DC LEAGUE OF SUPER-PETS (2022)
Flawless animation and hilarious hijinks are the foundation for an adorable DC League of Super-Pets, even as the story leaves a bit more to be desired.
When the Justice League is kidnapped, Superman’s dog Krypto (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) teams with a rag-tag group of animals from a local shelter led by Ace (voiced by Kevin Hart) to help them use their new powers to rescue the superheroes from danger. First and foremost, this is a kids movie directed at kids, so as a 35 year old man, that alters my view a bit. Super-Pets is a lot of fun thanks to a plethora of jokes that are both harmless and sometimes surprisingly edgy. The voice cast is stellar, led by Johnson and Hart, including Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Diego Luna, Keanu Reeves, and the scene-stealing Natasha Lyonne. The latter voices Merton, a turtle who becomes superpowered a la The Flash and is responsible for some of the biggest laughs of the film. Kids are going to go bananas for this.
Adults who are accompanying them are going to groan a bit at an absolutely ridiculous story that sees a hairless hamster (voiced by McKinnon) as the main antagonist. It seems quite small in the grand scheme of DC stories, but it also somehow works for an animated film focused on superpowered pets. The writing, for one, is crisp. Embedded within all of the craziness are themes of loyalty, friendship, finding home, and owning your individuality. Writer/director Jared Stern knows how to deliver the goods in animated films (having written The Lego Batman Movie), and it’s clear that Super-Pets is in good hands from the start. Light, jovial, a visual spectacle… this is a mindless romp filled with physical humor, silly jokes, sly references, and a welcomed escape from more serious fare.
DC League of Super-Pets hits theaters this Friday.
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