Who will like it: Children used to low-end animation, history buffs, kids that like talking dogs and space.
Space Dogs is a 2010 film produced by Russia. I’m not kidding: The Russian Federation had their hands all over this film. The English dub came out in 2012, and let me just say, it is glorious.
Now, that’s not to say that it’s actually good. That’s too strong a word. The movie is mediocre. The CGI looks like something you’d find in your dollar store knock-off bootlegs, and the voice acting is…meh?
What I appreciate about the film is it’s use of
blatant Communist propaganda Russian history. The film tells the story of Belka and Strelka, the two Soviet space dogs that actually survived going into space. The story is actually pretty cute. Belka is a hoity-toity circus performer, and Strelka is a tough street dog. There’s a rat name Lenny, too. Now I don’t want to spoil the film, but if you liked studying the Space Race, you’ll appreciate this film.
All in all, I appreciate this film. It’s very Soviet, and isn’t afraid to show it. You don’t see a good space film anymore, let alone one with Soviet space dogs. It’s a decent watch to kill some time, unlike its obnoxious shark-jumping budget bloating monstrosity of a sequel…but that’s a story for after Christmas. I have a much better movie for next week…