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Movie review: 'Rock Dog,' animated comedy is old-fashioned and fun

Parents need to know that "Rock Dog" is an animated comedy about a dog named Bodi who dreams of being a musician. After a radio literally falls into his life, Bodi leaves his post as a guard dog in the mountains and heads for the big city. There's lots of comic action - a careening market cart, Bodi fighting a mighty grizzly bear, plus laser beams, bonks, chases, and captures - as well as some suspenseful sequences in which wolves attack a peaceful village of sheep. For kids who are comfortable with pretend vs. real violence, the mayhem is more slapstick than scary, including the blustery, exaggerated evil of wolf pack leader Linnux. Other than the peril/scary parts, there's little iffy content here ("twit" and "stupid" is as strong as the language gets). And the clear messages about perseverance, following your dreams, and teamwork are hard to miss.

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