The Incredible True Story of America’s Top Underdog.
Voices of Logan Lerman, Helena Bonham Carter, Gérard Depardieu, Jordan Beck, Jason Ezzell, Nicholas Rulon, Jim Pharr
|Produced by||Fun Academy Media Group|
|Violence||Fairly frequent, low to mild impact, fantastical context, contains no blood-letting.|
|Comments||Light-hearted animated themes following a true story of unlikely heroism of a dog venturing into military life. The themes explore courage, recognition of will, determination, bravery and wit, rejection and acceptance, teamwork, friendships, army training, loyalty, acceptance, togetherness and serving one's country with pride presented in a an unrealistic, fantastical and cartoonist style that carries a low sense of threat and menace, however this may potentially lead to the arousal of fear to the younger viewers. Also, although fantastical, younger viewers might still not have the ability to distinguish between what is realistic and unrealistic. The themes however carry positive, historical and educational messages which younger viewers might benefit from, the theme of world war I is treated sensitively and the events are presented in a animation format which helps mitigate the impact as compared to when presented realistically, therefore it is quite clear that the intention of the film is for younger viewers to learn about this heroic dog that served America and became everyone's hero. A 7-9PG rating would therefore, be suitable as parental guidance would assist younger viewers in recognising the context and providing reassurance.|
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|PG: Parental Guidance Suggested||Rated PG for war action and some thematic elements|
|USA version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.|
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|Guns / Weapons
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||Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
|Frightening / Tense Scenes
||Tense Family Scenes
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||Positive role models
||Drinking, drugs, smoking
What the Critics say
Gabi Zietsman This educational film surprisingly is a great account of the war through the eyes of a dog that teaches kids about the war without traumatising them.
Jim Judy I’m giving Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero a recommendation, but parents should be warned that while they might be expecting a cute and perhaps talking dog flick for the entertainment of their little one(s), this is a by-the-books but often mature and serious look at the horrors of war.
Sandie Angulo Chen Interesting tale of plucky WWI dog has some war violence.
What the People say
Average .. 68%