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Rock Dog

Rock Dog
Voices of: Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, J. K. Simmons
Lewis Black, Kenan Thompson, Mae Whitman, Jorge Garcia, Matt Dillon and Sam Elliott

Rated: PG for action and language.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: February 24, 2017 Released by: Summit Entertainment

This amusing animated film is a Chinese/American collaboration, starring the voice talent of Luke Wilson and Eddie Izzard and directed by Ash Brannon.

Bodi (Wilson) is a mastiff who lives in the Himalayas on Snow Mountain with his father Khampa (J.K. Simmons).  He helps his dad guard the sheep in his small village against the wolf pack lurking at the base of the mountain.  The  wolf leader (voiced by Lewis Black) has his henchmen keep a constant vigil to see when the sheep are vulnerable.

A  funny recurring scene has Khampa having the sheep dress up in large soldier costumes.  Even though the outfits are too heavy for them and they can hardly stand up, they line up at the top of the mountain at attention, pretending to be at the alert in case the wolves decide to attack.

Bodi is a good son and helps dad whenever he can, but his heart isn't in it.  He longs to take off for the big city and try his luck at becoming a rock star.  He wants to meet his idol, rock star Angus Scattergood (Izzard), and takes his small guitar to find happiness.

Angus is a big star and Bodi is so naïve, he believes he can just walk up to his mansion and go inside.  When Bodi finds the house, he's met with a maze filled with giant robot mice, an electrified gate and a trap door, all of which is quite funny, because when he's knocked down, he just gets up, brushes himself off and good-naturedly tries again.

Bodi is a sweet character and he learns some pretty good lessons.  For a film that features a rock star, you'd expect a few big musical numbers, there is a song or two, but nothing memorable.  Scattergood is a terrific character, he's flamboyant and self-absorbed, but in the end he helps his little friend.

Thankfully there are no rude jokes and no bathroom humor, just a pretty good comedy that should entertain both children and adults alike.

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