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PAW Patrol: The Movie (2020 Director's Cut)
Information
Director

Cal Brunker

Producer

Jennifer Dodge

Writer

Sam Raimi
Billy Frolick
Cal Brunker
Bob Barlen

Composer

Heitor Pereira
John Debney
Danny Elfman
James Horner
Harry Gregson-Williams
Michael Giacchino

Starring

Iain Armitage
Marsai Martin
Lilly Bartlam
Ron Pardo
Yara Shahidi
Kim Kardashian West
Randall Park
Dax Shepard
Gabrielle Union
Chris Pratt
Shayle Simons
Kingsley Marshall
Callum Shoniker
Keegan Hedley
Berkley Silverman
Mateo Carnovale
Tyler Perry
Maya Rudolph
Jimmy Kimmel
Will Brisbin

Studio

Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
Columbia Pictures
Sony Pictures Animation

Distributor

Paramount+

Released

November 3, 2021

Running time

172 minutes

Budget

$52 million

Ryder: "I didn't adopt you because I felt sorry for you. I chose you because you were the bravest pup I'd ever seen. I know Adventure City has been tough for you, but I also know that deep down you were born to be a hero!"
Apollo: "And you are capable of amazing things, because you are special. And so am I. And so is everyone. It's about all of us. Right now, it's about you. And you still can change everything."
Ryder: "So, what do you say? Wanna go to work?"
Chase: "PAW Patrol ready for action, Ryder sir."
~ Ryder and Apollo to Chase

Cal Brunker's PAW Patrol: The Movie, referred to as PAW Patrol: The Movie - The Director's Cut, is a 2021 Canadian computer-animated adventure comedy film developed by WindowsMyers2018 among several fanfic writers, and directed by Cal Brunker, from a screenplay by Sam Raimi, Billy Frolick, Brunker and Bob Barlen with a story by Frolick. Serving as a director's cut of PAW Patrol: The Movie, it is based on the children's television series PAW Patrol created by Keith Chapman and produced by Spin Master. Like the theatrical release, the film follows the PAW Patrol—Ryder (Will Brisbin), Chase (Iain Armitage), Marshall (Kingsley Marshall), Rubble (Keegan Hedley), Rocky (Callum Shoniker), Zuma (Shayle Simons), Skye (Lilly Bartlam), Everest (Berkley Silverman), Tracker (Mateo Carnovale), and Liberty (Marsai Martin)—as they save Adventure City from the evil Mayor Humdinger (Ron Pardo), his nephew Harold (Chance Hurstfield), the Duke of Flappington (Ashton Frank), and Claw (Kit Rakusen).

Several cast members from the original series reprised their roles, including Marshall, Hedley, Shoniker, Simons, Bartlam, Silverman, Carnovale, and Pardo. New voice actors include Armitage, Martin, Yara Shahidi, Kim Kardashian West, Randall Park, Dax Shepard, Gabrielle Union, Chris Pratt, Tyler Perry, Maya Rudolph, with Jimmy Kimmel, and Brisbin in his first acting role. It is the first of several planned films produced under the Spin Master Entertainment banner and the first film adaptation of the PAW Patrol series. The visual effects and performance capture were done at Sony Pictures Imageworks and Guru Studio, with the score composed by Danny Elfman, Heitor Pereira, John Debney, Harry Gregson-Williams, Michael Giacchino, and James Horner. Unlike the theatrical release of PAW Patrol: The Movie rated G by the MPAA, the director's cut was re-rated PG due to some violence and mild crude humor, but retains as a family-friendly film.

Distributed by Paramount Pictures, and produced by Nickelodeon Movies, Columbia Pictures, and Spin Master Entertainment, Cal Brunker's PAW Patrol: The Movie was released on Paramount+ in the United States on November 3, 2021. The film was regarded to be greatly superior to the theatrical version, with praise for Brunker's direction, the visual style, action sequences, musical score, increased emotional depth, and improved characterization, although the length and focus on the franchise's merchandising arm were criticized. The film received numerous awards and nominations, including a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the 94th Academy Awards. Two sequels and a spin-off series are currently in development, with Brunker returning to write and direct.

Synopsis

When the Paw Patrol's biggest rival, Mayor Humdinger, becomes Mayor of nearby Adventure City and starts wreaking havoc, Ryder and everyone's favorite heroic pups kick into high gear to face the challenge head on. While Chase must face his past in Adventure City, the team finds help from a new ally, the savvy dachshund Liberty. Together, armed with exciting new gadgets and gear, the PAW Patrol and their closest allies fight to save the citizens of Adventure City and stop Huminger, his nephew Harold, the Duke of Flappington, Claw, Sparks, and the Cheetah from destroying the bustling metropolis. No city is too big, no pup is too small. They are on a roll.
~ WindowsMyers2018

Plot

Narrative acts
1. PAW Patrol on a Roll
2. With Liberty and Justice For All
3. Beloved Mother, Beloved Son
4. The City's Legion of Foggy Bottom
5. Be Brave, Little Pup
6. Catastrophic Emergency
Epilogue: Ready for Action

In 2013, the PAW Patrol's arch-rival Mayor Humdinger plots to be inaugurated as mayor of Adventure City by cheating. Meanwhile, in Adventure Bay, a truck driver named Gus crashes and hangs over the town's suspension bridge. Cap'n Turbot comes across the scene and calls Ryder, who sends the PAW Patrol pups into action. Chase, the police pup, saves the truck driver. Ryder, Marshall, Rubble, Chase, Rocky, Zuma, Skye, Everest and Tracker grow into teenagers and continue to defend Adventure Bay and Barkingburg.

