Summary: A magical meteor crash lands in Adventure City and gives the PAW Patrol pups superpowers, transforming them into The Mighty Pups
Cinema Release Dates: 21st September 2023 (Australia), 12th October 2023 (Thailand), 13th October 2023 (UK), 29th September 2023 (USA)
VOD Release Dates: TBA
Country: USA, Canada
Director: Cal Brunker
Screenwriter: Bob Barlen, Cal Brunker
Cast: Iain Armitage, Kristen Bell, Christian Convery (Chase (voice)), Christian Corrao (Marshall (voice)), Brice Gonzalez, McKenna Grace (Skye (voice)), Joshua Graham, Luxton Handspiker (Rubble (voice)), Taraji P. Henson (Victoria Vance (voice)), Lil Rel Howery), Kim Kardashian, Alan Kim, Jimmy Kimmel), Finn Lee-Epp (Ryder (voice)), James Marsden, Marsai Martin (Liberty (voice)), Ron Pardo (Cap’n Turbot/Mayor Humdinger (voice)), Nylan Parthipan (Zuma (voice)), Tyler Perry, Chris Rock, Yara Shahidi, Dax Shepard, Callum Shoniker (Rocky (voice)), North West, Saint West, Serena Williams
Running Time: 92 mins
Classification: PG (Australia), TBA (Thailand), U (UK), PG (USA)
OUR PAW PATROL: THE MIGHTY MOVIE REVIEWS
Kyle McGrath’s Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie Review
Kyle’s rating Out Of 5
Alex First’s Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie Review
For those not in the know, Paw Patrol is a Canadian computer-animated children’s television series that has been running on Nickelodeon for a decade.
The show focuses on a 10-year-old boy named Ryder who leads a crew of search and rescue dogs in Adventure City that call themselves the PAW Patrol.
A feature film called PAW Patrol: The Movie was released in 2021 and PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie is its sequel.
Janet (the voice of Kirsten Bell) and Hank (the voice of James Marsden) run a scrap yard, a place where cars receive their last rights.
On a ruse, the pair is locked into their on-site office by a mad scientist named Victoria Vance (the voice of Taraji P. Henson).
She steals a large, industrial strength, electro-magnetic vehicle, hoping to use it to derail the largest meteor shower to hit the city in more than 50 years.
But things go awry and the PAW Patrol’s home, a large tower, is destroyed.
Jailed, Victoria Vance is sprung from lock up by former Mayor (turned bad) Humdinger (Ron Pardo).
When the smallest member of the PAW Patrol, Skye (Mckenna Grace) inspects the fallen meteor that caused the damage she exposes crystals.
These rocks are special and when worn on their dog tags generate superpowers for Skye and other members of the PAW Patrol.
Vance though will stop at nothing to get her hands on the crystals and forge ahead with her plans for world domination.
PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie is colourful and dynamic.
Co-written (alongside Bob Barlen) and directed by Cal Brunker, it follows a familiar good versus evil path, working with the theme that odds can be overcome.
Skye – who was the runt of the litter – has always had a chip on her shoulders about being the smallest and, therefore, the most insignificant.
She hasn’t felt worthy and here her will is tested.
Hanging it all together is Ryder (Finn Lee-Epp), who has faith in all members of the PAW Patrol that he oversees.
In fact, a subtheme sees the introduction of junior patrollers, pups named Nano, Mini and Tot, who show their capabilities as the movie unfolds.
At the start of proceedings, Victoria Vance isn’t convinced she is actually “mad”, but she warms to her moniker as events unfold.
The former Mayor is keen for a slice of the action and doesn’t hesitate in bailing out Vance.
Also, by way of celebrity watch (or, at least, listen), former world number one tennis champion Serena Williams voices a yoga instructor.
I saw PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie with a very young audience, many of whom were toddlers and I was pleasantly surprised at how quiet they were. That says to me that they were engaged in what they were seeing, a sure sign that the film has hit the mark.
Alex’s rating Out Of 5
Average Subculture rating Out Of 5
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