Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park
(Ashleigh Ball, Andrew Francis, Brian Drummond, Kathleen Barr, Jason Simpson, et al / Blu-ray+Digital / PG / 2021 / Lionsgate)
Overview: One year after the events of the original Rock Dog, Bodi and his band, True Blue, have become locally famous in the village of Snow Mountainâ€”they even have devoted fans!
But when a music mogul named Lang gives them the opportunity to tour with pop sensation Lil Foxy, Bodi and his friends learn that fame comes at a price, and ultimately discover that only by staying true to yourself can you unleash the power of rock n roll!
Blu-ray Verdict: Cats and dogs instinctively do not like each other, and Bodi, the Mastiff, and a cat named Angus Scattergood, an aging rock star, were no exception at the beginning of their time together.
Bodi left his home on the mountain to pursue a career in rock n roll, and Angus, with an inflated ego and an emancipated underweight physique, dreaded writing a new song which was so desperately needed to revive his flailing career.
Thus, the first animated film Rock Dog was not a Disney movie, nor a DreamWorks, nor any other big movie studio movie, but it worked like a dream in my eyes.
Relaxing at home watching it for the very first time back a few years ago with our two young kids, I immediately fell in love with the movie and its glorious colors and heartwarming messages throughout.
Well, for some strange reason, it was not a huge box office success, but must have caught on via home entertainment as they have now brought out a quite lovely follow up in the form of Rock dog 2: Rock Around the Park.
This movie picks up one year after the events of the first movie. Bodi is still living on Snow Mountain, playing music with his band, and enjoying life.
However, after an offer from an executive, they work with popstar Lil Foxy. Together, they go on a journey and learn about the realities of fame and staying true to yourself.
This is a premise that is not very original, but there are still movies that make the most out of a formulaic premise. The great news is, this sequel makes the most of a second go around and is just brilliant from start to finish!
The story, the voice acting, the animation, and the colors are all top quality and even though this one is a direct to home video sequel, it is no less as wondrous as the original.
Adults can enjoy the somewhat more mature elements and references and kids can enjoy it due to it being fun and easy to comprehend. So take my advice and give it a look as it is a parent film first, but a teaching element for your kids also.
The True Blue band is back to rock the place when Rock Dog 2: Rock Around The Park arrives on Digital June 11th, and on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD June 15th from Lionsgate.