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Jock The Hero Dog

Bryan Adams , Helen Hunt , Duncan MacNeillie  |  PG |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bryan Adams, Helen Hunt, Ted Danson, Donald Sutherland, Mandy Patinkin
  • Directors: Duncan MacNeillie
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0084NZES8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,719 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jock the Hero Dog is a family animated adventure that tells the heart-warming, coming-of-age story of a young man and his best friend, a lovable and fearless dog named, Jock. Narrated by Donald Sutherland, the story takes place in the beautiful outback of South Africa. Through a series of life-lessons and bonging experiences, Jock, the runt of the litter, grows to become a beloved and trusted companion, a bold adventurer, and a living embodiment of the power of courage, self-belief and redemption.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best November 7, 2012
By Liyoht
One of the best animated animal tales I have seen in a while. Strong characters and plot and well placed songs. Im at a loss why others have given this movie such a low undeserved rating this is very much a five star movie if you love animated talking animal videos. Maybe it could be scary for five year olds not every animated video is ment for those under five. There are humans in this movie, the main character is Jock the dog. Standard animals can talk to each other but not humans type movie. Talking animals in this movie are as follows Jock a dog, his mother and litter mates, a rooster, and a few monkeys. This is very much a dog lovers movie however.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Bad as Expected but Could Have Been Better January 26, 2014
At the end of 2007 Duncan MacNeillie, together with a small team of animators, relocated from Nelspruit to Johannesburg to start production on what would become Jock the Hero Dog. It took a team of 25 animators 3-years to complete the film. Midway through 2009 the decision was made to complete the film in Stereoscopic so as to capitalize on the popularity of 3D computer generated feature films. The end result was released (domestically) on July 24th, 2012 and arrived to DVD on September 25th of that same year.

First thing you are going to notice about Jock the Hero Dog is that there is no shortage of critics willing to tear the film apart on just about every conceivable level. To be honest, coming from a world where Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks have spoiled us with literally all a computer animated feature film could & should be; the animation quality of Jock is going to come up short. Considering 2012 wasn’t all that long ago, one sort of expects a higher degree of visual presentation. However, I am a big advocate of the theory that pretty graphics do not a good movie make so that being said does Jock overcome its visual limitations to deliver a solid story? Well, yes and no. On the one hand it’s a sweeping tale painted against a South African landscape at the turn of the century. It’s based on actual events and encompasses the idea of the bond between man and dog. On the other it’s a bit unfocused on its intended audience. It lacks almost any and all humor and a few of the themes presented are rather melancholy by nature.

First, let’s talk about the good. The vocal cast is quite stellar including the efforts of Helen Hunt, Ted Danson, William Baldwin, Mandy Patinkin, Donald Sutherland and singer/ songwriter Bryan Adams as the titular character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smiles all day April 17, 2014
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This was actually a replacement copy for my 2 year old grand daughther who just loves this show. She broke the previous one taking it out of the case ! I'm bad for letting her, lol. She was so excited to see it wasn't gone forever!! I just like to make her happy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good move very enjoyable for all ages. March 31, 2014
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Great movie Grand boys liked it and so did it we. This is based on a novel about the real dog!! Brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gift for my grandson. December 27, 2013
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I wanted a DVD that was suitable for my grandson to watch while
he was at my house. He seemed to like it very much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars educational June 8, 2013
By Wendy
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There is a lot of information in this movie that lets children know some lessons in life they could encounter. Knowing how to apply what they seen in Jock in life's day to day expectations compared to their own situations. Plus it keeps their attention span to the movie instead of picking at each other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jock the Hero Dog March 4, 2013
By Brenda
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This is a great movie for the whole family! We all enjoyed watching it together and there are always life lessons in a good movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Seem to Know What its Target Market Was
A remake of a classic 80s South African film Jock the Bushveld which was based on the true story written by Percy Fitzpatrick about his runt of a dog who became a hero, that was... Read more
Published 16 months ago by James N Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good product, good price
Not an Oscar winner, but a well-made animated feature that my granddaughter likes, so that's enough of an endorsement for me. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Richard W. Moczygemba
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Painful to Watch
The animation is okay but man this movie is just missing "it". It's tough to watch. You have zero attachment to the characters, and it's just overall really "weird". Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. Payne
1.0 out of 5 stars an abomination to the true story of Jock of the Bushveld
This is a brave attempt at South Africa's first 3d animation, but it is truly "the worst dog movie I have ever seen". Read more
Published 22 months ago by A. J. Malherbe
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst dog movie I have ever seen
The world has a ton of dog related movies to choose from. There are classics like 101 Dalmations and Lady and the Tramp, live actions like Benji and Hotel for dogs, and thousands... Read more
Published on September 20, 2012 by tdl
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a Family Film
Even though it isn't available on Amazon for another month, I purchased this movie at "WallyWorld" this past week. Read more
Published on July 30, 2012 by Jodi A Bateman
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