Eight years later, Humdinger had recently been elected mayor for Adventure City (although it was later revealed he was the only candidate on the ballot). Knowing of Humdinger's infamous wrongdoings in Foggy Bottom, a dachshund named Liberty calls the team. Chase says he refuses to go due to him having a "history" in the city when he was young, but Ryder, Artie and Apollo convince him to go back, while Chase reluctantly gives him Ryder's trust. The team arrives and gets settled into their new headquarters, while Katie temporally leads Cali, Robo-Dog, Tuck, Ella, Rex, and Wild Cat in Adventure Bay. Meanwhile, Humdinger uses a device called a Cloud Catcher to clear up the weather so he can do his firework show. The show goes haywire and the team is alerted. They rush straight into a traffic jam set up by The Cheetah and Harold Humdinger, but Liberty arrives and guides them to the City Hall. They manage to take care of the situation, but Chase fails to save some people, who are then rescued by Marshall instead. An infuriated Humdinger tells his henchmen Butch and Ruben to get rid of the PAW Patrol by any means necessary.

At Barkingburg, the Duke of Flappington, who is in custody after his defeat in his series of invasions on Barkingburg,[1] reveals to the Princess of Barkingburg and Sweetie that he ordered Mayor Humdinger to steal the Gem of Barkingburg to overheat the Cloud Catcher. The next day, Humdinger builds an extension to the subway line with several inversions similar to a roller coaster. It breaks and traps Artie, Apollo and the passengers upside-down. The pups rescue them after Claw and the Eagle Jet—who is the Duke of Flappington in disguise and escaped at Humdinger's timing—destroy part of the subway line with Claw's pet dragon, Sparks, and an egg bomb. Chase freezes when his fear gets the best of him, and is forced to be rescued by Skye. Ryder suggests Chase should take a break from his duties, but this greatly upsets him and causes him to run away after accusing Ryder of breaking his trust and giving up on him when things get difficult, but he soon gets captured by Humdinger's henchmen, and is taken to an obedience school-turned-dog pound. Two weeks after a search party is formed to find Chase, the team discovers that numerous dogs have gone missing, and Ryder links them to Humdinger. Liberty gets captured on purpose and is taken to the dog jail where she meets snooty valley girl poodle Delores and rescues Chase and the other dogs who then chase Ruben and Butch.

Ryder, Delores, Artie and Apollo take Chase to where Ryder found him and tell him why he chose him was because he was the bravest dog that he met. Ryder also explains how he trusted his late parents to help Marshall, Zuma, Skye, and Rocky accomplish successfully, which originated the PAW Patrol. Chase's collar is returned to him, and he declares that he will resume his duties. Chase later gains a new black police uniform. Meanwhile, the Cloud Catcher has gone critical, and the creator, Kendra Wilson, confronts Humdinger. He destroys the remote and reveals his building called Humdinger Heights. The machine unleashes a week worth of bad weather. Kendra calls the team and Liberty is given her own vehicle and uniform, temporarily joining the team. The team drives to Humdinger Heights and forcing them to improvise. Chase managed to save the civilians, Apollo, Artie, Marshall, Rubble, Everest, Tracker, and Rocky worked to keep the civilians inside the building, Zuma and Liberty goes to the canals to save a family, and Skye flies to the air to stop the Cloud Catcher.

Ryder takes the elevator to the top office and saves Humdinger by forcing him on an elevator and dropping him faster to the ground floor. He resorts to rappelling down the elevator shaft, but the storm destroys the tower, and he is trapped in the building when it falls down. Chase drives up to save him and sees Ryder's light from the other side of the building. About to run to the other side, his pup pack malfunctions, and he barked for it to be removed. Feeling like he can be brave, Chase takes a leap of faith and get to the other side, Chase sees Ryder pinned under the debris and works with him to get him free. After that, they share a moment and later leave the building, while Skye destroys the Cloud Catcher in a kamikaze style attack, ejecting from her plane before it crashes and flying back down to the city.

After this the skies are clear again and sunny, Ryder and Chase gets out of the building and the pups are relieved to see them safe. Ryder is proud of his team, and the citizens emerged from the building congratulating for a job well done, but Mayor Humdinger tried to escape. Chase puts him under arrest for the trouble he has caused to the city ("gross negligence, public endangerment, and dognapping"). Humdinger said that the pups will never arrest him because he is the mayor. He tries to run away as fast as possible, but Skye uses her mini drone to stop him. Mayor Humdinger is angry at the PAW Patrol, having humiliated him five times in one day.

The team is given the key to Adventure City in a major ceremony. Liberty becomes an official member, finally fulfilling her aspirations of doing so, and is given her own collar and pup tag. Ryder begins to make a speech, but he is interrupted by a call from Harris, one of the dogs from the dog jail, saying there is trouble at the waterfront, leading the team to drive to the rescue.

After saving passengers of a boat at the waterfront, Ryder receives a visit from Katie, promising to be in contact to prepare for Humdinger's return.[2] Humdinger and the Catastrophe Crew are shown to have been apprehended and detained for their crimes throughout the film, but a scientist breaks them out with an explosive device.[3] She shows Humdinger her interest of an incoming meteor and its superpowers they would use to defeat the PAW Patrol, with Humdinger accepting their deal.

Characters (in order of appearance)

