Thank you Air Bud Entertainment for sending us a screener link!
Reality singing shows like American Idol and The Voice are enjoyed by many humans. With the help of Evolution treats, dogs have gained the ability to talk, sing, and enjoy competing in their own singing show titled Pup Star. The contestants must sing original songs and are judged by canine judges with similar names and personalities of their human counterparts. The judges’ names are Blake Sheltie, Dog Gnarly, Lady Paw Paw, and Simon Growl. There’s plenty of silliness in this tale of love, revenge, and perseverance.
Tiny is a Yorkie who loves her owner, Lou. Sadly, Lou lost her mother recently. Lou and Tiny sing together and encourage each other to follow their dreams. Tiny competes in Chicago’s audition’s for Pup Star and gets the golden bone and a chance to compete in the finals that take place in New York City. Lou has to get her father’s permission to take her there though. Sadly, the trip planning gets postponed due to Lou running into a truck and breaking her arm and Tiny getting dognapped by Roland, the greedy owner of Happy Ranch kennel.
In the kennel Tiny learns that Roland only releases dogs that have a reward on them and that if they’re not claimed within a year they’ll be put down. A dog named Charlie is nearing his execution date but has an escape plan and begrudgingly takes Tiny along with him. As Tiny and Charlie travel to New Orleans, New Jersey, and New York they learn about love, friendship, and infusing their experiences into the songs that they sing.
Charlie has a bone to pick with the current Pup Star champion, Bark, and wants to pay him back for stealing his music without giving him proper credit for it. Along the way Tiny gets to meet Charlie’s love interest and her personal idol, Emily Rose. With all of the help and support of friends Tiny has what it takes to dethrone Bark, but needs to get past Kano the bounty hunter that’s after her. I’ll leave the rest of the movie a surprise as it’s worth checking out.
The music is cute and has many different styles ranging from country, rap (performed by Juicy J), to rock and roll. The lip syncing/special effects are well done and the dogs do a nice job of dancing while performing.
While Pup Star is family friendly, it’s worth noting that there are references to Hinduism, Buddhism, and one of the dogs has homosexual characteristics though it's not expounded upon. With that being said, there’s a far more positive message about rescuing dogs and loving them unconditionally.
Currently Pup Star is available on FandangoNow and we highly recommend checking it out! We double dog dare you!