DC LEAGUE OF SUPER-PETS
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, Marc Maron, Keanu Reeves, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz, Olivia Wilde, Maya Erskine, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jameela Jamil, Jemaine Clement, John Early, Dascha Polanco, Daveed Diggs, Alfred Molina, Lena Headey, Keith David, Busy Philipps, Dan Fogler, Winona Bradshaw
Directors: Jared Stern and Sam Levine
DC League of Super-Pets is cute as hell. But more than that, it understood the assignment. It’s a straightforward kid’s movie with self-referential humor that comic-book loving parents (and comic-book loving non-parents) will appreciate. It takes the vibe of the other pet-based animated movie starring Kevin Hart and intelligently pokes fun at the tropes of multiple genres to succeed where that movie failed. Leaning on a great voice cast (Natasha Lyonne is a true standout), it focuses on the lessons and heart of other great kid’s movies to allow those inside jokes to land better. Super-Pets may be predictable, but it’s an enjoyable time.
Going in, I had a certain set of expectations for DC League Of Super-Pets, and those expectations were met, in that it was a middle-of-the-road, perfectly fine movie for children. It has some chuckles and some heart, but it’s not changing humanity. The kids in my audience loved it, but I’m not a kid. As a non-kid, I thought it was serviceable. I liked the voice acting in the movie, so there is that. I can’t in good conscience say the movie is bad because I enjoyed it to an extent, but I thought it was only just fine.
It’s not likely to be your new favorite animated movie, or even make most Top 10s in that respect, but there’s enough to like about DC League of Super-Pets to make it worthwhile. The animation itself looks quite good, and the voice cast all bring their A-game to the table in telling a unique superhero story that may be biting off a bit more than it can chew. Those unfulfilled ambitions aside, the film does throw in some adult-level jokes that provide genuine laughs while the heartwarming story manages to shine through most of the film’s drawbacks.