The animated tale based on the TV series tells the story of a genius dog and his adopted human son who travel through time to learn lessons from history. With the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Karan Brar, Joshua Rush, Stephen Tobolowsky, Allison Janney, Dennis Haysbert, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann and Patrick Warburton. Directed by Rob Minkoff. [1:32]
SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man and a woman kiss after their wedding.
► A boy talks about a girl in a dreamy way. A dog makes a remark about a boy not touching himself as a woman enters the room and she looks shocked.
► A soldier and a dog fence (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details) and the dog slashes the man's pants revealing his heart patterned briefs and bare legs. A baby boy's diaper falls off when he is picked up and we see his bare buttocks, legs and back. Women and a girl wear low-cut and off-the-shoulder gowns that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and backs. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. Men and a boy are shown shirtless and we see bare chests, abdomens and backs.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A dog is placed in a guillotine and a boy in the audience cries out to him; the blade is released and the boy faints (we see the dog and the boy unharmed later).
► A dog and a boy on a horse chase a wooden horse and it stops just short of a cliff; the boy and the girl get away safely before the horse falls over the cliff and they fear that the dog has died.
► A swordfight breaks out and we see men slashing each other while we hear the clanking of metal (no blood is seen); a boy tries to join in the fight and a man with a sword approaches him until a dog interferes and the dog fights off several men.
► A boy and a dog are thrown into a deep pit where there are huge statues of snakes with long fangs and mummies; the boy holds the hand of what he thinks is the dog, but it's a mummy's hand and its arm falls off (the boy screams and jumps into the dog's arms). A boy and a dog walk across a tiled floor in a pattern and attempt to solve a puzzle in order to escape unharmed; the boy steps on the wrong tiles and the floor collapses; they run as the walls crumble and they launch themselves in a sailing ship down a ramp that shoots them out the back end of a sphinx (they are unharmed). While in a time machine, a dog, a boy and a girl are pulled toward a black hole and the dog says that they will be "smashed to smithereens"; the dog maneuvers the vessel and they are launched back in time and they crash on a beach.
► Several people in a carriage are transported to a guillotine where they will be executed as a large crowd watches and cheers; one member of the audience throws a rock that hits one man in the head (we hear a clunk).
► A boy and a dog are chased through sewers by soldiers with swords; the boy trips and falls face first into a puddle of sewer mess and is alarmed when he realizes what it was. A dog is held at sword point by a man until the dog distracts him and gets his sword; they fence (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) until the man is struck in the head by a manhole cover and knocked to the ground; a flood of sewer contents and water pours through the area and the dog and a boy surf through the sewer on a manhole cover and are blown above ground when there is an explosion (they are not harmed). A dog, a boy and a girl are chased by guards and they ride on a board down a flight of stairs; the guards throw spears at them, but the three get away safely. A man holds a dagger close to the hand of a girl while talking about a blood oath (he does not harm her). A dog is held at sword point and he is called a spy. Police officers taser a man and he falls back to the ground twitching.
► While in ancient Egypt, we hear that a marriage ceremony means that the bride and the groom are bound together in life and death and that when the groom dies the bride is killed by disembowelment (we see a drawing of a body with its intestines out). Leonardo Da Vinci talks about having tried to make a child and we see a mechanical child in a few scenes; people react to it in fear and run away from it; its arm falls off in one scene (it is a bit creepy).
► A huge hole in the sky drops debris from different time periods (a Trojan Horse falls to the ground, etc) causing property damage; a sphinx crashes to the ground and its nose breaks off pinning a woman (she appears unharmed).
► While preparing to attack an enemy army, a man shouts that the streets will "run red with Trojan blood." A brick is thrown through a castle window, shattering it, and the brick lands on a large cake, smashing it; we understand that an angry mob of people are revolting against the aristocracy in France.
► A man punches another man in the face (no blood or injury is shown). A girl slaps a sandwich out of a boy's hand and teases him about being a dog; she tells him to go and fetch the sandwich (in a crowded school lunch room). A girl takes a whistle out of a boy's pocket and keeps it from him; she makes him jump for it while she teases him and calls him a dog; she holds him around the throat and he struggles against her as the scene ends in the principal's office where we hear that the boy bit the girl's arm (we see bite marks on her arm). A dog seems to be in pain when a boy blows a whistle that we cannot hear. A woman grabs a boy by the arm and threatens to take him away; a dog bites the woman's arm (we see the bite mark). A dog catcher takes a dog away in a metal collar attached to a pole. A man accidentally tasers himself.
