PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie

Certificate: U

Voices of: Taraji P Henson, Marsai Martin, Kim Kardashian, Chris Rock, Serena Williams, Alan Kim

Release date: 2023

4 out of 5


Those adorable animated pups return for another adventure that’s aimed at the youngest of audiences (and works as a great introduction to feature length movies for kids) – but succeeds in being pretty entertaining for adults, too.

The PAW Patrol – puppies who keep Adventure City safe by fighting fires, catching bad guys and generally saving the day – find their lives are changed when a magical meteor crashes into the city and the glowing rock gives them all superpowers.

Unfortunately new villain Victoria Vance (Henson), along with familiar baddie Humdinger, sets to steal the superpowers for herself – though she hasn’t counted on the sweet determination of the puppies, and especially their littlest member, Skye, who (in a plot thread that should appeal to young viewers) learns that she’s just as special as the bigger members of the team, and not the weak link she thinks she is.

Colourfully animated, cute and really rather sweet, The Mighty Movie sets out to entertain its core fans who love the TV show on which it is based, and also charm toddlers who are new to the cuddly characters. It’s got action, sad moments, team spirit and tons of fun (and no scary moments, either) all in a bright 92 minute package that won’t overstay its welcome with little viewers or their parents.

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

The PAW Patrol do have to face off against the bad guys, but there are no truly scary moments despite fire, a crashing meteor and danger for the pups – it is all handled in a bright, light-hearted way.

Young viewers may be upset by a sad flashback scene in which Skye remembers not being picked as a puppy, feeling left out, and heading out into the snow alone, but a happy result is shown immediately.

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