2016 Certificate: pg

Synopsis

While protecting the sheepish citizens of his Tibetan town, musical mastiff Bodi (voiced by Luke Wilson) is surprised when a rock-blaring radio falls out of the sky. Inspired by the heaven-sent riffs, Bodi decides to leave his flock to follow his rock'n'roll dream. In the city, he seeks help from the ultimate mentor: legendary rock icon Angus Scattergood (Eddie Izzard). But as always in the music biz, the wolves are circling... in this case it's the wolves who've got their greedy eyes on his sheep! Turn on, tune in and rock out to a 'toon caper that cranks the fun up to 11.

Director

  • Ash Brannon

Cast

  • Luke Wilson

  • Eddie Izzard

  • J.K. Simmons

  • Sam Elliott

  • Mae Whitman

  • Matt Dillon

  • Lewis Black

Review

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As an unlikely rock icon emerges from the mountains of the Far East, this upbeat cartoon caper forms a karmic junction between Kung Fu Panda and School of Rock. All that's missing is Jack Black on lead vocals.

As it is, Luke Wilson provides the not-so-dulcet tones of Bodi, an aspiring guitar hero whose day job is to help his alpha-dog dad (JK Simmons) protect the woolly citizens of their Tibetan town from a mob of dastardly but dim wolves.

A celestially dropped radio sets Bodi on the road to rock greatness. Arriving in the big city, the wannabe star seeks to learn at the hand of music legend Angus Scattergood (Izzard).

Alas, the British hitmaker is a reclusive moggylomaniac who's only interested in Number One. And we're not just talking about the chart position.

But where Bodi needs a mentor, Angus needs a muse. Will they come together? Will they work it out? Maybe... if only those pesky wolves would let it be.

Actually, the film concentrates more on their comedy duets than their songwriting collaboration, with Bodi playing stooge to the sneaky Scattergood.

The slapstick zip makes it especially cool for younger cats. But with dashes of sheepish humour a la Wallace and Gromit and wry narration from Sam Elliott as a yak called Fleetwood (geddit?!), there's something to strike a chord with most audiences.

Elliott Noble