Show Dogs is just pulled down tremendously by terrible production value, and the fact it uses so many talking animals
Without wanting to judge a film by its own self deprecating comedy, there is a joke within the film pointing a wagging finger at talking animal films, noting how they aren’t made anymore, for a reason. Show Dogs is naturally no different, coming across as just as irritating as when animated mouths on real animals was rife within the children’s film’s release schedule.
FBI agent (Will Arnett) must go undercover at a world renowned dog show to uncover an international animal thief currently on the run with a stolen baby panda. Aided by top NYPD officer Max (Ludacris), a smart and powerful rottweiler, the pair enter the competition knowing all of the animals involved are at immediate risk.
Will Arnett and Natasha Lyonne try their utmost to make it feel somewhat satirical and meaningful, but too much of the script relies on slapstick comedy, which is transferred to the screen particularly badly.
Some of the animals are far more disturbing than the leading pack, and there is undeniable let up in ridiculousness through the conversations between Arnett and Lyonne, who seemingly understand the idiocies of the film and what it represents.
There will be laughs for the little ones, and Arnett’s distinctive voice is only topped by Patrick Warburton in modern day cinema, but Show Dogs is just pulled down tremendously by terrible production value, and the fact it uses so many bloody talking animals.