Judge Dawn Hunt runs an after-hours dental clinic called The JAW Patrol.
"No job is too big, no pup is too small!"
PAW Patrol is a newer addition to the Nickelodeon block of programming known as Nick Jr. It fits in well, but it also etches out its own space in the pantheon by taking a different direction in terms of what it attempts to convey.
PAW Patrol is the story of Ryder (Owen Mason) and his platoon of talented pups who band together to save their little oceanside town of Adventure Bay from mishaps big and small. Each of the pups drives their own little form of transportation which corresponds with their special interest. There's Rocky (Stuart Ralston), the recycling pup who drives a green machine. Marshall (Drew Davis) is the firehouse dog and he steers a fire truck. Rubble (Devan Cohen) is the construction pup and he drives a yellow construction digger. Chase (Tristan Samuel) is the police puppy and he steers a police cruiser. Skye (Kallan Holley) takes to the air in her airstream motorhome which transforms into a helicopter. Zuma (Alex Thorne) is the aquatic puppy and he has a hovercraft. Even Ryder gets his own vehicle, a jet ski which also serves as a snowmobile and ATV.
Each episode of PAW Patrol plays out roughly the same way. Either one of the citizens of Adventure Bay or the puppies will bring a problem to Ryder's attention. Once Ryder knows about it he summons all the puppies to The Lookout, their base of operations. When everyone is assembled Ryder doles out the assignments and the gang gets to work.
PAW Patrol contains 10 episodes from the first season…
• "Pups Save the Sea Turtles"
• "Pups and the Very Big Baby"
• "Pups and the Kitty-tastrophe"
• "Pups Save a Train"
• "Pup Pup Boogie"
• "Pups in a Fog"
• "Pup Pup Goose"
• "Pup Pup and Away"
• "Pups Save the Circus"
• "Pup a Doodle Do"
PAW Patrol values teamwork above all else. It isn't concerned with teaching kids about basic skills needed in school such as counting, color recognition, or shape identification. Rather, it concerns itself with demonstrating how to be a member of a team and how to identify and solve problems.
The video is a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and it approaches the boundaries of compression artefacting, however it's just far enough away to be safe. My only real issue with the video is a lack of depth and texture at times. This world seems almost too clean and clear, however those may very well be the things which attract and hold the target audience's attention. The audio is a welcome surprise as we get a Dolby 5.1 track which isn't really tested except during the rambunctious theme song.
There are no special features.
I'm always a fan of shows that aim to teach kids things which will actually be useful in the real world. PAW Patrol fits the bill, as it tries to educate the audience about being a team player as well as approaching problems and solving them through easily adoptable methods. Plus, with so many puppies, there's sure to be one which appeals to your little ones.
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