Lets get this out of your head. The folks reading this article are not the target audience for PAW Patrol: The Movie. Even if you've been watching the TV show, chances are good that you've forgotten that this is a movie. For those of you who don't know, here's the short version. The movie is about two teenagers who are in jail because they robbed a bank. While in jail they decide to rob another bank and while they are doing so, they encounter an angel who rescues them.
The film adaptation of Paw Patrol: The Movie has received mixed reviews from movie critics. Most of them hail it as a fun, entertaining, action-packed crime thriller, while others call it a disaster. I think the real truth lies somewhere in between. As the first part of a two-part release, the movie is definitely better than the second part but it isn't anywhere near as good as the original.
Paw Patrol: The Movie owes its success to its unique voice and art style. The lead character, Hot Girl, is voiced by Pamela Anderson, best known for her role as the title character in the Saw movies. Her performance as the cynical and tough police officer is quite believable. In fact, Anderson does a good job of capturing the real life tension and humor of being a police officer. But most of all, I think she did an excellent job of making Hot Girl appealing and humanized. That makes the audience care about her, which is vital in any animated film.
Speaking of animation, Paw Patrol: The Movie boasts one of the best animated scenes I have ever seen in a children's movie. The way they draw Hot Girl's head back in the movie makes you feel like you are watching someone else's animation in slow-mo. The way the rest of the story is told using short clips of other events adds a nice touch as well. And the song that plays during the credits roll is just about as cute as they come.
The real strength of Paw Patrol: The Movie comes from the performances of its characters. Anderson's hotdog is the epitome of dumb and stupid, but he has a very human quality about him as well. His love for his daughter, though occasionally shown, shows just how much he cares. Anderson also plays the typical girl next door who is the nice older sister, but in this film she proves to be more in tune with her younger brother's feelings than her own.
Overall, Paw Patrol: The Movie doesn't live up to the expectations, but it is still a decent family friendly animated film. I recommend giving it a watch if you happen to have time. If not, I suggest moving on to something else. Besides, there are plenty of other cartoons on television that are more worthy of your time. While I'm sure there will be similarities to other computer-animated movies released online, I think the quality in Paw Patrol is better than most.