TL;DR – A generally fun film, even if it does lack some of the substance of its contemporaries
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid and post-credit scene
Disclosure – I paid to watch this film
DC League of Super-Pets Review –
To say that DC has had a rough couple of years at the movies would probably be a tremendous understatement. In the last couple of years, we have entered a phase where it has felt like they were throwing everything at the wall, seeing what would stick. Well, when you do that, eventually something will land, and today we look at just such a film.
So to set the scene, as Krypton starts collapsing, Jor-El (Alfred Molina) and Lara (Lena Headey) stuff their son into an escape pod so that one person may escape their doom. But as the capsule closes, the little child’s puppy jumps in unexpectedly. Many years later, on Earth, that little boy Kal-El is now Clark Kent, better known as Superman (John Krasinski), who fights crime with his trusty companion Krypto (Dwayne Johnson). However, when Lulu (Kate McKinnon), an old lab guinea pig of Lex Luthor (Marc Maron), captures some Orange Kryptonite and talks all the superheroes hostage. Krypto and a ragtag team of animals, Ace (Kevin Hart), PB (Vanessa Bayer), Merton McSnurtle (Natasha Lyonne), and Chip (Diego Luna), have to fight back and save Metropolis.
The clear strength of this film is its voice cast and characters, who are all delightful. Having Keanu Reeves play Bruce Wayne/Batman is a lovely choice that does not outstay its welcome. Kate McKinnon shines as the main villain Lulu, who can command every scene she is in and become one of the better villains in the DC. Also, this film feels wholly based on the fact that Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are friends in real life, but then you do feel it here because of that.
The animation style is fluid and helps in the action scenes when you can have a bunch of different powers firing off at once. The film is hilarious at times but in ways that are a bit more mature than I expected. Looking at you, Merton, the near-sighted turtle. It also explores some interesting topics, like it is better to work as a team than going alone and the need to accept change. However, it is also a straightforward story; once you peel back all the quips, you will see where the story is going from the start.
In the end, do we recommend DC League of Super-Pets? Well? Look, I think I had a lot of fun here, even if it did not have the substance to linger much after you finished watching it. However, it does understand the power of characters which puts it above many of its competitors. If you liked DC League of Super-Pets, we also recommend to you Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of DC League of Super-Pets
Directed by – Jared Stern
Written by – Jared Stern & John Whittington
Based on – Characters from DC
Music by – Steve Jablonsky
Edited by – David Egan & Jhoanne Reyes
Production/Distribution Companies – Warner Animation Group, DC Entertainment, Seven Bucks Productions & Warner Bros. Pictures
Starring – Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, Marc Maron, Keanu Reeves, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz, Olivia Wilde, Jameela Jamil, Jemaine Clement, John Early, Daveed Diggs, Dascha Polanco, Keith David, Maya Erskine, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alfred Molina, Lena Headey, Busy Philipps, Winona Bradshaw & David Pressman
Rating – Australia: PG; Canada: PG; Germany: 0; New Zealand: PG; United Kingdom: PG; United States: PG