Space Dogs was one long adventure into a pile of shit. We smelled shit as we approached, but the grass around it was green enough so that we kept going and next thing we knew we were wandering through tunnels made of pure shit.
It kicks off with a tiny puppy attempting to tell us the story of her mother and her buddy, so the entire first half of the movie has absolutely nothing to do with space. Instead it’s two lady dogs and TEN MILLION GIMMICK CHARACTERS just walking around until that whole space thing suddenly happens.
No, seriously, gimmick-y characters are a serious problem in this movie. We have a supporting main character who is barely relevant to any of the matters at hand and repeated cameos of two fleas that have nothing to do with the story. We have a time-traveling cheese-eating bird and generic bully characters. We have an entire circus. These aren’t even all of them.
I’m also still wondering if the humans can understand the animals in the movie? Because apparently they trust the animals to function like trained astronauts, train each other, and psychoanalyze each other while also somehow maintaining the ability to operate heavy machinery. There’s also the whole bipedal thing going on…soooo…this whole thing is questionable.
There is also a short and really weird romantic segment that is totally out of nowhere, so that’s weird. Tyler says that the movie managed to hit a whole bunch of random little details while brushing aside big ones—such as who the mother of the puppy telling the story would eventually be, or the fact that dogs don’t usually talk.
It’s a shitty movie that could have been a lot better, but ended up falling back on itself. You can watch Space Dogs here.