Reviewed byjpp1023Vote: 7/10/10
The film is entertaining and has positive messages of compassion shownby the Tibetan characters -including to their enemies- the wolves,however, all references to Buddhism were removed in the film. CreatorZheng Jun's original artistic vision is in the manga comic entitled"Tibetan Rock Dog". It is sad to me that "Tibetan" was removed from thetitle as well. As Zheng Jun is credited for the story as well as anexecutive producer I imagine it must have been difficult to see theculturally censored version be what was shared with the globe. Despitethese issues which deserve to see the light this is an important film.I hope it will foster awareness of the Chinese Government's atrocitiescommitted against native Tibetans. These continue to this day with noend in sight nor adequate help coming from countries which are able.The film shows Tibetan architecture, Tibetan rug making and evenTibetan Buddhist prayer flags which simply appear as colored flagswithout any Tibetan script or Buddhist symbols. Edited for artistic orpolitical reasons? I hope viewers will "find their fire" and demandTibetan Rock Dogs everywhere to Rock out for Tibet like Ad Rock showedus how. Get Rocking with this Tbetan Buddhist Manjushri mantra: Om A RaPa Ca Na Dhih ( Sanskrit) Om Ara Pa Za Na Di (Tibetan).
Reviewed bysubxerogravityVote: 6/10/10
So this movie was a little more than what I expected (Or just betterthan I expected).
It starts out with this cool 2D animation that tells the story of asheep town being guarded by a kung fu dog being attacked by wolves. Inorder to keep the wolves from coming back he outlaws music, and ofcourse his son Brody grows up wanting to be a musician so he goes tothe big city to become a Rock Dog.
One of my favorite parts of the film is their concept of the rock park,a place in the city were musicians meet and perform. It's like a crossbetween Venice Beach and CBGBs. Really cool.
The animation was not that good nothing too great or unique, but I didlove the story. The typical animation type of a animal that was met forone thing and is known for one thing, wanting to do something out ofthe norm, but that rock setting in which is goes over the clichés ofRock and Roll specifically that late 80s early 90s version in which themovie seems to be happening.
Plus a lot of real cool characters in the movie. My favorite beingAngus Shattergood a cool cat voiced by Eddie Izzard who is the livingpersona of Rock and Roll.
My biggest pet peeve of the film is actually that the movie is reallyshort. I mean really short. It was barely over an hour. Usually, whenanimated movies are that short they give us a animated short at thebeginning of the film to make up for it. that did not happen this time.You can see the story coming to an end, and you think to yourself moreis coming, but it does not.
So bland animation tells a great story so simple that it makes themovie seem short. For that I would wait for the DVD to come out to seeit.
When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events.