Voice cast

  • Iain Armitage as Chase
    A 15-year-old German Shepherd who serves as a police and spy dog, the adoptive son of Artie and Apollo, the adoptive grandson of Esadowa, and the film's main protagonist. Chase is also the boyfriend of Skye. Myers described Chase showing more of his emotional side, while redeeming himself from hurting the feelings of one of his friends (that being Zuma and Ryder). Justin Paul Kelly, Max Calinescu, and Tristan Samuel voice young Chase in flashbacks. Robert Downey Jr. has a vocal cameo as adult Chase.
  • Marsai Martin as Liberty
    A long-haired dachshund who grew up and lives in Adventure City and becomes the newest member of the PAW Patrol. She considers the team her heroes and works hard to keep the city clean. She is outspoken and often snarks at other people. Tymika Tafari voices young Liberty in flashbacks.
  • Lilly Bartlam as Skye
    A 15-year-old cockapoo who serves as an aviator dog. Kallan Holley voices young Skye, and Olivia Olson has a vocal cameo as adult Skye.
  • Ron Pardo as Mayor Humdinger
    The former mayor of Foggy Bottom and Mayor of nearby Adventure City, who is the film's main antagonist. He is the arch-rival of Mayor Goodway and will do anything to be "on top". But underneath, the mayor can be humble and kind.
    • Pardo also voices Cap'n Turbot, the PAW Patrol's most frequent caller; Farmer Al, the farmer of Moo Juice Dairy Farm; Edward Hudson, the train engineer of Adventure Bay; and Spud, the official representative of the Book of Unique and Extraordinary Vegetables.
  • Yara Shahidi as Kendra Wilson
    A female scientist who is the one to create the pups' new gear and gadgets, as well as the Cloud Catcher.
  • Kim Kardashian West as Delores
    A poodle who works at an animal shelter. Myers stated that Delores was an important heart to Chase's backstory, following an audience review that criticized West's minor role in the theatrical release.
  • Randall Park as Butch
    One of Mayor Humdinger's security guards who attempted to keep the pups out of Adventure City. He is a harsh security guard where Mayor Humdinger tells him and Ruben to get rid of the dogs especially the PAW Patrol pups. At the mayor's request, Butch does not let any dogs into the mayor's press conference, but cats are allowed.
  • Dax Shepard as Ruben
    One of Mayor Humdinger's security guards who attempted to keep the pups out of Adventure City. Along with Butch, he got requested by Mayor Humdinger to get rid of the dogs and bring them to the obedience school.
  • Gabrielle Union as Artie
    A young adult Rottweiler who is Chase's adoptive mother.
  • Chris Pratt as Apollo
    A young adult German Shepherd and Chase's adoptive father.
  • Shayle Simons as Zuma
    A 13-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever who serves as an aquatic rescue pup. According to Myers, Zuma learns the communications of sea creatures, and understands the real purpose of saving their habitats. Jordan Mazeral, Alex Thorne, and Carter Thorne voice young Zuma in flashbacks, and Will Smith vocal cameos as adult Zuma.
  • Kingsley Marshall as Marshall
    A 14-year-old clumsy but competent Dalmatian who is a firefighting and paramedic dog. He is also the love interest of Everest. Christian Corrao, Lukas Engel, and Drew Davis voice young Marshall, and Gage Munroe vocal cameos as the adult version of Marshall, reprising his role from the show's first season.
  • Callum Shoniker as Rocky
    A 14-year-old grey-and-white mongrel who serves as a recycling dog. Stuart Ralston, Samuel Faraci, and Jackson Reid voice young Rocky, and Thomas Middleditch vocal cameos as adult Rocky.
  • Keegan Hedley as Rubble
    A 13-year-old bulldog who is the PAW Patrol's construction dog. Devan Cohen and Lucien Duncan-Reid voice young Rubble in flashbacks, and Bobby Moynihan vocal cameos as adult Rubble.
  • Berkley Silverman as Everest
    A 16-year-old Siberian Husky who is a snow rescue dog in emergencies relating to snow or ice. Her vehicle is a snowmobile.
  • Mateo Carnovale as Tracker
    A 12-year-old brown-and-white Chihuahua who serves as a jungle rescue pup. His vehicle is a Jeep.
  • Tyler Perry as Gus
    A truck driver in Adventure Bay who is rescued by Chase.
    • Perry also voices Madea in a calico cat form; this was almost prevented by a copyright conflict between Lionsgate and Paramount Pictures.
  • Maya Rudolph as Mayor Goodway
    The mayor of Adventure Bay, and owner of Chickaletta. Rudolph replaced Kim Roberts from the series.
  • Jimmy Kimmel as Marty Muckraker
    The newscaster of the Adventure City News Network.
  • Will Brisbin as Ryder
    A 18-year-old human who leads the PAW Patrol, and is the film's deuteragonist. Owen Mason, Elijah Hammill, Jason Mercey, Joey Nijam, Beckett Hipkiss, and Kai Harris voice young Ryder in flashbacks, and Adam Levine has a vocal cameo as adult Ryder.
  • Chance Hurstfield as Harold Humdinger
    Mayor Humdinger's nephew.
  • Anya Cooke as Sweetie
    A white dog who is the pet of the Princess of Barkingburg. Emily Blunt vocal cameos as adult Sweetie.
  • Caoimhe Judd as the Princess of Barkingburg
    The 18-year-old owner of Sweetie. Lilly James vocal cameos as the Queen of Barkingburg.
  • Ashton Frank as the Duke of Flappington / Eagle Jet
    The Princess of Barkingburg's older cousin, as well as his alter-ego, the Eagle Jet. Throughout the film, the Eagle Jet hovers on an eagle glider.
  • Kit Rakusen as Claw
    A Doberman Pinscher dog.
  • Eamon Hanson as Tuck
    A Golden Retriever who is one of the Mighty Twins. He has a twin sister named Ella.
  • Isabella Leo as Ella
    A Golden Retriever who has a twin brother named Tuck. Just like Tuck, she is one of the Mighty Twins.
  • Beckett Hipkiss as Wild Cat
    The first feline member of the PAW Patrol. His vehicle is a motorcycle with retractable claws in its wheels. He is graceful and smooth but has a fear of mice. Hipkiss replaced Tristan Mammitzch from the show's seventh season.
  • Katherine Forrester as Katie
    A tomboyish girl who works at the Adventure Bay pet parlor. Alessia Cara vocal cameos as adult Katie.
  • Blair Williams as Mr. Porter
    A restaurant owner in Adventure Bay.
  • Stephany Seki as Farmer Yumi
    The wife of Farmer Al.
  • Peter Cugno as Francois Turbot
    Cap'n Turbot's cousin and research partner.
  • Wyatt White as Alex Porter
    Mr. Porter's 14-year-old grandson.
  • Scott McCord as Jake
    A snowboarder who operates the snowboarding resort.
    • McCord also voices Cletus, a drawbridge worker.
  • Jaiden Cannatelli as Carlos
    Ryder's 18-year-old pen pal from the jungle, and Tracker's caretaker.
  • Jonathan Malen as Daring Danny X
    A 18-year-old boy motivated to become a daredevil.
  • Charles Vandervaart as Sid Swashbuckle
    The captain of the Swashbuckle Sloop.
  • Meesha Contreras as Arrby
    Sid Swashbuckle the Pirate's pet Dachshund.
  • Luxton Handspiker as Rex
    A Bernese Mountain Dog who serves as an expert on dinosaurs. His signature colors are azure and chartreuse. He is a paraplegic and uses a wheeled walker to get around. His vehicle is the azure and chartreuse Dino Patroller that has a ramp that allows him to enter and exit the PAW Patrol base.
  • Madison Abbott, Julian Crispo and Osias Reid as Gasket, Hubcap and Dwayne
    The Ruff-Ruff Pack. Gasket is a Siberian husky; Hubcap is a French Bulldog; and Dwayne is a Great Dane.

