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Jock The Hero Dog

3.7 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0084NZES8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,662 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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I watched this movie with my 5 year old son. I turned it off about half way and through it away. It was a wast of money!! Maybe I try to shelter my son a little to much but there are a lot of things that happen in this movie I don't want him to be seeing. When ever someone tries to drown a puppy, throws a hog down a flight of stairs and he looks almost dead when he gets to the bottom, a guy that walks around hurting animals to get his way, and much more..... This is not the kind of movie I think a 5 year old should be watching. To bad a wasted my money
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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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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 first published in 1907. The main problem with Jock the Hero Dog is that it is trying to appeal to both the tell the historic story through education crowd, as well as trying to make, what in all honestly was a pretty horrific for animals at the time story, into a child appealing film. It's animated and the imagery does look all right, it has the 3 dimensional look to it but is a long way off better animated films with animals where you can see every single hair in their fur. But visually it's okay, and they have gone and gotten big enough names from Hollywood (and for some reason Bryan Adams who voices Jock) to try and pull the film along through the characters' voices, which no doubt would put a lot of South Africans off side who you'd imagine would have preferred their national heroes (well Jock at least) to be voiced by local actors. Archbishop Desmond Tutu does have a few lines as a tribal elder. Donald Sutherland, Ted Danson, Helen Hunt, and Mandy Pantinkin are probably your most well known actors.

Jock the Hero Dog is not a dogs become superheroes, spies or other such nonsense tale. If you're a fan of Jack London's White Fang and books like that, well that's the sort of thing that's brought to the screen here. There is a lot of tension in the air for Jock and his dim-witted out of his depth and comfort zone master, a nerdy fella who believes he's going to find his fortune in gold. Bullies, con artists, and humans (plus a monkey) deal out a fair bit of violence to each other and animals to get what they want.
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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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