm for a two-week trial period to see if the farmers want to keep her forever. Kanuto the sheepdog has been put in charge of Blackie, showing her the ropes and helping her settle in. But Blackie's got her own ideas about what she wants to do and how she wants to do it. When the two weeks are up, will Blackie be welcomed forever? Will she even want to stay?
Is it any good?
Fortunately, the bad stereotypes and crass humor of its precursor, Pup, are long gone; unfortunately, it's slow-paced and feels more like a collection of TV episodes than a movie with a story to tell. The content in Pup 2 No Good is fine for little kids, but the random jumps in plot and overly formal messages and morals ("It's not necessary to flee to find freedom") make kids' attention likely to wander early and often. The oddball characters are engaging in short bursts, but as the plot, or lack of it, drags on, they just become repetitive. It's not the worst movie out there, but with so many better choices available, it's not particularly worthwhile viewing.
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