Parents' Guide to

Space Dogs

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Russian animated movie teaches kids about two Sputnik dogs.

Movie G 2012 88 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 5+

Up in the air

If your family loves European and less mainstream cartoons watch this. Could get too intense and foreign for some, but good for education at school. A big deal of dog romance. Nice animation by the way. Of consumerism it includes Moscow, Russia.
age 5+

A really fun film to watch

This was a really good movie my family enjoyed it the film was interested with its added historical context and details the characters were also well developed and full of life, interest and details. A great family film

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Space Dogs' animation isn't up to Hollywood's feature standards (this was a wide release overseas), but it's better than the CGI used in many other straight-to-DVD films in the States. Because the English is dubbed over the Russian (as in Japanese anime films), some of the mouth movements are slightly out of sync, but again this isn't something most children will pick up on as they watch. What really sells this movie, particularly for American kids, is that it's such an unknown, unique story.

However embellished the tale of Belka and Strelka may be for the sake of the movie, they really did exist, and there really was a program to collect stray dogs from the streets of Moscow and enter them in the Sputnik dog-training program. While many children learn about Laika, who sadly died shortly after being sent into space, most kids have no idea about the subsequent Sputnik canines, and this film will educate kids (and parents!) about the other side of the space race.

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