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StarDog and TurboCat

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Flat-feeling animated animal adventure has cartoon violence.

Movie PG 2019 90 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Not for young kids

Violent and poor language.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 8+

Kid will hit the Replay button!

While for parents it may be boring or the parents standard mentality...throw that out the window with this one. It is super fun to watch. (My child gets EASILY bored, short attention span) It teaches faith both in humans and animals and common sense.. (great for kids with Autism). It's funny, had ME laughing, and teaches kids about how pets need love. If you liked the Secret Life of Pets, you'll definetly love this one! There was obviously poor marketing for this movie.

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (8 ):

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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