The animated “PAW Patrol” franchise doesn’t have the “for all ages”Appeal of the best from Disney and Pixar. It’s from Nickelodeon, but it doesn’t even manage that channel’s trademark appeal to both kidsAnd a certain kind of immature adult (“Ren and Stimpy”And “SpongeBob SquarePants”Examples of such items are: This is strictly kiddie stuff. I’m not a parent anymore, and I don’t have any kids of my own. “PAW Patrol: The Movie”This is not for you. I find the movie entertaining if I make snarky jokes about harmless material. Parents, you can still have fun with how much your children enjoy this movie. kids(They must be young) kids, like kindergarten or lower) enjoy this movie, but there’s nothing here for you yourselves.
The story follows mostly-canine PAW Patrol from Adventure Bay, small-town California to Adventure City, in their journey. They are called in by Liberty, the city dog (wunderkind actress/producer Marsai Martin), to handle damage control for newly-created properties.“elected” Mayor Humdinger (Ron Pardo), who’s more of a cat person. Simply having an evil mayor isn’t normally a reason to call emergency services, but in this case, it’s completely necessary. Over the course of the movie, Humdinger will set off a reckless fireworks display (I saw this film in a town where a similarly reckless fireworks display infamously took place about a decade ago), add a poorly constructed loop-de-loop to the city’s subway, and cause a massive storm by overloading an educationally-purposed weather machine. Humdinger, by the way, belongs to whichever political party you don’t like.
It’s up to the PAW Patrol to save the day: Human leader Ryder (Will Brisbin), police officer Chase (Iain Armitage), aviator Skye (Lilly Bartlam), firefighter Marshall (Kingsley Marshall), recycling-themed Rocky (Callum Shoniker), aquatic-themed Zuma (Shayle Simons), and construction-themed Rubble (Keegan Hedley). The pup with the most personality is Chase, who’s afraid to return to Adventure City after a bad experience being abandoned there in the past. He’s got to learn a lesson about bravery so the film can meet the minimum requirement for substance, I mean, so he can save the day. The film doesn’t put a lot of effort into its script or characters, but it sure puts a lot into the vehicles they drive, the buildings they inhabit, and the accessories they use. This is not a movie that is worried that it’s too much of a glorified toy commercial. Ryder even makes a self-aware jab at the team’s merchandising at one point. Maybe that’s why all the perfectly capable dogs answer to a human – he knows a good marketing opportunity when he sees one. Although it may seem strange, this is what it means to be in a theater with young people. kidsFor “PAW Patrol: The Movie”It was a lot like being with teenage girls in the theatre. “Twilight”2008, back then. Although the movie did not do much for me, the reactions of the crowd were infectious. They were screaming and laughing at everything onscreen and shouting loudly that it was the best movie ever. The audience at “PAW Patrol”It got quite rowdy, too.
“PAW Patrol: The Movie” isn’t for me, it isn’t for adults unless they’re accompanied by a kid, and it isn’t for kidsI was six years old when I started to notice the difference. To me, the pace was too slow, the jokes weren’t funny, and the shilling of toysIt was too obvious. But the kids in the target audience were having the time of their lives, so I can’t say the movie failed in its goal of reaching them. Let’s say it averages out to a C.
“PAW Patrol: The Movie”It is currently playing in theaters and streaming on Paramount+. It is rated G. It runs for 86 minutes.
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