OUR The story begins with his father Jor-El (voiced by Keith David) placing a young Superman aboard a spaceship to leave his home planet of Krypton. Superman’s best friend, his dog, jumps into the pod with him. He grows up to become Krypto (Dwayne Johnson), his favorite canine companion with Superman-like skills. He is a Dog of Steel with x-ray vision and the ability to fly. For those who don’t know, Krypto has been part of the Superman mythos for 70 years.
As Clark’s relationship with Lois Lane (Olivia Wilde) becomes more serious, he begins to spend less and less time with Krypto. However, Krypto, on the other hand, has more pressing issues. When Lex Luthor (Marc Maron) receives orange kryptonite in hopes of gaining powers to attack the Justice League, it turns out that it only works on animals, not humans. Kiptonite gives strength to several animals at the shelter, including Ace the dog (Kevin Hart), PB the pig (Vanessa Bayer), Merton the tortoise (Natasha Lyonne), Chip the squirrel (Diego Luna), and Luthor’s guinea pig Lulu (Kate McKinnon), who becomes the villain.
When Krypto loses all of his superpowers, he enlists the help of an animal shelter to stop Lulu and save Superman. The movie was pretty enjoyable throughout. The fun appeal of the DC League of Super-Pets is enhanced by the fantastic mix of cool characters and voice acting, however, I have to say that McKinnon is the strongest of the voiced characters compared to everyone else. Johnson and Hart have retained their fun chemistry in this animated film where viewers can enjoy their real-life friendship through digital puppies.
The DC League of Super-Pets offers a meaningful message about making a “family of friends” amid action and comedy. Ace has a touching backstory that explains how he ended up at the animal shelter, which explains why he maintains a rough facade to hide his frailty as a result of being abandoned.
Many animal characters are heavily influenced by how they are perceived by humans, owners, and their own creature peers in an ill-advised little challenge simmering for fun. Everyone was spoken to condescendingly, reprimanded, or fired because of their appearance, behavior, or mere presence.
Thematically loyal, the unconditional attachment of pets to their humans as a pair is thematically opposed to all the misfortunes they face. This powerful bond of courage in the face of adversity, the need for attention, and the loyalty that is upheld improves the lives of all involved, pets and owners alike. This simplicity is effective and results in an easy win for the film.
Malaysian fans can also expect to see a character called Waffle voiced by our own Malaysian actor Shawn Lee. The heavy Malaysian waffle accent throughout the film will make you laugh and take pride in the fun local flavor. DC League of Super-Pets is a must-play for anyone looking for escapism with fun characters. Scenes in the middle and end credits of the DC League of Super-Pets show that this film is the first in the series.
Director: Jared Stern
Voices: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, Marc Maron and Keanu Reeves.