Several actors reprising their voice roles from PAW Patrol include Joris Jarsky as the Mailman, Joseph Motiki as Otis Goodway and The Whoosh, Rosemary Dunsmore as Ms. Marjorie, Dan Chameroy as Mr. Wingnut, Addison Holley as the Cheetah, Julie Lemieux as Tilly Turbot and Cali, Shoshana Sperling as Mrs. Wingnut and Winnie Winnington, Arnold Pinnock as the Flight Controller, Adrian Truss as the Earl of Barkingburg, Anthony Sardinha as Traveling Travis, Marisa McIntrye as Dr. Tammy Turbot, Lyon Smith as Luke Stars, Sage Arrindell as Julia Goodway, Quancetia Hamilton as The Great Wendini, Justice James as Julius Goodway, Jayne Eastwood as Helga Humdinger, Juan Chioran as Raimundo, Megan Fahlenbock as Ace Sorensen, Bryn McAuley as Ladybird, and Ava Ro as Taylor Turbot. Jamillah Ross voices Dierdre, replacing Quancetia Hamilton; Katie Couric voices Hailey Daily, replacing Margarita Valderrama; and director Cal Brunker and writer Bob Barlen cameo as the Glasses Dude and the Butler of Barkingburg, respectively. Several drivers and other racing-related personalities from NASCAR have cameos, including Mike Joy as Ron Rapidfire, Ryan Newman as Willy Widewheels Jr., Ryan Blaney as Lionel Lightspeed, and Hailie Deegan as Riff Rockenbock. Jim Gaffigan reprises his role as a fictionalized bulldog version of himself from a 30-second PAW Patrol animated short promoting The Jim Gaffigan Show, and Taraji P. Henson voices Victoria Vance during the film's epilogue.

Also appearing in the film are Shohreh Aghdashloo as Esadowa, Monique Alvarez as Carmen, Neil Crone as Tony, Joshua Graham as the voice of the Lookout's computer, Josh Robert Thompson as the fireworks technician, Paul Braunstein as a tough guy confronted by Liberty, Seth Rogen as City Hall Officer Aaron, and Martin Short as Conductor Hayter. Cameos in the dog jail include Ryan Reynolds as Dingo, Joe Pingue as Barney, Charlie Gallant as Harris, Richard Binsley as Rocket, Kevin Michael Richardson as Bruce, Nat Faxon as Buddy, Jeff Goldblum as Guillermo, Tobey Maguire as Al, and Alec Baldwin as Garry. Kathleen Barr, Sarah Gadon, Samuel Vincent, Trevor Devall, Maurice LaMaurche, Rob Tinkler, Haley Tju, Raoul Bhaneja, Jamiyka Jones, Ian James Corlett, Rosa Laborde, Saara Chaudry, Ron Rubin, Eric Bauza, Vincent Tong, Tara Strong, Nathan Fillion, and Teresa Gallagher voice miscellaneous Adventure City citizens.[4] Sparks, Chickaletta, Wally and Kitten Catastrophe Crew appear in non-speaking cameos. Chickaletta originally played a role of warning Ryder about Mayor Humdinger's return, but was replaced with Katie. Elisha Cuthbert was cast as Chickaletta before the character's lines were cut from the film; the filmmakers have said that Chickaletta will speak in later films.

Production

Production was done via telecommuting during the former COVID-19 pandemic.

Myers has stated that the film would explore Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, and Zuma defending Adventure City as adolescents. On March 2022, Myers described Cal Brunker's PAW Patrol: The Movie as "the animated variant of Zack Snyder's Justice League".

On March 2021, an official poster was released to promote the film's exclusive teaser during the 2021 Kids' Choice Awards, as well as a marathon of the series' episodes and specials, Jet to the Rescue, Ready Race Rescue, and Mighty Pups.

Differences from the final cut

While the plot from the 2021 final cut remains the same, numerous scenes are included to expand upon the characters, backstories, plot-holes, mythos, and worldbuilding elements.

