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Pup Star (2016)

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A Yorkshire Terrier, competing in a televised singing competition, is separated from her owner by an opportunist dog pound worker.

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Robert Vince

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Kirsten Hansen (screenplay), Anna McRoberts (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carla Jimenez ... Ida
Makenzie Moss ... Lou
Susie Wall Susie Wall ... ETV Correspondent
Jonathan Mangum ... Rover (voice)
Kaitlyn Maher ... Tiny (voice)
Nikki Blonsky ... Lady Paw Paw (voice)
Ziggy Marley ... Dog Gnarly (voice)
Matt Weber Matt Weber ... Blake Sheltie (voice)
Steve Valentine ... Simon Growl (voice)
Jesse Filkow ... Boy
Jason Spisak ... Australian Shepherd (voice)
George Newbern ... Bark (voice)
John Ratzenberger ... Mutt (voice)
Maulik Pancholy ... Raj (voice)
Chris Coppola ... Tune (voice)
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Welcome to a world where dogs can not only talk -- they can SING! Tiny, a cute little Yorkie pup with a big voice, gets a chance to audition for the singing competition for dogs, "Pup Star." After she earns a place in the finale, she's suddenly dog-napped! But with the help of her new friend, Charlie, a retired rock-and-roller, she escapes. Together they leave on an incredible journey through some of music's most iconic cities. They meet Big Ears - a soulful Bassett Hound who teaches Tiny to belt out the blues, Murray - a spiritual shaggy dog who helps her find her inner rhythm, and Emily Rose - a country-singing shepherd who helps her learn to sing from her heart. Most important of all, they all encourage Tiny to believe in herself and never give up on her dreams! Filled with all-new songs and the biggest cast of talking and singing canines ever assembled, Pup Star is an incredible family film filled with fun, music and heart.

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They sing. You'll howl.

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Comedy | Family

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wuff Star See more »

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Air Bud Entertainment See more »
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Puppy Love
Music & Lyrics by Randy Petersen
Under License From Air Bud Music
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Fun, Fantastic, Family-Friendly Film With Talking And Singing Dogs
14 September 2016 | by rannynmSee all my reviews

Pup Star is a fun, fantastic, family-friendly film! It really is an amazing and inspiring movie with talking and singing dogs. I found myself cheering for the super talented Tiny and booing the bad guys, or should I say bad dogs!

The story is about Tiny, an adorable Yorkie pup who dreams of becoming the next Pup Star, which is a spin off of the popular TV singing competition reality shows. The celebrity judges include Dog Gnarly, Blake Sheltie, Lady Paw Paw and of course, Simone Growl.

Along Tiny's journey, she is dog napped, meets colorful companions and becomes a more inspired singer with the help of Charlie, who is on his own journey. Tiny is encouraged by everyone she meets to keep going and not give up on her dreams. My favorite part is when Tiny sings. Kaitlyn Maher's voice over and singing of Tiny is outstanding and all 13 original songs are so strong melodically that I found myself humming along to the song Blue Skies after watching it. Additionally, the various voice over and singing talents for all the other dogs are equally impressive.

The message of this film is never give up and follow your dreams. Tiny faces many challenges and tries her hardest to persevere and reconnect with her loving family.

The talking and singing dogs are created with amazing special effects. Their mouths move in perfect harmony with the words and lyrics. Also, I love the rich and emotional music composed by Brahm Wenger which draws you in from the get go. I recently had the privilege to interview the writer and producer of Pup Star, Anna McRoberts and she mentioned that this is the biggest cast of talking and singing dogs ever in one movie - 31 total. Bow Wow!!!

Out of all the Air Bud Entertainment movies, this is my favorite. We can all relate to following our dreams no matter what they are and cheering for the underdog. I recommend this film to kids age 5 to 18 as well as anyone who loves dogs – kids and adults alike. With so many wonderful things to love about this family friendly film movie, I give it 5 out of 5 pup stars! I want to share one more thing: throughout this entire film, I actually forgot that dogs don't really talk… or do they?

Reviewed by Abigail Zoe L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.


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