Jim Kammerud, Brian Smith
The animation is clearly cheap, but not far off from the original’s quality. The plot is almost exactly the same as the new movie, BOLT, and it feels like just about every other dog movie ever made. Unlike the original and other original Disney hits, this sequel has none of the charm or bearable script write-ins that keep parents and babysitters alike from considering sticking a fork into an electric socket. Thankfully, it’s less than 75 minutes long.
Side Note: Does anyone else think it’s a little perverse that they’re moving to a new home called the “puppy plantation”? It sounds like Cruella de Vil’s fantasy.
Music and More:
“Try Again” music video: You can enjoy one of the horrible songs from the movie once again in a montage of clips thrown in with video of the singer recording in the studio.
“You’re the One” music video: This song utilizes a mix of movie dialogue and editing effects to make a montage of all of the same scenes from the movie seem creative and new. It’s not. Listen for the rap in the middle in an attempt to make the movie seem more hip and modern.
Games and Activites:
Thunderbolt: An Inside Look: You can click on objects inside Thunderbolt’s trailer to see what a fake, TV, dog hero might keep in his trailer. Highlights include a fake dog food commercial and fan mail. This isn’t so much a game or activity as it is shameless self-promotion.
Patch’s Twilight Adventure: This is an actual game with puzzle pieces, keys, maps and more to help save the other puppies from the puppynapper. I’m not going to lie; I failed at this one a couple of times. This one is actually a decent game. Lost in London: This is weird, it’s a news story/history lesson in one. They seem to expect kids to know a lot ahead of time. This one seems too hard for most kids. I’m not a fan.
Backstage Disney: The dogs tell the story in this “Making the dogumentary.” It’s just as lame as it sounds; no kid in his right mind would actually want to watch this. If you happen to have one of those kids that will watch anything as long as it’s on a screen, this will buy you another 7 minutes of time you don’t have to entertain them.