PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups

Certificate: U

Voices of: Chance Hurstfield, Kallan Holley

Release date: 2019

3 out of 5


The cute and cuddly animated pups from Canadian/Nick Jr TV series PAW Patrol get their own movie with this fun, bright adventure.

Aimed at the youngest of viewers, this is just over an hour in length (perfect for squirming little ones) and remains true to the much-loved series while adding a broader story for the big screen.

After an asteroid crashes near Adventure Bay, PAW Patrol leader Ryder and his pups – including firefighter dalmatian Marshall, construction bulldog Rubble, German Shepherd police dog Chase, aviator cockapoo Skye and snow rescue husky Everest go to investigate. When they come in contact with the space rock, the pups gain superhuman powers (Chase gets superspeed, Skye can conjure up tornados and Everest can project mounds of snow and glaciers of ice), but so does Mayor Humdinger’s mischievous nephew Harold. And like his uncle, Harold wants to take over Adventure Bay, even if it means kidnapping PAW Patrol to do it.

The story zips along at speed –meaning that if a pup is in peril you know he or she will be rescued in the next scene before junior viewers start to worry – and there’s lots of action and adventure for fans of the series to enjoy. There’s not much here for adults, of course (unless you count a cute little nod to Raiders Of The Lost Ark at the end), but as a brief introduction to going to the cinema for the under-5s it is a solid and safe choice.

Is PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...

While the mayor and his nephew aren’t very nice, they aren’t at all threatening and there should be no scenes that will upset even very young children. The pups are never in danger for more than a few seconds.

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