For centuries cats and dogs have battled against each other, every day each of them trying to win the affection from all the humans across the world. Thankfully, the world leaders representing both cats and dogs came together and managed to come to an agreement and a truce. Since then, there has been peace, with cats and dogs no longer being enemies. In the present day, selected Cats and Dogs continue to work in a top-secret organisation where they monitor the world to prevent evil doings. When called upon, they are the ones who risk their lives. This organisation is called Furry Animals Rivalry Termination, also known as F.A.R.T for short.
The film focuses on two key animals. Roger the dog (voiced by Max Greenfield) and Gwen the cat (Melissa Raunch) live in the same apartment building with their respective owners. While they are conducting a standard routine check-in their secret den, a mysterious villain hacks the computer system and begins sending a frequency which triggers a war between loveable pets once again. Now it’s up to Roger & Gwen to work together and assemble a new kind of team to save the world once again.
When it comes to the plot, if you have ever seen a Cats and Dogs film, then you generally know what to expect- several one-liners and references to other films and characters (especially anything relating to cats and dogs). My personal favourite element of this film (to my surprise) was the film’s villain named Pablo the Cockatoo (voiced by George Lopez). Pablo comes across something like a James Bond villain wanting to gain revenge against the world. Seeing a cute Cockatoo be this angry at the world really did please me and naturally brings something new to the franchise.
As a third instalment, this film feels more of a B-Grade regarding its quality, and even more so than the other two previous films. Some visual effects are questionable as our leading dogs or cats speak. The effects are rather animated, and some effects even show slight blur around the mouths, which was distracting. Adult characters here are poorly written and rather cliché. The children characters are way smarter than the adults, which was painful and annoying to watch.
Overall, this brainless family film is best enjoyed by young children who love animals that can talk, silly jokes and animals saving the world. Watching this film as an adult is a hard watch. It is pretty evident that while families can watch it together, this film is certainly made more for young kids. As an adult, yes, there are moments that I found painful to watch, but I cannot deny how much my son enjoyed the film and found many elements pleasing. In the end, Cats & Dogs: Paws Unite is a positive movie night for kids and certainly for those who found the previous two instalments pleasing.
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