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Rock Dog (2016)

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When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events.

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Ash Brannon

Writers:

Ash Brannon (screenplay by), Kurt Voelker (screenplay by) | 9 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Wilson ... Bodi (voice)
Eddie Izzard ... Angus Scattergood (voice)
J.K. Simmons ... Khampa (voice)
Lewis Black ... Linnux (voice)
Kenan Thompson ... Riff (voice)
Mae Whitman ... Darma (voice)
Jorge Garcia ... Germur (voice)
Matt Dillon ... Trey (voice)
Sam Elliott ... Fleetwood Yak (voice)
Will Finn ... Floyd / Carl (voice)
Ash Brannon Ash Brannon ... Ian (voice)
Liza Richardson ... Radio DJ (voice)
Julie Craig ... Additional Voices (voice)
Deng Feng Deng Feng ... Additional Voices (voice)
Kellen Goff ... Additional Voices (voice)
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Storyline

Teenage Tibetan Mastiff Bodi (Luke Wilson) is expected to be the next guard of the village of Snow Mountain, succeeding his father Khampa (J. K. Simmons), who years ago drove out a pack of gangster Grey wolves, led by the villainous Linnux (Lewis Black). Khampa has some local sheep disguised as Mastiffs to give the illusion the village has multiple guards to keep the wolves at bay, but Bodi has trouble perfecting his father's signature move the Iron Paw, which projects a powerful blast that can only happen if Bodi "finds the fire." Khampa has forbidden music in the village as it distracted Bodi from his duties when he was younger..

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Taglines:

Chase your dreams. Watch your tail See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

China | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tibetan Rock Dog See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,704,749, 26 February 2017

Gross USA:

$9,420,546

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,157,646
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Meg Ryan were considered for the role of Darma. See more »

Goofs

Angus's best rock guitar is levitating in its case. See more »

Quotes

[From Trailer; Angus Scattergood has been locked out of his mansion and was trying to get back in, only to be electrified by the fence and slams into a sheet of glass before flopping down on the road]
Angus: [lying on his back] I am completely paralyzed except for my mouth.
[moves his arm and index finger]
Angus: I am completely paralyzed except for my mouth... and my finger!
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Crazy Credits

The first half of the closing credits shows important things from the movie in flash, including the actors next to the items. Before the director credit, it shows the David B. Miller memorable credit. See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: A Cure for Wellness (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Feux Follets - Opensound Vintage
Composed by Raffaele Gervasio
Published by Opensound Edizioni Musicali. Sic / Engine Co 30 Music
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Much better then I had thought
3 June 2017 | by SimplySapphicSee all my reviews

I saw the trailer for this, which played along with the trailer for Sing, which I think may have hurt the ratings for this partially. Both cliché movie ideas that BOTH turned out to be well done in the end.

I thought I wouldn't watch either, but did, but I do find I like this movie better than Sing- primarily because of Sing being another American Idol, Got Talent, etc reminiscent flick/show and piggybacking on that old hype. Rock Dog has clichés, but it's certainly more heartfelt and uplifting, you can't help but adore Bodi's cheerful attitude and blissful innocence.

(The last couple end songs were pretty good, too, which is also surprising.)

I give this movie a rating of 8 / 10 because I would have preferred perhaps a few different voice actors better suited and the animation models to have more variety within species- say, the crocodiles. Not that I expect it to be as diverse as the heavily funded Zootopia, which had each shown character/background character in the film with its own character sheet and specialized design/sculpt and even gait; I just wish there had been a bit more variation in some of the designs; it makes sense, I suppose, for the sheep to be over simplified to push the purposeful trope.

I digress. . .

It's a simple storyline that we've seen before with simple character models/sculpts, but it's heartfelt, sometimes comedic, with a bout of passion- it's a truly good feel movie that all ages can enjoy, I recommend it for a rainy day that needs a pep talk.


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