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Jock the Hero Dog (2011)

Jock (original title)
PG | | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 2011 (USA)
3-D animated-family adventure that tells the heart-warming, coming-of-age story of a man and his best-friend, a lovable and fearless dog named, Jock.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jock (voice)
Narrator / Sir Percy Fitzpatrick (voice)
Jess (voice)
Pezulu (voice)
Baba (voice) (as Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu)
Basil (voice)
Boatman (voice)
Bongani Nxumalo ...
Jim Makokel (voice)
Fitz (voice)
Makenzie Hart ...
Young Jock (voice)
Jason Kennett ...
Snarly (voice)
Michael De Pinna ...
Claude (voice)
Anthony Bishop ...
George (voice)
Seedling (voice)
Dianne Simpson ...
Lillian Morris (voice)


3-D animated-family adventure that tells the heart-warming, coming-of-age story of a man and his best-friend, a lovable and fearless dog named, Jock.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some menace and peril | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jock of the Bushveld  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally published in 1909, Jock of the Bushveld, has been in print continuously for over 100 years. See more »


Version of Jock of the Bushveld (1986) See more »


Hessian Blues
Performed by Mandy Patinkin
Music by Klaus Badelt, Tommy Coster, Mark Yaeger & Mandy Patinkin
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13 December 2011 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

JOCK (2.4/10) Horrible, amateurish animation makes this a major disappointment. The animation looks like the cut scene animation from an elderly computer game, and any subtlety of lighting or background animation is nearly entirely absent. The motion is often jittery and jerky, and the facial animation of characters can be called basic, to be charitable.

The direction of the voice acting often misfires as well, letting down the pace of the story. The story is aimed to be young audience friendly, but it lacks any real emotional involvement with its characters, and the funny bits are, well, not very funny, so little ones are likely to get antsy. As for adults, it is barely survivable. The lyrics are surprisingly bad, coming as they do from Tim Rice, and the songs are just average at best, seeming like first draft efforts that should have been rejected. Come to think of it, the whole film feels like a rough draft, with the voice actors reading through their lines while looking at unfinished animation.

The life lessons are suspect as well: we are told that Jock has a big heart, but in almost every situation he finds himself in, he survives because of luck, or the actions of another character, not because of his determination or courage.

This has to be one of the biggest letdowns in South African film history, and must have set back the reputation of its film industry globally, which is a grave disservice to the many talented people who do work in the South African film industry. There is no excuse for making a movie this lazy and sloppy other than either arrogance or greed: this level of ineptitude cannot be explained in any other way. Only the ghost of the source material occasionally shining through, and the fact that animals are generally cute saved this from being a 1, but that is no credit to the filmmakers.

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