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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: A True Tale of Friendship (1994) See more »


Golden Country
Performed by Johnny Clegg
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Johnny Clegg
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A children's animated movie on an African canvas
7 February 2013 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

This is the retelling of a well known South African story in 3D animated format and a change of focus to younger viewers. If one expects this to be a faithful retelling of the classic story of Jock of the Bushveld, then one is likely to be disappointed. Unlike the original story, which has Percy Fitzpatrick as the narrator, this is a fresh take on the story told from the point of view the young dog Jock.

In essence, this is the story of a young dog coming of age whilst his owner is making his own journey of discovery in the wilderness of early South African. It is a journey of discovery and of overcoming some of the hardships of the environment and the characters that inhabited it.

Given that much of the story unfolds against the backdrop of a gold-rush mad, but essentially unspoilt area of South Africa, it is wonderful to see that the feel of the wild game rich savanna and the vibrancy of the early mining towns of that time are so well captured.

The animation is not world class - but it does not need to be. The story is well told and the acting is first class. It is particularly heartening to hear the voices of Ted Danson, Helen Hunt and Donald Sutherland in this format. Brian Adams also did a sterling performance of giving the lead character a voice. A cameo by Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu is also interesting.

This is a movie made to be enjoyed by kids - it achieves this purpose easily.

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