Netflix’s ‘Dog Gone Trouble’ Is Only Worth The Problem For Young Children
SALT LAKE CITY – Sometimes a movie marketed as a parent-child movie turns out to be a movie just for the little ones to enjoy and parents just endure. Netflix’s new animated film “Dog got in troubleDoesn’t quite fall to that level, but it doesn’t reach great heights in storytelling or comedy either.
The film was directed by Kevin Johnson (who also directed an animated version of “The Jungle Book” in 2014) and hit theaters in Canada a few years ago, but was picked up by Netflix for distribution. United States. It features the voices of Big sean, Lucy hale, Pamela Adlon and musicians Snoop Dogg and Jason Mraz.
“Dog Gone Trouble” tells the story of a pampered dog named Trouble (Big Sean) whose ultra-rich elderly owner Sarah Vanderwhoozie (voiced by Betty white) spared no expense by providing her with all the comforts money can buy – including an entire staff (butler, maid, life coach, cook, etc.) dedicated to her every need. But her life is turned upside down when Sarah passes away and her greedy niece and nephew (Marissa Winokur & Joel McHale) show up to hopefully claim the inheritance.
There’s a catch, though: they have to deal with Trouble for a week before the estate can be inherited. Their niece and nephew aren’t thrilled about this, and it only gets worse when Trouble accidentally gets into a moving truck and finds himself lost in the big city.
From there, Trouble actually has to learn some life skills in order to get along with other dogs, fend off a pack of dancing-fighting squirrels, and avoid a human who communicates with animals (Wilmer Valderrama in probably the funniest part of the movie) who was hired by the niece and nephew to track him down. Along the way, Trouble meets a struggling singer turned pizza delivery guy named Zoe (Hale) who has nothing but seems to at least love her like her late owner did.
It’s a pretty straightforward tale that has a few occasional fun moments, but it’s not very original. He also has plenty of characters to follow – including what could be the first time rapper Snoop Dogg has played a real dog. The animation was produced by Vanguard Animation and is not as polished as some of the larger studio releases.
But probably the best thing about “Dog Gone Trouble” is that it’s safe for all ages (it’s rated TV-Y7 with nothing worse than body function humor) so parents can put it on. on Netflix on a TV for younger children and not worry about the content, while they watch something else on another TV. I give it a star out of four for all the adults who would watch it, but my younger kids liked it very much, so I’ll be generous and say three out of four for younger kids.
Hope you and your family found this review useful! Andy farnsworth is the movie and pop culture guy for the KSL 5 today morning news show and also hosts the Fan effect podcast for KSL News. Check out some of his other in-depth movie and TV streaming reviews at KSLTV.com