Run time: 88 mins
The pack of pups head for the big city in this colourful and inspiring animated feature.
Young human Ryder (voiced by newcomer Will Brisbin) and his squad of pooches run Adventure Bay’s rescue operations. When their biggest rival, Humdinger, starts wreaking havoc as the mayor of the city, Ryder and everyone’s favourite heroic hounds kick into high gear to face the challenge. Armed with exciting new gadgets and gear, the PAW Patrol joins forces with a savvy dachshund to save the citizens of Adventure City.
Paw Patrol’s greatest strengths are the messages of teamwork and accepting ourselves, flaws and all. Many will be able to relate with Chase and his insecurities and Liberty and her desire to be part of the team. Chase in particular goes through some real emotions and the film gives him the time to drink those feelings in. His process is ideal for encouraging children to talk about their concerns in a healthy way, and how not to fear them.
Both entertaining and educational, this is one animated adventure that neither kids nor parents will feel the need to be rescued from. (Chris Coetsee)