  • The animation style was the same as the original series, although the animation design for Adventure City and its residents remain the same as the movie's theatrical release.
  • There are several alternate takes and dialogues unlike the theatrical version.
    • For example, Skye's line "Mini-drone!" was redubbed as "Deploy wedgie drone!", as first heard in the theatrical cut's official trailer.[5]
  • Throughout the movie, despite the fact that Cap'n Turbot and Francois were portrayed as actual characters in the film, they have broken in and interrupted throughout the film due to Francois wanting to ask Cap'n Turbot about certain scenes, which is inspired by Bert and Ernie's scenes in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland.
  • The baby sea turtle that was almost ran over by Gus was replaced with Star.
  • Alex Porter is added next to Mr. Porter along with Cali among the Adventure Bay citizens witnessing Chase saving Gus.
  • There are numerous "breaking the fourth wall" jokes within the film, supplied by LionGuardFan01:
    • Marshall and the pups are playing and as usual, Marshall ends up tripping over something and Chase faces the camera says to the viewers, "Don't try this at home, kids!"
    • Chase and Skye are in the yard, when Chase suddenly kisses her and Rubble, while facing the camera, goes, "We should probably give them some privacy."
    • Marshall and Everest are with Ryder. Marshall gives Everest some kibble and Ryder goes, "Jeez, Marshall! How many girls are you getting!?", which makes the pups laugh.
    • Chase and Skye are taking a peaceful stroll, and they hear a weird noise. Skye then faces the camera and says, "Uh, I think the lion isn't sleeping tonight."
  • There are extended action scenes, some of which feature slow-motion visuals.
  • Chase films a video diary about his life with the PAW Patrol. According to WindowsMyers2018, this sequence is to show Chase's playful side than being summoned for serious missions, which is an inspired crossover of Elmo's introduction in Elmo in Grouchland, as well as A Film by Peter Parker, which was recorded by Peter Parker during his trip to Berlin in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Additionally, when Chase blocks the pup-pad's lens with his paw, it is referred to Elmo doing the same with his hand, during the "Home Videos" segment of Elmo's World.
  • The film takes place after the events of Season 8 and Jet to the Rescue.
  • Harold Humdinger attends his uncle's inauguration.
  • Liberty calls Ryder's PAW Patrol through a pup-pad once used by a past PAW Patrol.
  • Tracker is revealed to be a stray dog abandoned to the jungle, and was raised by Matea.
  • Wild Cat is the grandson of Madea. Their relationship expands as Madea is an elderly tough fighter, while Wild Cat prefers to perform stunts on his motorbike.
  • Because the old PAW Patroller was swiped by the Cheetah in the Season 8 episode "Pups Stop the Cheetah", it was replaced with the new modified PAW Patroller.
  • Although Sid Swashbuckle and Arrby are the main antagonists of the Sea Patrol sub-series, they reside in Adventure City, owning Sid Swashbuckle's pirate ship as the city's hotel.
  • Tracker and Everest join the pups to Adventure City for its missions and rescues.
  • Harold Humdinger and The Cheetah as ordered by Mayor Humdinger to stop Ryder's PAW Patrol during the fireworks mayhem.
  • Chase has a nightmare of his fears of Adventure City, while also hearing the voices of his himself, Ryder, Katie, and the other pups as young adults. According to Cal Brunker, it made it past the storyboard stage, but was cut due to the audience understanding his fears well enough.
  • Liberty is a former resident of Foggy Bottom. Before fleeing to Adventure City, she had a habit of being too curious, and would get into mishaps with Mayor Humdinger. It began Humdinger's hatred towards dogs, most notably of Liberty. She would escape Foggy Bottom purposely in a cage that's on a cruiser boat to not bother Humdinger due to her knowing his wrongdoings. That boat takes her to Adventure City, where she befriends the waitress, Carmen. Following the PAW Patrol's first successful rescue in "Pups Make a Splash", Liberty reads this in a newspaper, and becomes a fan of the team after more missions for the pups are published.
    • Also, in the same scene, Mayor Humdinger had his hatred to dogs after a PAW Patrol from the past wasn't able to save his wife due to her inhaling smoke from a house fire.
  • Everest learns about her past, with Gasket consulting that their parents encouraged them to follow their hearts, shortly before their owner's death from frostbite. Everest continued to live in an igloo, with Gasket losing her sister's footprints. Gasket was eventually found by Jake, who became her caretaker. Later, after Jake leaves his cabin to visit Antarctica, retroactively leading to the events of "The New Pup", Gasket befriends by Hubcap and Dwayne to cause trouble, thus the trio became the Ruff-Ruff Pack.
  • Dierdre is the camerawoman for the Adventure City News Network.
  • Mr. Hudson is the engineer of Adventure City's express train.
  • Sparks, Claw, and the Duke of Flappington attempt to prevail Ryder's PAW Patrol from saving the train's passengers. The three villains are defeated and returned to the Princess of Barkingburg and Sweetie for their actions.
  • Delores is the pet of Carmen, thus making her Delores' caretaker.
  • Harris wears a vest and mentions that he has a kid that needs him, implying that he's a therapy dog.
  • Alongside Ryder, Delores, Apollo and Artie tell Chase why he chose him as the PAW Patrol's bravest pup. It further reveals that Delores learned the same lesson from Carmen during her puppy years.
  • Gasket is revealed to be Everest's eldest sister; Hubcap is related to Rubble's family; and Dwayne is an acquaintance of Chase.
  • During the third mission:
    • Delores is saved by Everest and Tracker, and returned to Carmen in Humdinger Heights.
    • Zuma defends a school of tropical fish, and saves Sid Swashbuckle and Arrby from sinking before saving the car.
  • Mr. Porter, Alex, Farmer Al, Farmer Yumi, Katie, Jake, Carlos, Danny, Julius, Julia, Mr. and Mrs. Wingnut, Ms. Marjorie, the flight controller, Toodles, Mr. Hudson, and Uncle Otis attend the major ceremony of the team given Adventure City's key.

Casting

On October 2020, it was announced that Jim Gaffigan would voice himself. A few weeks later, Maya Rudolph was cast to voice Mayor Goodway, replacing Kim Roberts from the television series. The next month, Katie Couric, Lily James, Sandra Lee, Raoul Bhaneja and Jamiyka Jones joined the cast.

On December 2020, Matthew Mucci was announced to voice Wild Cat, replacing Tristan Mammitzich, respectively. Conversely, Meesha Contreras would replace Mammitzich as Wild Cat, before Beckett Hipkiss, the voice of Ryder in the series' eighth season, was circled for the role.

In the beginning of 2021, Young Sheldon star Iain Armitage was cast as Chase, replacing his series' actor, Justin Paul Kelly. Robert Downey Jr., Olivia Olson, Thomas Middleditch, Bobby Moynihan, and Will Smith were set to voice the pups as adults for cameos, while Gage Munroe signed on to voice the adult version of Marshall; Munroe previously starred as the character in the show's first season. Rosa Laborde and Saara Chaudry were cast in undisclosed roles. Callum Shoniker was cast as Rocky, replacing Jackson Reid, respectively. On Shoniker's role, WindowsMyers2018 compared Rocky to Miamba the caracal kitten in The Lion King: Revisited, one of his few Disney projects to feature Shoniker.[6]

Two months ahead of the theatrical cut's release, Will Brisbin, who was originally replacing Beckett Hipkiss as Ryder, was cast as Apollo the Super-Pup. Shortly after, this was reverted, leaving Brisbin voicing Ryder and Owen Mason replacing him as Apollo. However, on August 2021, Mason was announced to voice Ryder in flashbacks to allow Lyon Smith reprising the role of Apollo.

