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Mark Baldo
Graham Hamilton, Kathleen Barr, Ashleigh Ball
Writing Credits:
Alec Sokolow

When Bodi and his band True Blue leave Snow Mountain to tour with pop sensation Lil' Foxy, they learn that fame comes at a price.

Rated PG.

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 90 min.
Price: $21.99
Release Date: 6/15/2021

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Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park [Blu-Ray] (2021)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (June 8, 2021)

Back in 2017, Rock Dog found little audience during its theatrical exhibition and by most definitions became a flop. With a budget of $60 million, the movie earned a mere $24 million worldwide.

In theory, that would mean we would never see the movie’s characters again. However, direct-to-video projects extend lifelines to animation franchises that bomb theatrically, and this leads 2021’s Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park in my Blu-ray player.

Set a year after the first movie, musical canine Bodi (voiced by Graham Hamilton) and his band True Blue enjoy popularity in the Tibetan village of Snow Valley. This pushes them to potentially bigger things.

Promoter Lang (Jason Simpson) offers True Blue the chance to tour with pop star Lil’ Foxy (Kathleen Barr) and the musicians jump at the chance. This brings a mix of unexpected complications.

Of course it does, but in an expected shift, one finds none of the well-known actors from the 2017 film in its sequel. Clearly Park enjoyed a much lower budget than the $60 million thrown at the first film, so instead of folks like JK Simmons, Luke Wilson, Sam Elliott and Matt Dillon, we find a whole bunch of people whose names we don’t recognize.

Not that non-famous actors doom a project. Heck, the talent in the original movie didn’t make it better than meh anyway.

None of the performers in Park offer much to make their roles delight, but no one could. A project as thin and anonymous as Park can’t be redeemed by even the strongest cast.

Expect a story that comes across as a mess. Somehow Bodi possesses magical powers through music, and Lang wants to steal these for his own ends.

Shades of Little Mermaid! Park never attempts any form of creativity, as it just rips off other movies and hopes we won’t notice.

Young viewers probably won’t, but their parents will. The adults in the audience act as the target for the film’s dialogue, as Park comes with nearly incessant allusions to various songs and bands.

I guess the filmmakers intend these references to seem clever, but instead, they just come across as idiotic and gratuitous.

Are characters based on Wayne’s World fun? No.

Is a theme in which Bodi pursues a song that might save the world just stolen from Bill and Ted Face the Music? Yes.

Does anything about the cheap, tacky, witless Park work? No. This becomes a complete dud of an animated adventure.

Footnote: a tag scene appears early in the end credits.

The Disc Grades: Picture A-/ Audio B-/ Bonus F

Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The image looked solid.

Sharpness worked well, as the movie boasted consistently detailed elements. No softness emerged in this tight, accurate presentation.

I saw no shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes remained absent. The flick also lacked any print flaws.

Given the Tibetan orientation, blue became the movie’s dominant hue. However, other shots managed a broader palette, and the movie showed these colors in a vivid manner.

Blacks seemed dark and deep, while shadows appeared smooth and clear. Everything about the transfer pleased.

Though not bad, the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack seemed less impressive. This was because the soundfield often lacked much ambition.

Outside of concert scenes, the soundscape felt pretty restricted. While it spread around the room in a moderate manner, it never kicked into a high gear.

Audio quality seemed good. Speech was distinctive and natural, without edginess or other issues.

Music was perky and full, while effects appeared accurate and packed a nice punch. The semi-restrained soundfield left this as a “B” mix.

Though the Blu-ray includes a “Special Features” menu, it just offers “Bookmarks”. Yeah, those aren’t “special features”. We get nothing – not even previews for other movies.

I don’t know if anyone wanted a sequel to Rock Dog, but we got one anyway. Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park seems even less interesting than its dull, uncreative predecessor. The Blu-ray offers excellent visuals along with decent audio but it lacks bonus materials. Nothing here works.

Viewer Film Ratings: 3 Stars Number of Votes: 2
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