Super Buddies

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Popular puppies turn into superheroes, with mild action.
  • G
  • 2013
  • 81 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Not an educational title, but kids may learn to appreciate comics or involved grandparents.

Positive Messages

All of the Buddies movies contain positive messages about teamwork, good defeating evil, and loving your family, friends, and your pets. This particular installment also has a pro-literacy message, since the comic books and their storylines are an integral part of the movie.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Grandpa is a caring, loving guardian, and he's willing to get silly and sometimes dirty to play with grandson. The kids are all good friends to each other and work together to help save the peaceful aliens.

Violence & Scariness

Some of the slapstick humor ends with characters getting injured. An alien zaps a human and switches bodies with him -- same with an animal. The alien uses a laser to zap at the dogs, but the dogs can fend off the electrical shock with their super-dog capabilities. Everything ends up just fine for all the characters. The "aliens" are obviously just humans with oversized heads, but still, they might appear frightening to some young kids.

Sexy Stuff

An alien says things like "idiotic," "stupid," "pathetic," bag of bones," etc.


The Buddies puppies are one of Disney's most profitable home entertainment properties. There are a bunch of these heavily advertised (especially on the Disney Channel) movies already, and once kids have one, they may want more. There are also stuffed animals and other merchandise available featuring the puppies.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Super Buddies is the latest direct-to-DVD release in Disney's popular Buddies franchise, about a group of Golden Retriever puppies who can talk, naturally. This installment takes on the superhero genre with a story about the Buddies acquiring superpowers to help a peaceful alien race defeat one of their rogue, villainous members. There's a good bit of slapstick humor (people falling, getting shocked, turning into animals), and some mild peril as the evil alien tries to "zap" the protagonists and their pups. Overall, however, this is a mild live-action family film with the usual lessons about teamwork, family, and friendship -- but also about the power of literacy (in this case, comic books).

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  • Kids say
Parent of a 4 and 6-year-old Written byManny S. August 27, 2017

Complete insipid trash devoid of any artistic value

The point of film is art. The level of self-imposed censorship from parents today has resulted in our showing children what is an incredibly artful medium into... Continue reading
Parent of a 4-year-old Written byAlexandravis April 5, 2019

Fine movie for young kids

I'm not a fan as the parent, pretty cheese IMO. But nothing bad for him really. He really enjoys the talking dogs with super powers, even pretends they ar... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byStorey07 May 12, 2020
I watch Super Buddies a lot when I was younger. I am rewatching the movie it cute, sweet, and funny. I really enjoys the talking dogs with super powers. A actio... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byShowman movie13 July 30, 2019

Action with strange alien moments

Bit more actiony than most. Some strange alien moments. But really kids will love this adorable puppy movie.

What's the story?

Tween Bartleby Livingstone (Trey Loney) loves comic books so much, his Gramps (John Ratzenberger) throws him a special superhero-themed 12th birthday party. Bartleby's favorite comic series (written by a local author-illustrator) is about a young boy and his super-dog, Captain Canine (Colin Hanks), who's really an alien hidden in the body of a dog. On his fateful 12th birthday, Bartleby and his friends (each of whom has his/her own Golden Retriever puppy) discover that the comics are actually all true, and that they must help defend the peaceful alien nation against the evil Commander Drex, who has landed in Bartleby's town in search of the "rings of Inspiron." But the kids find the rings first, put them on their dogs, turning them into SUPER BUDDIES.

Is it any good?

There's enough slapstick and silliness here to make the kids giggle. The Buddies movies have taken on plenty of genres, so it's no surprise that this latest direct-to-DVD story is an alien/sci-fi adventure. Grown-ups and kids used to alien movies will probably find the movie's representation of extra-terrestrials obviously just humans with giant computer-generated heads. But for the youngest Buddies fans, the aliens are non-threatening enough not to give them nightmares.

As tends to be the case with talking animal movies, the puppies all have sassy catch-phrases and accents, but this movie is just as much about their kid owners as the dogs themselves. The children save the day by figuring out that the comics aren't just pop fiction but an illustrated non-fiction account of an alien race's most treasured artifacts -- the very rings that turn the puppies into superheroes. Parents who look beyond the awful alien depictions can rest assured that another Buddies movie will entertain their little ones.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the continuing popularity of these Buddies movies. Why do you think the studio keeps making them? If you like them what other adventures or genres should the Buddies franchise tackle?

  • Comic books are an important part of the story. How does reading the Captain Canine comics help Bartleby figure out what's going on? What are your favorite comics?

  • How do the aliens in Super Buddies compare to those in other movies? What are some other films with peaceful, kid-friendly aliens?

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