DOG GONE TROUBLE – IS THIS THE ARISTOCATS FOR DOGS?

If you’re a Netflix viewer, you may have come across a film called Dog Gone Trouble, and wanted to know a bit more about it? Let us assist you there.

DOG GONE TROUBLE – IT’S BEEN AROUND A COUPLE OF YEARS

The film’s original name was Trouble, computer-animated one directed by Kevin Johnson (as opposed to another film with the same name). Johnson has a lengthy record in this sphere, but it is unclear whether it actually reached any theatres. Netflix acquired its rights renamed it Dog Gone Trouble, and released it at the end of May this year.

DOG GONE TROUBLE – WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

The plot centres around a pampered dog – Trouble, who lives in a mansion with a wealthy and doting owner. The only interruption is their Butler, who caters to their needs. Sounds familiar? Maybe you’ve seen Disney’s 1970 movie The Aristocrats!

One day the owner dies unexpectedly, ruffling Trouble’s idle and luxurious existence. This is until the arrival of deceased owner’s niece and nephew. They plan to claim inheritance of the mansion – a slight deviation on The Aristocats theme (but pretty darn similar!). These pivotal events propel our canine protagonist into a situation where he finds himself lost, alone and on the streets – much like the Aristocats! The film’s narrative then deviates quite a bit from the old Disney film, as a turn of events cause the greedy relatives to seek him out.

DOG GONE TROUBLE – IS IT ANY GOOD?

The movie gets an audience average of 43% on Rotten Tomatoes, and an IMBD audience rating of 5.8/10. It is not easy to find reviews for its first incarnation as a movie release, but has had more since being streamed on Netflix. So anyway, what do we think?

Like some of those reviews we consider one of the attractions of Dog Gone Trouble is its voiceover cast. This includes rapper Big Sean, and Truth or Dare star Lucy Hale. It is colourful and pretty slickly animated.

On the whole, we reckon this to be a pretty decent, if a little generic film for very young viewers. We don’t think it reaches anywhere near the heights of a lot of Disney classics – Aristocats included. The the film has a positive and feel-good message and it is likely to keep kids entertained. However, it’s less likely to cross over into adult appeal – something that the more revered animated greats achieved.

Incidentally, a few people have taken exception to the squirrels in the movie making suggestive innuendoes. For most of us though, that’s all going to seem pretty tame. If you have a small child and are potentially concerned about yours being influenced by all this, we think it is unlikely to have much of an effect!

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