PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie

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The purpose of the “Paw Patrol” television series is to (1) make kids identify with the characters and (2) get parents to buy toys, t-shirts, books, sweatshirts, underwear, toothbrushes, birthday party supplies, watches, and a ton of other toys. It excels at creating just the right amount of suspense before a comforting laugh or rewarding outcome. The puppies have just enough one-attribute personalities (clumsy, hungry, etc.), similar to Smurfs or Disney’s Seven Dwarfs, to be simple to relate to and to produce a catchphrase kids can expect. The young characters in the stories triumph over evil by using bravery and cutting-edge technology.

A more-funny-than-scaresome villain, some great lessons about self-assurance and teamwork, and impressive guest stars, such as Kristen Bell, James Marsden, Lil Rel Howery, and Kim Kardashian (as a pampered poodle social media celebrity) and her kids, voice minor characters are all there. But when I grinned, it was more frequently in remembrance of the Oscar Isaac sketch about Paw Patrol on “Saturday Night Live” than it was in response to what was on screen.

In the world of “Paw Patrol,” a group of various Justice League-style puppies commanded by a 10-year-old kid named Ryder (newcomer Finn Lee-Epp) carry out every type of rescue necessary in Adventure City by air, land, and water. They are the Coast Guard, the Police Department, and the Fire Department. Because Ryder is a youngster, kids may relate to him, but they can also picture themselves in Ryder’s position as a kind of forgiving, patient parent. He is independent (we never meet Ryder’s family), incredibly capable (he creates technologies the Pentagon would be envious of), and always encouraging, yet he always puts the safety of the puppies first. Additionally, he continuously stresses the value of cooperation among the group.

Skye, who takes center stage now like Chase did in the first movie (then voiced by Iain Armitage, now by Christian Convery), is portrayed by the charming young actress Mckenna Grace. Like the other puppies, Skye is courageous, resilient, devoted, and incredibly capable. She was the runt of the litter and the only one who was not adopted, so she has struggled with thoughts of inadequacy ever since. She fled after Ryder after being left behind but became stranded in the snow. He saved her and incorporated her into the group. She finds it annoying because while the other puppies are getting bigger, she is not.

As Victoria Vance, the villain in this movie, Taraji P. Henson makes for a delightful performance. While utilizing magnetism to dislodge meteors from their orbit, Victoria repeatedly claims she is not a mad scientist. Those meteors have an enigmatic power source, which will play a major role in the plot. Fans of former mayor and cat lover Humdinger (Ron Pardo), a regular Paw Patrol foe, will be pleased to see him appear as Victoria’s cell-mate and aid in her jailbreak.

With their planes, boats, trucks, and command center, the Paw Patrol puppies can do practically anything and can see into any area of Adventure City. It covers such a large area that even once the headquarters is destroyed, it suddenly reappears. But perhaps they need some fresh ideas now that there have been more than 200 episodes and another big-budget movie. So let’s grant them all superpowers! One of the enigmatic meteorites contains crystals, neatly one for each pup. Each person’s unique abilities are amplified by the crystals, which should spark interesting family discussions. Additionally, it is more intense than the prior G-rated movie, garnering a PG for some danger and “cartoon violence.” No one is wounded, but there is a lot of broken stuff.

They are adorable tiny puppies who drive about in cars, as one character immediately states. Just accept it; I know it sounds strange. Is a full-length movie necessary for this? No. Parents will they enjoy it? Only if they doze off while their delighted kids bring them popcorn and they listen to the guest stars’ voices. Is purchasing tickets to see this movie effectively supporting a system for the hegemony of the consumer? Sure. Is it beneficial to introduce kids to the excitement of watching their favorite stories on a big screen in a dark room as a transitional object? It is, of course.

A Dora the Explorer-starring short about rescuing a fictional creature’s egg comes before the main feature.

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