Judge Kyle Morin is a hero.
Bravery comes in all sizes.
Judge's Note: My week got real busy, real fast. So, like any entrepreneur in the crunch, I outsourced this sucker. My friend's son, a fifth grader from Goffstown, NH, expressed admiration about my reviewing acumen. Impressed by his knack for truth-telling and the quality of his character, I game him a crack at Jock the Hero Dog. Without further adieu, the debut review of Kyle Morin.
Jock the Hero Dog is about a brave dog named Jock, who is small but has a big heart and is very courageous. Jock gets taken away from his mother to go with a new owner named Fritz, a young man hunting for gold in South Africa. Jock needs to be brave, to protect himself against larger animals such as a leopard, a hawk, and an evil baboon named George. George and his owner, Seedling, are mean and sell mining equipment to prospectors like Fritz and Jock. In an important part of the story, Seedling forces George and Jock to fight each other with the winner getting a big pouch of money. Jock convinces George you do not need to be forced to fight, because he is free. At that moment, Jock broke George's chain and George ran away from Seedling.
Presented in standard definition 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, the animation is good, but at some points it looks a little fuzzy. In comparing Jock the Hero Dog to The Adventures of Tintin, Jock rates a 6 and Tintin a 10. It is easy to see the differences because Jock and Snowy are both dogs, but Snowy looks like a real dog where Jock looks computer animated. There just isn't as much detail.
The Dolby 5.1 Surround mix is great for the music. I like its African-style sound, almost like The Lion King. The audio is clear and smooth and there's no abrupt stops. Singer Bryan Adams is the voice of Jock and he belts out a couple of songs. No Robin Hood kind of jingles, but it's still Bryan Adams.
The only special features are a music video by Bryan Adams for "Way-Oh" and the trailer. I really liked the music video because of all the movie clips it uses. Even if I had seen the trailer beforehand, I still would have wanted to see the movie.
Jock the Hero Dog is good for family movie night, even though there are some sad parts, such as when (Spoiler!) Jock's mother dies. I also didn't like the way Seedling and the others in Crooks' Corner bullied Fritz and Jock around. They were very mean. Still, it's a good story kids will like, with a very courageous dog who proves even the "runt" can make a big difference.
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