'Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero'
(Logan Lerman, Helena Bonham Carter, Gérard Depardieu, et al / DVD / PG / 2018 / Paramount Pictures)
Overview: The true story of a stray dog who joins his new master on the battlefields of the First World War. For his valorous actions, Sgt. Stubby is still recognized as the most decorated dog in American history.
DVD Verdict: With the war to end all wars looming, a young army "doughboy" Robert Conroy has his life forever changed when a little dog with a stubby tail wanders into camp as the men of the 102nd Infantry Regiment train on the grounds of Yale University.
Conroy gives his new friend a name, a family, and a chance to embark on the adventure that would define a century. Despite lacking formal military working dog training, Stubby the dog and his human companions find themselves in the trenches of France and on the path to history.
French Infantryman Gaston Baptiste befriends the duo and accompanies them along their epic journey through harsh conditions and incredible acts of courage. For his valorous actions, Stubby is recognized as the first canine ever promoted to the rank of Sergeant in U.S. Army history.
Simply put, if you don't like "emotional journey" films you will not like this film! However, if you're a dog lover, military buff, history buff, or an animation fan, etc. this film covers all your bases. They bring Stubby to life. His story is amazing!
'Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero' is an animated film that presents kid friendly and is, without a shadow of a doubt, just that throughout.
Sgt. Stubby is an adorable mascot who is not only the key advertisement component of the film, but a keystone in the cute factor of this movie.
Stubby will pull your little ones in and keep them and the young at heart laughing. You may think that a movie about war can't possibly be child friendly, but the editing and craft have been strongly turned up to filter out any scary aspects of war.
Thus, if you're looking to teach history and going for a family feel Stubby will help you out.
The animation itself is certainly not Pixar quality, but Sgt. Stubby is most certainly not too shabby in terms of quality of bringing the WW1 era to life.
The canine of wonder is the best animated of the bunch, while the human soldiers are representative of something from the Clone Wars series.
Decently smooth, and representative of the situations, but just not quite as dynamic or mind blowing as Disney's megalith. In regards to design, again the developers have the cute motif down, but outside of that, not the most unique or diverse character development I have seen.
In closing, 'Sgt. Stubby' is certainly the cutest adventure to come out this year, and the sheer emotional roller coaster is more than enough to get all ages worked up.
In truth though, sure, the movie is really lacking that adventure magic, particularly the action, impasse, and structure to drive the growth of the characters, but it is what it is - and for that, I salute it. This is a Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
The Making of a Hero
Real to Reel
The True Story of Sgt. Stubby
The Art of Sgt. Stubby
Historical Image Gallery