Originally, Sharon Miller was to cameo as Queen Elizabeth II, but was deleted after Thomas and the Royal Engine (in which Miller voiced the Queen since then) became controversial for its Prince Harry sequence. Ice-T cameoed as himself, and Sandra Lee voiced Skye's vet.

Animation

Unlike the final cut, the original workprint uses the animation style from the television series.

Music

Danny Elfman was announced to write the film's opening themes. John Debney and Heitor Pereira were later hired to compose the leading score. WindowsMyers2018 claimed that the most memorable pieces from the film were created by several composers, including elements of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002-2007) and Avengers: Age of Ultron, both of which were composed by Danny Elfman; and the themes of Jumanji, Titanic, and The Amazing Spider-Man composed by the late James Horner.

The film featured a movie version of the original "PAW Patrol" theme song, as well as its "Jet to the Rescue", "Ready Race Rescue", and "Mighty Pups" variants. Returning songs from the series included "Pup Pup Boogie", "The Mer-Pup Song", "Chickaletta Polka", "Pup Like Me", "You Can Call on Me", and "Pirate Pups On Sea Patrol", with "The Best of Friends" serving as the climax's musical number.

On March 2021, "Good Mood" was confirmed to be the film's closing song.[7]

On June 2021, Myers attached "The Final Countdown" by Europe to the soundtrack. He further hinted that Elton John's "I Want Love" was potentially Chase and Skye's romantic theme. On July, the song was dropped, and was replaced with "Hero" by Nickelback.

Track listing

# Title Performer(s) Length
1 PAW Patrol Theme Song (Film Version) Scott Simons
Danny Elfman
TBA
2 Ready For Action Danny Elfman
Heitor Pereira
John Debney
Harry Gregson-Williams
Michael Giacchino
James Horner
TBA
3 Pup Pup Boogie Scott Simons TBA
4 Mayor Humdinger's Big Plan / Chase and Gus Danny Elfman
Heitor Pereira
John Debney
Harry Gregson-Williams
Michael Giacchino
James Horner
TBA
5 Inauguration of Mayor Humdinger / Liberty Calls the Team Danny Elfman
Heitor Pereira
John Debney
Harry Gregson-Williams
Michael Giacchino
James Horner
TBA
6 Adventure City's Lookout Headquarters Danny Elfman
Heitor Pereira
John Debney
Harry Gregson-Williams
Michael Giacchino
James Horner
TBA
7 Firework Disaster / Lock the PAW Patrol Away Danny Elfman
Heitor Pereira
John Debney
Harry Gregson-Williams
Michael Giacchino
James Horner
TBA
8 The Humdinger Hyper Loop Danny Elfman
Heitor Pereira
John Debney
Harry Gregson-Williams
Michael Giacchino
James Horner
TBA
9 Chase Runs Away Danny Elfman
Heitor Pereira
John Debney
Harry Gregson-Williams
Michael Giacchino
James Horner
TBA
10 The Mysterious Calico Cat Danny Elfman
Heitor Pereira
John Debney
Harry Gregson-Williams
Michael Giacchino
James Horner
TBA
11 "I Chose You, Because You Were The Bravest Pup I'd Ever Seen" Danny Elfman
Heitor Pereira
John Debney
Harry Gregson-Williams
Michael Giacchino
James Horner
TBA
12 Battle of Adventure City Danny Elfman
Heitor Pereira
John Debney
Harry Gregson-Williams
Michael Giacchino
James Horner
TBA
13 The Ceremony Finale Danny Elfman
Heitor Pereira
John Debney
Harry Gregson-Williams
Michael Giacchino
James Horner
TBA
14 Good Mood Adam Levine 3:30
15 The Use In Trying Alessia Cara 3:13
16 The Final Countdown Europe 5:10
17 Somebody Sometimes FITZ 2:35
18 That's My Girl Fifth Harmony 3:25
19 Hero Nickelback 2:50
20 PAW Patrol Theme Song (Reimagined) The Math Club 1:45

Reception

Critical response

The vocal performances of (L:R) Iain Armitage, Marsai Martin, and Kim Kardashian West garnered critical praise, with many highlighting their increased plot points and improved characterizations in the film.

Cal Brunker's PAW Patrol: The Movie received critical acclaim, with the series' fans calling it an improvement over Cal Brunker's previous movies. It was praised for Brunker's direction and deeper characterizations, but was criticized for its runtime. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film held an approval "Certified Fresh" rating of 97% based on 117 reviews, and an average rating of 8.45/10. Metacritic gave the film a weighted average score of 86 out of 100 based on 43 reviews, indicating "critical acclaim".

Randy Myers of The Mercury News gave the film three stars out of four and said, "This old-fashioned, PG-rated animated children's film (young children, that is, not teens or tweens) does everything it intends to do. And does it well." Yolanda Machado of TheWrap gave the film a positive review, stating "Brunker and his co-writers find a way to deliver a multi-layered story that can grab toddlers while keeping older viewers entertained and not groaning at some propagandized messaging." Lisa Giles-Keddie of HeyUGuys gave the film four stars out of five and said, "A relentlessly entertainment big screen outing for the familiar pups. A perfect slice of summer cinema for all the family."

Nate Adams of The Only Critic gave the film a "B", and wrote in his review, "I think three to six year olds are going to wince with glee at the sight of their favorite puppers saving the day, but the parents who are forced to go along for the ride will appreciate the film's cheery sense of humor and educational elements." Nell Minow of RogerEbert.com gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "Parents will appreciate the way the pups tackle problem solving, working together to make the best use of each character's talents." Courtney Howard of Variety found that, "Any crass consumerism is eclipsed by disarming, demonstrable themes and meaningful sentiments woven throughout the film's textured fabric." James Mottram of South China Morning Post gave the film three stars out of five, saying "Paw Patrol: The Movie is a solidly entertaining film for kids, with plenty of crash-bang action." Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter called the film, "Harmless fun for its target audience."

