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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
While the movie is intended to entertain rather than educate, viewers may learn something about the initial space tests, most notably how animals were used.
Themes include teamwork and overcoming prejudice.
Positive Role Models
Animals and humans learn to live together. Felix and Buddy overcome their differences, challenging the stereotype that cats and dogs don't get along.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of slapstick violence. A dog runs into the back of a car, falls on its face, gets electrocuted, has coffee and a rattle thrown at them. A cat is hit in the crotch. Character shot repeatedly and knocked out with putty gun. Dog snared in net. Two car crashes after one character lays face down on the road. Characters electrocuted with stun guns. Characters crushed by falling lights. A character is shot by a tank's cannon.
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Frequent insults, including "idiot," "stupid," "moron," and "dumb." Also use of "heck," "suck," "butt," and "jeez."
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Products & Purchases
Characters play in the toy section of a department store.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Psychedelic drug high implied in catnip scenes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that StarDog and TurboCat is an animated kids' movie about a superhero dog and cat who must learn to work together. There's lots of slapstick violence: Characters are electrocuted and hit with objects, and there are two car crashes, etc. It's all quite cartoonish in tone. Felix/TurboCat (voiced by Luke Evans) frequently uses insults like "idiot," "stupid," and "moron," and characters are often hostile to each other. When TurboCat hears mention of catnip, he goes into a temporary drugged-like state with psychedelic-style effects. Some of the comedy is based on references to other movies and internet memes. Themes include teamwork and overcoming prejudice. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Besides Buddy, most of the characters here are irate and hostile, and they don't make for enjoyable company. The slapstick violence is delivered without the wit required to make it fun. In comparison with highly polished and well-plotted animated adventures from the likes of Disney and Pixar, StarDog and TurboCat feels flat and lifeless, with most scenes set against static backgrounds and empty streets. The production values make it feel more like a TV show (a la Paw Patrol) than a feature film.
The story also lacks development, with no explanation given for the reason that people and animals had their falling out. This lack of depth makes the plot twist feel unearned. The movie is a British production, but the British lead actors -- Gemma Arterton also stars -- perform with American accents, and Frost's effort in particular lacks conviction. StarDog and TurboCat isn't much more than a functional, basic mismatched-buddy movie, and it can't stand up against the quality output from the major players. It lacks the spark, atmosphere, and laughs to make it a compelling kids' movie.
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