Are you ready to ROCK?! Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park is available on Blu-ray and Digital now! Learn more about this rockin' sequel and if it is OK for younger audiences. Plus! If you're planning a Rock Dog 2 viewing party, I'm sharing the perfect cookies to serve up!
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Rock Dog 2 free for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park Review + Cookie Recipe
Rock Dog 2 | Movie Synopsis
One year after the events of the original Rock Dog, Bodi and his band, True Blue have become locally famous in the village of Snow Mountain - they even have devoted fans! But when a music mogul named Lang gives them the opportunity to tour with pop sensation Lil' Foxy, Bodi and his friends learn that fame comes at a price and ultimately discover that only by staying true to yourself can you unleash the power of rock 'n' roll!
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Rock Dog 2 | No-Spoilers, Parent Review
Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park manages to pack in a lot of lessons in its 90 minutes.
Bodi is excited at the prospect of touring with a major pop star and becoming a major star himself but he quickly realizes that playing "the game" to get fame and fortune comes with a high price tag.
Friendships and family relationships are put to the test and viewers learn fairly early on that not everyone is what they seem.
Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park brings in a lot of modern references with posting to social media and filming vlogs and gives a glimpse into what it is like to be the trending topic (for the moment) and the lengths someone (for example, Lil' Foxy) have to go to to stay on top.
This film is really clean in terms of language. The only words that jumped out at me during the film were "demented" and "losers".
There is a scene towards the end of the film that where it appears that Bodi may be in some sort of trouble and they may worry youngsters as they had watched the whole movie more than likely really liking Bodi. In another scene, all of the villagers of Blue Mountain have to act quickly to escape what I can only call a semi-natural disaster.
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My Final Thoughts
Rock Dog 2 is the sequel to Rock Dog but none of the characters feature their original voice actors. The first film has names like Luke Wilson, Kenan Thompson, Sam Elliot and Eddie Izzard - those stars are missing in action for the sequel.
Even though Rock Dog 2 takes place 1 year after the original, seeing the first film is not a prerequisite for seeing the second. I have not seen Rock Dog yet I did not feel lost at all during my viewing of Rock Dog 2.
Rock Dog 2 is full of cliche lines like, "hate the game not the player" but I appreciated the Rock 'n' Roll references throughout the movie.
Two fun, background characters that I really liked where fans of Bodi but also looked and sounded like they watched "Wayne's World" quite a few times. These two wear flannel throughout the film and at one point even do the infamous "we're not worthy" bow.
The Rolling Stones and "Wayne's World" references (I assume) will go over most children's heads but it was nice for the writers and director to throw in some fun for the parents.
Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park Age Recommendation: 4+
From what I can tell this film is not rated yet it is not stated as such on the back cover of the Blu-ray. Given that this film clocks in at exactly 90 minutes, has minimal questionable language and stars animated, talking animals I'd say preschoolers will really enjoy this movie.
Rock Dog 2 | Cookie Recipe
Rock n' Roll with Bodi and the gang with these awesome snacks from Popcorner Reviews!
Click the image above or HERE for full instructions and templates for cutting your cookie dough into a guitar and guitar pick!
Rock Dog 2 is available now on Digital and Blu-ray.