Rock Dog (simplified Chinese: 摇滚藏獒; traditional Chinese: 搖滾藏獒; pinyin: Yáogǔn Zàng'áo literally "Rock and Roll Tibetan Mastiff") is is a 2016 Chinese-American computer-animated fantasy-comedy adventure film produced by Mandoo Pictures and Huayi Brothers. The film is directed by Ash Brannon, written by Brannon and Kurt Voelker, based on the Chinese graphic novel Tibetan Rock Dog by Zheng Jun. It features the voices of Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, J. K. Simmons, Lewis Black, Kenan Thompson, Mae Whitman, Jorge Garcia, Matt Dillon, and Sam Elliott. The film follows a young Tibetan Mastiff who leaves his home village in the mountains to become a rock musician in a city after a radio dropped from a plane.
It was released on July 8, 2016, in China by Huayi Brothers and on February 24, 2017, in the United States by Summit Premiere. The film received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $24 million worldwide.
Why It Rocks
- The voice acting is brilliant.
- Great plot.
- The character designs are impressive, similar to Disney animated movies.
- Cool animation for the late-2010s standards.
- Bodi is a likable protagonist.
- Colorful special effects.
- Bodi's singing voice is pure handsome.
- Some of these heartwarming scenes, including a very happy ending.
- Amazing visuals.
- Like most of the funny animal cartoon characters, these animals are wearing clothing. For example, many wolves wear the businessmen uniforms.
- Despite being a PG-rated film, it almost feels like a G-rated film.
- It became an improvement over the last year's most infamous animated feature film, The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today!.
- Memorable characters.
- The props are very creative.
- Amazing soundtrack.
- Several funny moments here and there.
- Unlike the wonderful original English dub, the Chinese dub sounds dreadful. For its Chinese dub, click here.
- Much like Alvin and the Chipmunks, Bodi sing covers of songs that were popular in the 2010s which seem like goofed-up rip-offs instead of original songs in the film.
- The American poster looks very mediocre, which only had two reasons.
- On the film's American poster, Angus doesn't have his ears.
- On the film's American poster, the cars are chasing Bodi and Angus.
- Surprisingly, it was a box office bomb, despite being one of the successful animated films.