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Jock the Hero Dog (2011)
"Jock" (original title)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  2011 (USA)
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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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Jock (voice)
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Narrator / Sir Percy Fitzpatrick (voice)
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Jess (voice)
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Pezulu (voice)
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Baba (voice) (as Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu)
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Basil (voice)
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Boatman (voice)
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Jim Makokel (voice)
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Fitz (voice)
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Young Jock (voice)
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Snarly (voice)
Michael De Pinna ...
Claude (voice)
Anthony Bishop ...
George (voice)
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Seedling (voice)
Dianne Simpson ...
Lillian Morris (voice)
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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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Rated PG for some menace and peril | See all certifications »

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Jock of the Bushveld  »

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The character of Jock, his antics, and the life lessons of the book are so famous and widely-known in South Africa, that statues are routinely erected in his honor and the first private lodge in Africa's wildlife reserve - Kruger National Park - bears his name. See more »

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Performed by Craig Hinds and Nianell
Lyrics by Tim Rice
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Horrible!!!!!!!
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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