For the Tibetan Mastiffs living on Snow Mountain, a dog’s life has a simple riff; Guard a peaceful village of wool-making sheep from the thuggish wolf Linnux (Lewis Black; Inside Out, The Aristocrats) and his rabid pack. To avoid distractions, Mastiff leader Khampa (J.K Simmons; Whiplash, Spider-Man) forbids all music from the mountain. But when Khampa’s son Bodi (Luke Wilson; Legally Blonde, Charlie’s Angels) discovers a radio dropped by a passing aeroplane, it takes just a few guitar licks for his fate to be sealed: Bodi wants to be a rock’n’roll star. Yet that means defying his father’s wishes, heading to the city and locating the legendary – and reclusive – musician Angus Scattergood (Eddie Izzard; Cars 2, Valkyrie), who needs to write a new song and fast.
If Bodi can put a band together, help Angus with his song, and defeat the wolves’ plot to take Snow Mountain, his life will be in tune. Bodi will become what he’s always dreamed of being: More than a dog…more than a rock god… he’ll be a ROCK DOG!
Rock Dog is an animated feature that was a cross cultural project with both China and America. With a budget of around $40-55 million, it was one of the most expensive Chinese financed animated projects back in 2015.
I went in with minimum expectations for Rock Dog but with every passing scene, I fell more and more in love with what I was seeing. Rock Dog wraps a coming of age story around a plot whose sole motto is to chase your dreams despite people not believing in you. The story grabs you in and with stellar performances from Luke Wilson (Bodi) and Eddie Izzard (Angus Scattergood) you feel directly connected to both characters and their adventure on screen together.
Angus Scattergood is a hilariously British rock star with his trademark attitude and ego and Bodi are the innocent wannabe rock star that will grind through thick and thin to achieve his goal and prove his dad wrong.
Through twists and turns with some hilarious outcomes, Rock Dog is heartwarmingly good fun and really drives home that family fun adventure. With beautiful animation, a rocking soundtrack and a feel good factor cranked up to 11, Rock Dog is a perfect film for all the family and one I’d happily watch over and over again.
ROCK DOG IS RELEASING ON DVD FROM 16TH OCTOBER