PAW PATROL: Mighty Pups 2021
Parents need to know that Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups is an impressive first stand-alone spin-off movie -- with a runtime of 44 minutes -- to the short-form TV series. When a meteor crashes onto Earth, the pups all receive superpowers, such as the ability to fly, super speed, and super strength. There are plenty of positive messages to take from the movie. Chase (voiced by Max Calinescu) is the reluctant leader who, after a number of setbacks, begins to believe in himself. Encouraged by Ryder (Jaxon Mercey), Chase shows great leadership in organizing the pups into a team capable of defeating the villainous Mayor Humdinger (Ron Pardo) and his nerdy nephew, Harold (Chance Hurstfield). The nonstop action involves some moments of peril -- the meteor crashing down to Earth, Ryder being held captive by Harold, and a giant robot that catches the pups with nets -- but no one comes to any real harm. Dressing Skye -- one of only two female pups -- all in pink still feels lazy and clichéd, although it's a decision the Paw Patrol creators remain committed to. With an array of Paw Patrol merchandise already available, this movie version serves as a 44-minute commercial.
PAW PATROL: Mighty Pups
When a meteor comes crashing down to Earth, the Paw Patrol pups discover that they now have superpowers and thus become PAW PATROL: MIGHTY PUPS. Mayor Goodway (voiced by Deanne Degruijter) decides to put the meteor on display in the town hall. But Mayor Humdinger (Ron Pardo) and his nephew Harold (Chance Hurstfield) want the meteor for themselves, so they decide to steal it. Can Chase (Max Calinescu) and his fellow pups save the day?
This is the first theatrical adventure for the Paw Patrol team -- so familiar from the TV series -- and the action is cranked up for the duration of its extended 44-minute running time. After a meteor crash-lands on Earth, all the pups find themselves with different superpowers. They suitably rename themselves the "Mighty Pups" -- though some of the superpowers are better than others. Chase, for example, has been given the gift of speed, and Rubble has super strength. Whereas Rocky's ability to "magic up" tools feels as if the writers ran out of ideas.
While all the pups get their moment to shine, the story centers around Chase. The police dog's character arc is well formed. From insecure -- yet enthusiastic -- second-in-command, Chase must step into the role of leader. He does so, although not without some bumps along the way. But these only help reinforce the not too subtle lessons -- "a good leader never gives up" being just one example of the on-the-nose dialogue -- about learning from your mistakes, believing in yourself, and teamwork. And it's for these positive messages that Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups should be applauded. Even if parents can expect an increase in requests for Paw Patrol merchandise after the movie ends.
Families can talk about the positive messages in Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups. Chase shows perseverance and courage, and together with the other pups, teamwork. Why are these such important character strengths? What are some real-life examples of times when you've demonstrated some of these?
The series focuses on a young boy named Ryder who leads a crew of search and rescue dogs that call themselves the PAW Patrol. They work together on missions to protect the shoreside community of Adventure Bay and surrounding areas. Each dog has a specific set of skills based on emergency services professions, such as a firefighter, a police officer, and an aviation pilot. They all reside in doghouses that transform into customized vehicles, or "pupmobiles", for their missions. They are also equipped with special hi-tech backpacks called "pup packs" that contain tools relating to the pups' jobs.
Each episode of PAW Patrol follows a similar pattern. Episodes normally open with a scene depicting the dogs going about their everyday lives in Adventure Bay, often playing with dog toys or going to the local playground. Ryder, a ten-year-old boy, is advised of a problem by receiving a call for help or by witnessing a situation himself. His most frequent callers are an accident-prone marine biologist named Cap'n Turbot and the town's mayor, Mayor Goodway. Ryder always alerts the dogs via their blinking pet tags. The team members report to their base, the Lookout, and enter its elevator. Marshall typically arrives last causing a humorous mishap that makes the other pups laugh as the elevator rises, although Rubble causes the elevator gag in some episodes. When they reach the top floor, they arrange themselves in a line. Chase announces that the team is ready for action as Ryder tells the pups what has happened. He chooses several members of the team, normally two first responders, to help solve whatever problem has emerged. They ride a slide down to their vehicles and complete their mission. The PAW Patrol's missions include rescuing people, stopping different dangers, and thwarting the devious plots of Mayor Humdinger of Foggy Bottom in later episodes. When they have finished, Ryder says his catchphrase: "Whenever you're in trouble, just yelp for help!" (or a variation of that in later episodes). Then Ryder congratulates the pups.
According to a 2017 Spin Master interview, "everything pup-related was debated endlessly: names, sizes, ages, breeds." The pups' designs underwent major changes after Chapman's pitch; they were very realistic at first, with unique fur and textures based on their breeds, but they were later simplified and made more cartoonish. Cap'n Turbot's unique design, with his distinctive bead eyes and large nose, was based on the design of Chapman's Bob the Builder character. Ryder's hairstyle was based on Ronnen Harary's hair.
The show has received recognition from public figures and celebrities. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his children are fans of the show; Trudeau mentioned the characters by name in a 2017 speech. After performing at the Super Bowl LII halftime show, Justin Timberlake filmed a segment for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in which he named Chase as his favourite PAW Patrol character and held a Chase plush toy. During his opening monologue for the 90th Academy Awards, host Jimmy Kimmel joked that Timothée Chalamet was missing PAW Patrol to attend the ceremony, but "Ryder and his team of pups saved the day, so".
Like many children's properties, unauthorized productions and events using copyright infringing costumes featuring the show's characters have attracted the attention of Spin Master and Nickelodeon. In February 2016, several Greene King pubs in the U.K. scheduled breakfast events with costumed characters modelled after the pups. Nickelodeon forced the chain to stop every event by threatening a lawsuit if they went ahead. There was some consumer backlash as a result, but the events were not held.
On November 3, 2021, Nickelodeon and Spin Master stated that an untitled spin-off series focusing on one of the main six pups was in development, and was set to premiere in 2023. On March 24, 2022, it was announced that the spin-off series would focus on Rubble. In November 2022, the series' title was revealed to be Rubble & Crew. Rather than Guru Studio, the spinoff is animated by Jam Filled Entertainment, and premiered on February 3, 2023.
When a magical meteor crash lands in Adventure City, it gives the PAW Patrol pups superpowers, transforming them into The MIGHTY PUPS! For Skye, the smallest member of the team, her new powers are a dream come true. But things take a turn for the worse when the pups' archrival Humdinger breaks out of jail and teams up with Victoria Vance, a meteor-obsessed mad scientist, to steal the superpowers and turn themselves into supervillains. With the fate of Adventure City hanging in the balance, the Mighty Pups have to stop the supervillains before it's too late, and Skye will need to learn that even the smallest pup can make the biggest difference.
When a spaceship that Mayor Humdinger was planning to fly into space so that he could be the first mayor on the moon takes off without him and crashes into a passing meteor, the meteor comes plummeting down to Earth and crash lands on the beach in Adventure Bay. The Paw Patrol, who were on the scene to clear the streets before the meteor came crashing down, and Harold Humdinger, Mayor Humdinger's nephew who was on hand to help his uncle fly into space, investigated the glowing rock, but then got blasted by the meteor's powerful energy! This resulted in both Harold and the pups getting super powers. With their new powers from the recently dubbed "Mighty Meteor", the Paw Patrol became The Mighty Pups! 041b061a72