Parents' Guide to

Rock Dog

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Animated comedy is old-fashioned and fun; some peril.

Movie PG 2017 80 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 5+

Good family movie

I liked rock dog because for once in the movie world there was no adult humor or rude talk. I'm so tired of going to a kids movie for kids and they cater to adults. This was good animation not too much fast in your face so it's not too overstimulating for children and I thought it was a cute story. In the end, I liked how the dog and wolf shook hands. I could do without them saying stupid and idiot tho. That's not necessary. Overall a good movie and I was thankful that I could take my kid to the movies for once without crazy violence adult humor and rudeness. My kids loved it and they loved the music too!
age 5+

It was fun. The music was good and the story was exciting.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (7 ):

With plenty of stunts, solid comic writing, and vivid performances, this Chinese/American co-production is aiming for a wide audience, including adults who often go grudgingly along for the ride. Izzard makes the most of her "diva" role, and Angus' mansion-studio is glorious. Simmons, Black, and Sam Elliott, with their distinctive voices, are quite entertaining, and Wilson brings emotional substance, along with humor, to Bodi.

More of an updated take on Looney Tunes than a Pixar-worthy achievement, Rock Dog (which is based on a popular Chinese graphic novel but was written and directed by American Pixar alum, Ash Brannon) offers fun, old-fashioned comic mayhem. Still, the musical numbers are only so-so, and there are some historical rock references that may go over the head of the younger audiences (though parents may appreciate them). But positive messages about independence, responsibility, and parent-child understanding are smoothly woven into the story, and the action is fine for kids who are clear about real vs. imaginary action.

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