Conversely, Sarah Bea Milner of Screen Rant gave the film a more critical review; Milner praised the emphasis of action, but panned the writing, saying, "Paw Patrol has enough action to keep young fans entertained, but parents will likely be bored by the dragging pace and convoluted plot." Jude Dry of IndieWire gave the film a "D", and wrote in her review, "While it's doubtful the humorless dirge of a movie will make enough of an impression to mold young minds in any lasting way, the critique of PAW Patrol is useful as an amalgamation of certain favorite Hollywood themes that ought to be retired."

In reaction to the theatrical cut's negative reviews, WindowsMyers2018 released a poster of Mayor Humdinger supporting the critics and publishers who lambasted the PAW Patrol franchise.[8] On the other hand, WindowsMyers2018 commented, "I know that it doesn't matter how certain audiences or critics felt about a film, but it isn't about hate against their thoughts. The only choice would need to accept it and move on."

Due to the film's critical and box office success, its posters were made into an unofficial merchandise.[9]

Accolades

The film was included on preliminary shortlists of major potential nominees for the 94th Academy Awards, including the Best Animated Feature and Best Adapted Screenplay categories with the final nominations to be announced on February 8, 2022. Cal Brunker's PAW Patrol: The Movie was ultimately nominated for Best Animated Feature.

Award Date of ceremony Category Nominee(s) Result
Academy Awards March 27, 2022 Best Animated Feature Cal Brunker Nominated
Annie Awards March 12, 2022 Best Animated Feature Cal Brunker Nominated
Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in an Animated Production Alexandre Blain, Brice Bourré, Peter Chan, Morgan Le Henry, Pierre-Antoine Moelo Won
Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Feature Gary Dunn Nominated
Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Feature Production Jaewoo Kim Nominated
Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production Cal Brunker Won
Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production Danny Elfman, Heitor Pereira, John Debney, Harry Gregson-Williams, Michael Giacchino, James Horner (score), Adam Levine (songs) Nominated
Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Marsai Martin Won
Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production Billy Frolick, Cal Brunker, Bob Barlen Won

Trivia

The original "Cat Eyed Marshall" scene from the film.

  • Marshall having cat eyes is based on B-Dawg wearing Cleopatra/Cleocatra's collar from Treasure Buddies.
  • This was the first PAW Patrol film to be released theatrically as the previous three PAW Patrol films: Mighty Pups, Ready Race Rescue, and Jet to the Rescue were direct to DVD TV movies.
  • Elements of the music contains snippets from other scores composed by Danny Elfman, Heitor Pereira, John Debney, Harry Gregson-Williams, Michael Giacchino, James Horner:
    • Spider-Man 2, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Spy Kids, Elf, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, Barnyard, The Ant Bully, Hotel for Dogs, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Zathura: A Space Adventure, Yogi Bear, The Passion of the Christ, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Chicken Little, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Ice Age: Collision Course, and the live-action/photorealistic remake of The Jungle Book by Debney.
    • The Despicable Me franchise, The Smurfs film series, The Angry Birds Movie, Curious George, The Angry Birds Movie 2, Playmobil: The Movie, and Smallfoot by Pereria.
    • Jumanji, Titanic, and The Amazing Spider-Man by Horner.
    • The Incredibles, Incredibles 2, Star Trek, and Doctor Strange by Giacchino.
    • Spider-Man, Hulk, and Avengers: Age of Ultron by Elfman.
    • Shrek Forever After and The Chronicles of Narnia by Gregson-Williams.
  • As it first shows teenage Ryder explaining the emergency to the adolescent pups, he accidentally plays what looks like Marshall videotaping himself to cuddle Everest. Marshall smiles sheepishly to the other pups, exposing that he is secretly Everest's boyfriend. Also, all of Marshall's mishaps are replayed as a compilation video.
  • Liberty mispronounces Barkingburg as "Barkington."
  • Gabrielle Union, Chris Pratt, Robert Downey Jr., Olivia Olson, Bobby Moynihan, Thomas Middleditch, Will Smith, Emily Blunt, Marsai Martin, Iain Armitage, Tyler Perry, Dax Shepard, Kim Kardashian, Randall Park, Jimmy Kimmel, Yara Shahidi, Maya Rudloph, Seth Rogen, Ryan Reynolds, Martin Short, Nathan Fillion, and Eric Bauza join the voice cast.
    • This film was the only time that Rudolph voiced Mayor Goodway. Starting in Cal Brunker's PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie, Kim Roberts voices the character, reprising her role from the television series.
  • The film marks the first time of the several things:
    • The pups, Ryder, Katie, Carlos, Danny, Ace Sorensen, Taylor Turbot, Harold Humdinger, the Princess of Barkingburg, Julia and Julius Goodway, Precious' owner, and Alex's debuts as adolescents.
    • The first appearance of the Foggy Bottom Boomers since the series' second season episode, "Pups Save a Basketball Game", and the Whoosh, Ron Rapidfire, Riff Rockenbock and Lionel Lightspeed's first appearances since the special, "Ready Race Rescue".
    • Luke Stars' first appearance since the fifth season episode, "Mission PAW: Pups Save a Royal Concert".
    • Raimundo's first appearance since the fourth season episode, "Pups Save Daring Danny's Hippo".
    • The franchise's first media to feature both Maya Rudolph as Mayor Goodway, Iain Armitage as Chase, and Callum Shoniker as Rocky, likewise taking over the roles from Kim Roberts, Justin Paul Kelly, and Jackson Reid.
    • The debuts of Ryder's family, Chase's family, Liberty, Delores, Marty Muckraker, Madea, Gus the Truck Driver, Kendra Wilson, Butch, and Ruben.
    • The debut of Adventure City.
  • When the pups watch the Lookout's television, their programs include:
    • A dog-styled version of The Jim Gaffigan Show.
    • An episode of The New Adventures of Apollo the Super-Pup, which features an animated recreation of the train battle from Spider-Man 2.
    • A documentary called "Planet of the Mer-Pups", named after the BBC live-action series, The Blue Planet.
  • The movie shows more of Chase's emotional side like from "Pups Save A Hoot".
  • It intends to be the second Nick Jr. show to have a movie in theaters after the live action Dora and the Lost City Of Gold.
  • Gage Munroe reprises his role for Marshall as Adult Marshall.
  • When Skye licks Chase across his cheek, it's based on Nala doing the same to Simba from Disney's The Lion King.
  • The cars belonging to Chase, Marshall, Rubble and Skye resemble similarly to their Ultimate Rescue, Mighty Pup and Moto Pup vehicles.
  • The Legion of Foggy Bottom is based on the Sinister Six, a group of villains appearing in the Spider-Man comics.
    • Additionally, the Duke of Flappington is portrayed similarly to Green Goblin; they both fly around on gliders and throw bombs.
  • A pair of toy trucks owned by Alex, Julia and Julius resemble to Scoop from Bob the Builder, Blaze from Blaze and the Monster Machines and Freight Nate from Mighty Express.
  • Kallan Holley and Katherine Forrester previously worked on Whisker Haven together as Daisy and Gleam.
  • Shohreh Aghdashloo and Gabrielle Union previously voiced Queen Janna and Nala in The Lion Guard (2015-2019), and are expected to reprise their roles in The Lion King: Revisited.
  • Kevin Michael Richardson and Nat Faxon previously worked on Blaze and the Monster Machines together as Crusher and Pickle.
  • Maya Rudolph and Jim Gaffigan previously worked on Pixar's Luca together as Daniela and Lorenzo, Luca's parents.
  • Jeff Goldblum, Tobey Maguire and Alec Baldwin previously worked on Warner Bros. Pictures' Cats & Dogs together as Professor Charles Brody, Lou and Butch.
    • Maguire and Baldwin reunited after Cats & Dogs in the animated movie The Boss Baby (2017), where Maguire voiced the adult version of Tim Templeton and Baldwin voiced the titular character, respectively.
  • Danny Elfman and Sam Raimi previously worked on the Spider-Man trilogy, and reunited in Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022).
  • Samuel Vincent and Trevor Devall previously worked on Superbook together as Chris Quantum and Joshua.
  • Three deleted scenes featured the following drafts:
    • Chase saving Mayor Humdinger during the rescue of the train passengers. After Humdinger's henchmen frames Chase for "shooting" him, Jim Gaffigan gets Chase's charges dropped, but the PAW Patrol grapples with negative publicity. However, this was dropped for PAW Patrol: The Ultimate Movie.
    • Instead of Skye, Sweetie would have rescued Chase, and received a metal, which was also restored for PAW Patrol: The Ultimate Movie.
    • During the film's third mission, Alex became a giant since "Pups and the Beanstalk". Additionally, Julius, Julia, Cap'n Turbot, Katie, Jake, Danny, Carlos, Ace Sorensen, Farmer Al, Farmer Yumi, Francois and Mr. Porter used modified vehicles, as well as powers of the Mighty Pups.