► A boy flies a time machine and dodges falling debris. A boy and a girl launch themselves in a flying machine and sail through the sky; they dive toward the ground but pull up just before crashing, they fly through the open window of a building and they crash land but they are both uninjured.
► A dog finds an infant boy crying inside a cardboard box left in a dark alley. A girl makes an angry face and snaps her pencil when a boy corrects her in a classroom. A woman speaks to a dog in a threatening manner and says that she will take the dog's adopted son away from him. A man yells at a dog. A girl pokes a boy and berates him, calling him a liar. A dog growls at a boy. A dog growls at a woman. A dog yells at a boy. A man grumbles and breaks a Rubik's cube.
► A dog and a boy hide inside the statue of an Egyptian god and the dog speaks as if he is the god to make people stop a ceremony; the dog threatens them with plagues. A vessel is launched through a glowing tunnel in a few scenes and it transports its occupants to different periods of time.
► A dog, a man and a boy stand outside in a lightning storm and the dog's kite is struck (we see his face charred, but he is otherwise OK). Two boys touch each other and an electric blast holds them together; a dog tries to pull them apart and there is a blast that leaves a dog and a boy lying on the floor. Two boys slap hands and they we see an electric blast between them. Several people are thrown back by the power of the blast when a time machine takes off (their faces are slightly reddened and their hair is wind blown). Several people fall through a time travel tunnel and slam into the windshield of a time machine; one is pushed off by its windshield wiper (they do not appear injured). A man grabs a woman and they are taken up into a hole in the sky.
► A man holds his back and complains of pain; a dog climbs on the man's back and twists and manipulates him while we hear cracking and the man grimacing (the man feels much better after the dog is finished). A dog hypnotizes a man and a woman and they stand motionless.
► A boy hits a peg into a wheel that turns the wheel causing another peg to hit a dog in the head repeatedly (he is OK). A boy runs toward a dog, they stumble and the dog falls through a painting (we see his head torn through the canvas but he is unharmed). A dog performs a prat fall hoping to make a woman laugh. A boy trips and falls into a time machine.
► A song's lyrics include a reference to "monster's gone away." We hear that people are starving and living on the streets and we see three men with dirty faces and seeming hungry.
► A woman eats a large piece of cake in one bite. A cow flatulates into a machine while a dog talks about new ways to harness energy. A dog puts his backside in the face of another dog who says "no thanks." A dog asks a boy, "Do you smell that?" and the boy replies, "It wasn't me." Several men fall out of the back end of a huge wooden horse, then climb back up on a rope. A girl reacts to the body odor of men in a large wooden horse and one of them smells his armpit.
PROFANITY 1 - 2 mild scatological terms, 2 mild anatomical terms, name-calling (party pooper, dog, genius, sarcastic, liar, smart guy, lame, cruel, barbarians, tattle-tail, loser, hooligan, creepy, bad boy, spy ), exclamations (zip-it, what a crock, oh my gosh, jeez Louise). [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A dog mixes alcoholic beverages for a man and a woman and himself, two men are shown sitting on a street and we see wine bottles next to them (we do not see them drink).
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Adoption, time travel, a dog being a father to a boy, jealousy, paradox, parental responsibility, relationships, growing up, letting go, humor, terminal velocity, space-time continuum, having confidence to try things, hate, good judgment, plagues, mistakes, lessons of history, gravity, Marie Antoinette, French Revolution, Leonardo Da Vinci, bullying, lying, Trojan War, Agamemnon, Odysseus, Achilles, Reign of Terror, Benjamin Franklin, Sigmund Freud, fraternal organizations, aristocrats, secrets, Egyptian gods and ceremonies, minotaurs, Oedipus
MESSAGE - Every dog needs a boy.
► Note: A short preceding the feature entitled "Almost Home" contains several scenes of aliens (multi-legged and some with horns) traveling in a flying vessel trying to find a new home planet and at each stop they encounter difficulties; a giant worm-like creature with huge teeth bursts out of the ground at their first stop and all of the aliens scamper back onto their ship and leave; on another planet, one alien leaves the ship to explore and is snatched up by a large claw (we do not see what happens), another planet's surface is in flames, another is pitch dark, another is occupied by robots that chase the aliens, another planet splits open to reveal many large and pointed teeth as the alien ship approaches and during the hubbub one alien shoves another alien away by pushing his hand in his face; an alien makes reference to sounding like, "I have a hairball."