Rated: PG for war action and some thematic elements. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: April 13, 2018 Released by: Mikros Image
Sgt. Stubby is a gentle animated feature based on a real hero dog from World War I.
Robert Conroy played Logan Lerman along with his comrades are influenced by a short small dog who appears to join the army at the time of World War I. The dog not only reaches into the hearts of the military officers and the new recruits he creates situations which allow the American and French military to fight more easily against the German invading troops in France.
Stubby has a cute warm face with eyes that all but talk and he senses danger which allow him to warn the allied forces to take cover and to be effectively aggressive during critical battles.
The timing of the film fits easily in today's news, one of the main problems for the American troops was the use of chemicals by the German military. Stubby not only wears a mask like the humans he has an early alert ability which saves lives for both the soldiers and the civilians in the towns surrounding the battle fields.
The animation is interesting it gives a sanitized view of World War I, but it does present the atmosphere and the characters in color. Most films about WWI are in black and white giving this animated color version a new dimension to see the early twenty century war.
The story is quite a Lassie TV show, even when we learn it is based on a real character it appears to be somewhat simple and straight forward. That quality allows a war film to be acceptable for kids to view. The dog is so cute and appealing the limited story has a warm center that reaches for the heart. Kids will fall for the little Stubby.
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