Pups in action

Mission in Adventure Bay

  • Marshall, Rubble, Chase, Rocky, Zuma, Skye, Everest, and Tracker: Continue to defend Adventure Bay from numerous threats.
  • Rocky and Zuma: Set up the perimeter around the bridge.
  • Chase: Use his grapple hook to save Gus.

First responders

  • Marshall: Put out the fireworks, later, defeat The Cheetah and Harold Humdinger.
  • Rocky and Everest: Crush the fireworks, later, clean them up.
  • Chase: Put up a perimeter.
  • Liberty: Guide the team through the traffic.

Second mission

  • Marshall: Get the people, Artie and Apollo off the train using his ladder slide.
  • Rubble: Put cement on the poles.
  • Rocky and Tracker: Hold on to the rails with their grappling arms.
  • Skye: Put the rail up right using her claw and defeat the Duke of Flappington, Claw and Sparks.

Interlude

  • Liberty: Get herself captured and find the dog jail.
  • Rubble, Rocky, Skye, Zuma, Marshall, Everest, and Tracker: Breach the wall at the dog jail to rescue Chase.

Third mission

  • Chase: Rescue Ryder.
  • Liberty: Get on the rescue raft and look for the civilians.
  • Zuma: Go underwater and save the car, Sid Swashbuckle and Arrby.
  • Skye: Take down the Cloud Catcher and defeat Mayor Humdinger.
  • Rubble, Rocky, Marshall: Round up all civilians inside Humdinger Heights.
  • Everest and Tracker: Rescue Delores.

Gallery

Main article: PAW Patrol: The Movie (2020 Director's Cut)/Gallery

Transcript

Main article: PAW Patrol: The Movie (2020 Director's Cut)/Transcript

Credits

Main article: PAW Patrol: The Movie (2020 Director's Cut)/Credits

Sequels and spin-off

Main articles: Cal Brunker's PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie, PAW Patrol: The Ultimate Movie and Liberty (series)

After PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie was greenlit by Paramount Pictures, WindowsMyers2018 officially announced a director's cut for that film, despite his earlier claims that Cal Brunker's PAW Patrol: The Movie was viewed as a series finale. A third film, PAW Patrol: The Ultimate Movie, was also confirmed to be in development, with Brunker returning to direct. Oscar Isaac, Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, and Mikey Day join the reprising voice cast, alongside Kim Roberts as Mayor Goodway, Christian Corrao as Marshall, Jordan Mazeral as Zuma, Lucien Duncan-Reid as Rubble, Logan Nicholson as Rocky, and Matthew Campbell and Justin Timberlake as two variants of Chase, respectively.

On March 2022, a spin-off series focusing on Liberty was announced to be in the works. Marsai Martin was reported to reprise her role as Liberty.

Notes

  1. As depicted in Jet to the Rescue and Battle for Adventure Bay, respectively.
  2. Prior to the events of Cal Brunker's PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie.
  3. Identified off-screen as Victoria Vance, the main antagonist of Cal Brunker's PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie.
  4. Tong and Strong also voiced Katie's parents; and Fillion and Gallagher also voiced Ryder's parents in a flashback.
  5. PAW Patrol: The Movie (2021) - Official Trailer - Paramount Pictures
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  7. Believe_It_or_Not_(Theme_from_"Greatest_American_Hero")
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