Parents' Guide to

Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Engaging, action-packed sequel has positive messages.

Movie NR 2016 75 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 7+

Action & Stereotypes

This is a fun, action-packed story, but my 2 and 5 year old won't be watching it again at any young age. It is full of racist and sexist and other stereotypes. Americans are either brave or stupid while Russians are evil and the rivalry between them is natural. Lots of heterosexual "sexy stuff," commentary on how to "treat ladies" and "space girls," etc with references to "boyfriend/girlfriend" in flirtatious scenes that made my 5 year old literally look at me and blush. Poor taste jokes. Characters calling each other "dumb". Seductive female characters and authoritative male characters. It was enough to ruin a good story.

This title has:

Too much sex
age 10+

Skip it

As an adult, many of the Russian Cold-War era themes will make sense but absolutely not to a child. The animation is cute but the story line lacks, despite the historical content. There are references to bombs, lingerie, and characters trying to show off “for the ladies,” and poor taste jokes like “if it’s a big girl must be from Texas.” Many insults at spewed by characters including stupid and idiot. There are references to being “boyfriend and girlfriend” and a lot of talk about dying, destroying people, blowing things up, and being killed, also there’s wielding of a gun. Overall, not impressed, and not appropriate for young children. Catchy main song though.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (4):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Uninspired animation and ho-hum music are rescued by funny characters, an interesting story, and kid-friendly suspense. Featured characters (Phil LaMarr as Lenny the rat and Lombardo Boyar as Chip the Texas astronaut, who sounds a lot like George W. Bush) are the most playful and get most of the laughs. Though there's plenty of action for kids who are comfortable with real-versus-pretend violence, Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon is farcical and never truly scary, and there are no serious consequences. Though part of the plot pits the U.S. against the Soviet Union during the Cold War, recent events make it timely for 21st-century audiences as well. And there's just enough of an introduction to rocket launches and space terminology to give it a small plus for informational content. OK for all except very young viewers.

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