PAW Patrol: The Movie

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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 Parents recommendPopular with kids
Brave, talented pups save the day in pre-K adventure.
  • G
  • 2021
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 10 reviews

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Educational Value

Meant to entertain, but audiences will learn life lessons about courage and teamwork.

Positive Messages

Movie, like show it's based on, focuses on perseverance, teamwork, believing in yourself, learning from your mistakes, and helping/rescuing people. The pups each bring different talents to the crew and all work together during every emergency. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ryder is a loyal, brave leader. He cares for and encourages each of the pups. As in the series, Chase initially doubts himself and deals with anxiety but eventually shows leadership. Liberty is plucky and brave, proves herself worthy of a spot on the team. The pups know how to work together and use their specific gifts to help the residents of Adventure City and to stop Mayor Humdinger from his nefarious plans.

Violence & Scariness

Some perilous moments include people/pets in vehicles that are about to crash or buildings about to collapse. A weather catastrophe frightens residents who run around looking for safety. Fireworks lead to a fire that the PAW Patrol has to stop. Dogs are abducted and kept locked up. 

Sexy Stuff

Nothing on-screen, but tons of tie-ins to merchandise, inluding apparel, accessories, toys, video games, and apps. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that PAW Patrol: The Movie is based on Nickelodeon's beloved preschool-targeted animated series. Like the show, the movie focuses on human boy Ryder (voiced by Will Brisbin) and his extraordinary pack of puppy hero friends, who must rally to save their town's neighboring city from greedy, cat-loving, dog-hating Mayor Humdinger (Ron Pardo). After a call from observant puppy pal Liberty (Marsai Martin), the PAW Patrol -- including Chase (Iain Armitage), Rubble (Keegan Hedley), Rocky (Callum Shoniker), and Skye (Lilly Bartlam) -- head from Adventure Bay to neighboring Adventure City, where Humdinger is wreaking havoc with his selfish plans. The movie has slightly more peril and cartoon violence than the show -- mostly humans and pets stuck in vehicles or buildings that are about to collapse or crash -- but it continues to promote positive messages about courage, perseverance, teamwork, and problem-solving. The supporting voice cast includes Kim Kardashian WestJimmy Kimmel, Randall Park, Tyler PerryYara Shahidi, and Dax Shepard.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byYviisme August 18, 2021

Great BUT adopters beware

It's a great film and we love the puppies in our house. BUT and it's a very big BUT, the adoption, 'revisiting the scene of your trauma', st... Continue reading
Adult Written byColeAnders August 20, 2021

Pawsome movie!

Our daughter is 3 and loved the action in this film! Loved the graphics and it had an entertaining storyline even for us adults! Taught meaningful lessons and s... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byCinnamini August 21, 2021

Really good

Really good. It was cinematic and the cinematography was epic. That is the one word to describe this movie. Epic. Liked how Chase arrested someone on actual cha... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byVilinsky August 29, 2021
Good movie

What's the story?

In PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE, Ryder (voiced by Will Brisbin) and the pups' dog-hating arch-nemesis, Mayor Humdinger (Ron Pardo), is elected the new mayor of Alphabet City -- the "big city" near the pups' hometown of Adventure Bay. He forces a meteorologist to turn over the use of a "cloud catcher" weather-controlling device and wreaks general havoc on everything from a fireworks display to mass transit with his selfish plans. Scrappy young pup Liberty (Marsai Martin) calls the rescue team to let them know that Adventure City could use their help, but Chase (Iain Armitage) feels anxious about returning to the city where he has a sad past. Mayor Humdinger, who has six cats, keeps abusing the cloud catcher to make sure that the weather is sunny and starts rounding up and caging dogs.

Is it any good?

These adorable, selfless rescue pups are irresistible to preschoolers, who will be delighted by the movie's sweet, simple adventure. Sometimes studios will cut corners with movies aimed at toddlers and preschoolers, figuring the littlest viewers will be happy to watch any animated movie about talking animals, but that's not the case here. Yes, families with existing PAW Patrol fans may have a deeper, more immediate connection to the story, but even audiences who don't know anything more than the theme song will be pleasantly surprised at the movie being much more than just superficial silliness. Its themes of teamwork, trust-building, and courage are overt without being preachy, and the celebrity voice cameos will make parents laugh, like Jimmy Kimmel playing a TV reporter, Tyler Perry as a truck driver in need of saving, and even Kim Kardashian West as a fancy poodle (naturally).

It's particularly exciting to see that the pups' new recruit is brave, outspoken Liberty, a charming and much needed second girl to join the male-dominated team. Liberty demonstrates her readiness to be on the Patrol with her intuitive observational skills, her courageous willingness to help, and her desire to make a difference. Chase has the biggest story arc -- just as he does on the show -- but all the pups have a moment to shine, a scene that lets them show off how they're pivotal and irreplaceable to the team. Families with young kids will enjoy all the ways the pups act as community helpers and, in the process, encourage and support one another too.

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