Rock Dog 2016: Review

Rock Dog Plot

The 2016 Chinese movie starts off making a reference to the Big Lebowski. You have Sam Elliot opening the movie with a long tale about the main character of the story, Bodi and his father. The movie is set up 2D in the beginning in flashback but gradually transforms into a 3D animation. Told as if it were a Western in the beginning, there’s a fight between two distinctly different groups; the good, the bad and yes, even ugly. There’s even some tumbleweeds in the background to draw you in.

rock_dogThe movie was produced by Mandoo Pictures and Huayi Brothers. The film is directed by Ash Brannon and its based on the Chinese graphic novel, Tibetan Rock Dog by Zheng Jun. The movie has many talented voices from Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, Lewis Back, Kenan Thompson and more. The film takes between the countryside and city life. The story follows a young Tibetan Mastiff who leaves his home to become a rock musician. With the support from his father his goal is not only accept for who he is, a guard dog, but he also has to balance in becoming a musician. Bodi the young Tibetan Mastiff must face many challenges from fighting wolves, become a musician, and gaining friends.

The movie was released on July 8, 2016 in China and had a United States release by Lionsgate in February. The overall budget of the movie was $60 million but had a box office flop in the United States and China.

Thank you to ROCK And DROOL for giving me the opportunity to watch this movie and write a review.

Rock Dog Review

If you enjoy the Kung Fu Panda franchise I would recommend watching this movie. There are many similarities between the Kung Fu Panda series from the transition to 2D in the beginning to 3D. The story line from accepting yourself also plays a major role in this film. I enjoyed the animation at times from the fighting sequences to the detail in the musical instruments. What surprised me the most was the fight scene toward the ending of the film. The part where Bodi is fighting in the ring with the fence sequence in the background really stood out to me for animation. The animation was a plus, and the message of the movie was heartwarming. I also enjoyed the references to certain musicians in pop culture and had a Big Lebowski feel towards the beginning of the film and the end.

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Other than the animation, I was not happy with the plot overall and character development. There were multiple plots entwined into one and even though the end summed everything together i felt like i was lost halfway through the movie. The characters in the film fell flat and were not likable. Bodi the main character was extremely gullible and didn’t have much of a character development besides learning his strengths which he already had. I did like the development of the cat, Angus Scattergood but other than that the other characters were forgotten. I would have really liked to see a development of the characters that Bodi had met in the park and see their perspective of what it takes to be in a band. If that were the case it might have gotten a mix between the movie Sing and the movie Zootopia. I would recommend this movie to kids but there’s a good reason as to why the movie flopped at the Chinese box office. I would rate this movie 2 guitars out of 5.

2016: Spark Animation

From independent animation to special premieres, CG to stop-motion, SPARK ANIMATION celebrates the emerging influence of animation in today’s entertainment. From the roots of the medium to the advanced technologies available to studios and independent filmmakers, SPARK ANIMATION showcases the diversity of films and techniques in animation. There is a little something for everyone! All proceeds will be donated to Covenant House Vancouver for charity. Since 1997, Covenant House Vancouver, through a carefully designed Continuum of Care including a daily drop-in, a 54-bed residential crisis program, a transitional living program, relapse prevention and life-skills training, has been helping youth aged 16-24 get off Vancouver’s streets. The festival is from October 20 to October 23, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada.  Last years events are shown here.

2016: Chicago International Reel Shorts Festival

Our Shorts Festival seeks to provide opportunity for filmmakers around the world by showcasing their work to REEL PEOPLE in the Chicago  area.  We seek to provide a ‘REEL person’ atmosphere with low entry fees and low cost ticket prices. We are the REEL filmmakers’ choice for showcasing REEL talent to REEL people. The event is from October 6 to October 9, 2016. For more information on the event please visit. 

2016: Balkanima / European Animated Film Festival

Balkanima will be held from October 4 to October 8, 2016. They are located in Novi Beograd, Serbia. The festival was founded in 2004 in Culture Center “studentski grad.” Initiator of the festival and Art Director was Nikola Majdak (1927 – 2013). 1030570-balkanima-call-animation

2016: 3D Wire

3D Wire is an animation, video game and new media market festival that’s located in Spain.The event takes place from  October 3 to October 9, 2016. It includes presentations, showrooms, business to business meetings,  and kid workshops.

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2016: International Digital Film Festival Kinofest

We are heading for the 10th edition of the festival, which will take place on 30 September – 2 October 2016, in Bucharest

Kinofest is the first and most important digital film festival in Romania, since 2007, and one of the most significant in Central-East Europe. Kinofest is an independent project, that has the explicit goal of promoting young film-makers, artists and their work – film, music and visual art; and also, to cultivate the interest in and promote the arts and media culture among the general public throught independent film, video and new media making. We manage to bring every year a premium short film selection that is the best in Romania.

The festival includes various events and projects: the film competitions, an Off-competition section, presentations and screenings of invited artists/films/festivals, music concerts, live performances, a virtual art gallery where we present interesting “non-moving” digital art: graphic-design, photography, illustration. We would like to offer larger perspectives to our public, to gather all digital trends and new techiniques, to have films and music, graphic and video art.

2016: Marbella Film Festival

The Marbella Film Festival is the flagship project of New World Trust, an organisation created to provide support for talented artists across the globe. The festival is from September 28 to October 2, 2016. Located in Estepona ( MALAGA), Spain.

Van Gogh cut off his ear. Artists are known for displaying their tempestuous passion for their craft. Oddly enough, despite this passion and often remarkable talent, artists find it difficult to emerge into the commercial world. This is because most artists are left unequipped with the means and often the knowledge to have their talent appreciated, thus rendering success as an artist exceedingly difficult. Remember, in his life Van Gogh only sold ONE painting. This festival and it’s workshops are here to improve an artists knowledge and information.

2015 Award Winners