Story

In Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups a team of six helpful pups, together with their young mentor Ryder (Justin Kelley), try to serve and protect their town.

The story begins when a rocket ship knocks a meteor off course and sends it blasting through the atmosphere straight for Adventure Bay. The pups are the first on the scene, and the cosmic rock gives them individual superpowers. Unfortunately villainous Mayor Humdinger (Ron Pardo) and his naughty nephew Harold (Chance Hurstfield) also get supernatural abilities from the meteor. They decide to steal the meteor from the town hall so they can use it for their own personal gain. The pups must work together to stop Humdinger and Harold before they destroy Adventure Bay.

Themes

Superpowers; good versus evil

Violence

Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups has some violence. For example:

  • A rocket ship crashes into a space rock, creating a large explosion and causing a meteor to veer off course and head straight for the town.
  • Mayor Humdinger and his nephew destroy the front of Town Hall while stealing the meteor.
  • Harold creates a machine that captures the pups and damages the town, including a beloved tulip garden. The pups manage to escape.
  • Ryder is locked in the Paw Patrol command centre, where Harold holds him captive.

Sexual references

Nothing of concern

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

Nothing of concern

Nudity and sexual activity

Nothing of concern

Product placement

Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups has no product placement. But the movie is a spin-off of the Mighty Pups TV series, and there’s a lot of merchandise based on the characters marketed to children.

Coarse language

Nothing of concern

Ideas to discuss with your children

Mighty Pups: Paw Patrol is an animated adventure aimed at preschoolers. The plot is very predictable and is unlikely to appeal to older audiences.

The main messages from this movie are to believe in yourself and never stop trying. The movie also illustrates the fact that everyone has a role to play and that by working together, you can overcome seemingly impossible obstacles.

Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include teamwork, helpfulness, determination, problem-solving and leadership.

This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about the importance of taking responsibility for your own actions and the reality of dealing with consequences when things go wrong. You could also discuss the importance of having the courage to keep going even when things look hopeless and you feel like giving up.