A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
World Tour takes pups to India, Africa, China, and Mexico, where music, apparel, dialects are introduced.
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Positive Role Models
Tiny (a diminutive fox terrier) is loyal, intelligent, generous, and honest. Villains are greedy and mean-spirited. Some broad stereotypes (e.g., a Mexican housekeeper, a British curmudgeon).
Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish action: Characters trip, fall, crash through an electrified fence. Several dogs and one man receive electric shocks. Dogs are captured, held in a comic prison. A dog menaces a man.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two dogs kiss.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pup Star: World Tour is the third movie in the Pup Star series (Pup Star and Pup Star: Better 2gether) from the Air Bud Entertainment family. It follows lead character Tiny, a miniature fox terrier, the winner of the Pup Star reality television show, in her new role as judge in the quest for best pup star in the world. Many characters from the earlier two movies are back, and though it would be helpful to know the backstories from those films, the movie should still engage new audiences who are fans of talking dogs and their exploits. Old canine villains and their human accomplices are up to new tricks as they seek both stardom and revenge. Cartoon action includes slapstick falls, crashes, dog-nappings, dogs confined to a canine correction facility, chases, and several electric shocks delivered (comically, though they still may elicit a cringe) to both dogs and humans. As the pups travel around the world, audiences can expect dogs with distinctive exaggerated cultural attributes: dialects, costumes, music. They're comical and not meant to offend. As is "Ida," the family's Mexican housekeeper who is as smart, likable, and funny as she is stereotypical. As in the first two movies, there's lots of music here -- with rappers, reggae performances, and even a smidgen of opera as the Chinese diva takes the stage. Fine for families with kids who are comfortable with mild, cartoon violence. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Lots of slapstick humor and pratfalls, kid-friendly suspense, bouncy music, and "internationally quirky" talking dogs help this sequel rise a bit above its predecessors. Talking dogs get old quickly in movies like this, but singing dogs -- especially given the wide range of tunes and voices here -- keep this movie fresh. Pup Star: World Tour has just enough energy, campy humor, puns, and canine heroism to keep audiences engaged. And "One pack, one voice, one world" delivers its message about the universality of music, albeit not very subtly. As expected, the buffoonish bad guy is laughably over-the-top every moment he's on-screen, and the exaggerated but gallant Latina housekeeper is a stereotype, but even those characters will evoke laughs, especially for primary-grade kids who are OK with pretend violence.
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