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PAW Patrol: The Movie            review by Bobby Blakey

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PAW Patrol debuted in 2013 on Nickelodeon and has since become a major franchise with the series recently renewed for a ninth season, toys, costumes, games and so much more. In 2021 the rescue canines go the big screen treatment with the feature film aptly titled PAW Patrol: The Movie featuring members from the original series’ cast along with Iain Armitage, Marsai Martin, Yara Shahidi, Kim Kardashian West, Randall Park, Dax Shepard, with Tyler Perry and Jimmy Kimmel and introducing Will Brisbin.

The PAW Patrol is on a roll! When their biggest rival, Humdinger, becomes Mayor of nearby Adventure City and starts wreaking havoc, Ryder and everyone’s favorite heroic pups kick into high gear to face the challenge head on. While one pup must face his past in Adventure City, the team finds help from a new ally, the savvy dachshund Liberty. Together, armed with exciting new gadgets and gear, the PAW Patrol fights to save the citizens of Adventure City!

I know I am not the demographic for this franchise so had no real interest in this film. I decided to just go in with an open mind and review it for what it is instead of my old person mentality to be fair on it. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t a fun film. I have no idea of the back story or anything beyond these dogs in various rescue roles and clearly don’t need to know much more than that. The story is simple and brings just enough to keep it moving with some adventure and plenty of fun.

The animation looks excellent filled with bright vibrant colors and some fun designs. One of the best things about this film is that the filmmakers understood the most important rule of making a feature adaptation, which is make it bigger and bolder. Everything here feels bigger than the show

itself as it should. I found it silly obviously, but at the same time was having fun with it too.

This is one of those films that will no doubt be a hit with the kids and be one that won’t likely drive the parents crazy having to watch it over and over. Grab your copy of PAW Patrol: The Movie available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment.

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