Monday, December 10, 2018

SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Tomorrow, December 11th from Paramount (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a screener from the folks at Paramount in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Inspiring Film Features the Voices of Logan Lerman and Helena Bonham Carter

Critically Acclaimed and Dove-Approved Family ‘Tail’ 
Marches Onto Blu-ray, DVD & Digital December 11, 2018

This past Friday we watched the upcoming Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero for our family movie, and over the weekend, I did the educational packet that was created for educators to use along with the movie to teach about the real Sgt. Stubby dog, who came from New Haven, CT, the same state where we live.  

The girls really wanted to see this movie in theaters when it released in April of this year, but they were sick so we missed it.  They have been waiting for it to arrive on DVD to watch, as they both love dogs, and movies based on true stories or figures. (If you are not aware of Sgt. Stubby and the whole back story, read below my review for more about this film, including the official movie trailer. )

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero has garnered so much praise and approval including being a Dove Parent Approved Movie, and getting a Parent Choice Gold Award as well as The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval.  The movie is rated PG and has a run time of 84 minutes, so it is not too long that younger audiences will get bored of it.  As the movie began, both of my girls let out a ehhs and ahhhs as they saw Stubby (before he earned the honorary Sgt. title at the end) roaming the streets.  They wished they that could get a dog like Stubby as he was really cute.  But, when he found Conroy and was given a treat, the girls were happy to see that Stubby wouldn't be alone anymore.

As the movie progressed we got to see the relationship between Stubby and Conroy grow.  It was nice to see these two unlikely friends come together and help each other during tough times -- Stubby had no one to care for him, and Conroy was going into war but with Stubby by his side it was a little less scary.  This is truly one of these heartwarming movies that will pull at your heartstrings, especially knowing that is is based on a true story.  It is a tale about heroism and friendship that will have kids and adults smiling throughout the movie.  If you tear up or cry easily at movies, be warned, you will need a box of tissues on hand. My youngest and I were sniffling all throughout the movie, especially at the end when some of the boys from the war lost their lives.  

Even though this is a great movie for kids of all ages to watch, know that it does show war scenes and bombing and fighting.  It is an animated movie, but kids will see what war does and men losing their lives.  My girls were on the edge of their seats during the tale end of the movie as they didn't want Stubby to die, after he jumped in front of another soldier to protect him.  But, in the end he is reunited with Conroy who is on his deathbed in the infirmary.  Conroy makes a miraculous recovery, which viewers will think is from being reunited with Stubby.  This is the part that will have people crying, as it really is a bittersweet moment.

When the movie ended, I asked my girls what they thought and they both agreed it was well worth the wait, as they loved the movie.  They were so happy to now own the DVD, so that they could watch it whenever they wanted.  And, when we did the educational packet with fun activity sheets over the weekend, they loved this addition to the movie, as they got to learn all about this famous war dog, and were happy that they made a movie to honor this pup.

If you are looking for family-friendly movie that will entertain the whole family, then you will want to check out the new Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero arriving on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital.  

More about this upcoming release:

Based on an incredible true story, the heartwarming, family-friendly animated adventure, SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO deploys on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and On Demand December 11, 2018 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  Featuring an all-star voice cast, SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO has been lauded by critics and received the Dove Foundation’s “All Ages” Seal of Approval and Parents’ Choice Gold Award, making it an ideal holiday gift that the whole family can enjoy.

SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO depicts the little-known true story of the unbreakable bond between a young soldier and a stray dog on the brink of America’s entry into World War I. For his valorous feats, Stubby is still recognized today as the first dog promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army and the most decorated dog in American history.  He is also widely considered the forerunner to the U.S. Army’s working dog program. The delightful animated film shows the world that the greatest heroes can come from the unlikeliest places.

SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO was directed by award-winning documentarian Richard Lanni and features the voices of Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson & The Olympians) and Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter films).

The SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO Blu-ray and DVD both include a digital copy along with a behind-the-scenes featurette with cast interviews, a documentary short about the real Sgt. Stubby, never-before-seen production art and a historic photo gallery of the early 20th century world as depicted in the film.

With an original score by Patrick Doyle (Brave) and animation services by Technicolor that combine CGI and vintage-inspired 2D sequences, SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO was produced and distributed by Fun Academy Motion Pictures. Screenwriters are Richard Lanni and Mike Stokey II (Band of Brothers), with editing by Mark Solomon (Chicken Run). 

Special Features:
“Real to Reel” The True Story of Sgt. Stubby
“Animating History” The Art of Sgt. Stubby
Historical Image Gallery
Spanish Subtitles « Closed Captioning « Descriptive Audio

Genre:  1x1Animated/Family/Adventure/History « Street Date: December 11, 2018
Feature Run Time:  Approx. 84 Minutes (Plus Special Features) 
MPAA Rating:  PG for War Action and Some Thematic Elements

The true story of Sgt. Stubby has resonated with audiences of all ages, including parents, educators, animal lovers, military supporters and history buffs alike. The film has been selected as an official project of the United States World War I Centennial Commission and its French counterpart, La Mission du Centenaire 1914-18; additional endorsements and educational partners include the American Legion, the Connecticut State Library, the National Infantry Museum Foundation, the National World War I Museum & Memorial and the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes.

Beyond his military exploits, Stubby’s status as an adopted stray has resulted in nearly a century of recognition by animal rescues and welfare organizations. As part of the film’s theatrical release, Fun Academy partnered with more than 90 regional and national animal organizations across all 50 states – including the Humane Society of the United States and the Westminster Kennel Club – to shine a light on the human-animal bond and the amazing things adopted animals can do when given a chance in life.

About SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO With the “War to End all Wars” looming, the life of Army “doughboy” Robert Conroy (Lerman) is forever changed when a little stray dog with a stubby tail wanders into a training camp in New Haven, Conn.  Conroy gives his new friend a meal, a name, a family and the chance to embark on an adventure that would define a century.

About the Real-Life Stubby:  Before he was a hero, Stubby was homeless, unwanted, unwashed and unloved, scrounging for scraps on the streets until he was taken in by Private First Class Robert Conroy of the 102nd Infantry Regiment, 26th “Yankee” Division.

In France, Stubby saw frontline action in four offensives and 17 battles. He found wounded soldiers, saved an entire company by alerting the men to don gas masks and even caught a German spy.  After the recapture of Ch√Ęteau-Thierry, the women of the town made him an embroidered jacket that would serve as Stubby’s uniform and display his numerous awards throughout the rest of his career.

Returning home to a hero’s welcome, Stubby and Conroy toured the country leading victory parades and met three sitting U.S. presidents, among other honors."

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About Fun Academy Motion Pictures: Fun Academy Motion Pictures produces and distributes animated entertainment and educational media for global audiences of all ages, using true historical events and great works of literature to tell substantive, relevant, age-appropriate stories suitable for the whole family. Fun Academy is a trademark of Fun Academy Incorporated – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fun Academy Media Group, Ltd., an Irish corporation – and is registered in the United States of America and the European Union.

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Disclosure: I was sent a screener from the folks at Paramount in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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