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Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero also known as “Sgt. Stubby: An Unlikely Hero”

MPAA Rating: PG-Rating (MPAA) for war action and some thematic elements.
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Primary Audience:
• Family • Kids
Animation Biography War Adventure Family
1 hr. 25 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
April 13, 2018 (wide—1,685 theaters)
DVD: December 11, 2018
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war in the Bible

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courage, bravery, and self-sacrifice

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Featuring: Helena Bonham CarterMargaret Conroy (voice)
Logan Lerman … Robert Conroy (voice)
Gérard DepardieuGaston Baptiste (voice)
Jordan Beck … Elmer Olsen / Shopkeeper (voice)
Jason Ezzell … Sgt. Casburn (voice)
Guillaume Sentou … French Cook (voice)
Christophe Lemoine … French Officer (voice)
Coline Haas … La Villageoise 2 (voice)
Brian Cook … General Edwards (voice)
Nicholas Rulon (Nick Rulon) … George S. Patton / Sentry
Jim Pharr … Hans Schroeder / Col. Ty / Medic (voice)
Pierre-Marie Rochefort-Schneider … German Soldier 1 (voice)
Audrey Sablé … La Villageoise 1 (voice)
David Blin … German Soldier 2 (voice)
Director: Richard Lanni—“Road to Victory” (2011), “The Americans in the Bulge” (2010)
Producer: Fun Academy Media Group [Ireland]
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “‘Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero’ is a computer-animated feature film based on the life and times of America’s most decorated dog. After being rescued off the streets by a young American soldier on the eve of World War I, Stubby became the first canine promoted to the rank of Sergeant in American history. With ‘The War to End All Wars’ looming, a young Army doughboy Robert Conroy (Logan Lerman) has his life forever changed when a little dog with a stubby tail wanders into training camp. Conroy gives his new friend a name, a family, and a chance to embark on the adventure that would define a century.

Narrated by Robert’s sister Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter), Stubby and his new best friend quickly find themselves in the trenches of France and on the path to history. French poilu soldier Gaston Baptiste (Gérard Depardieu) befriends the duo and accompanies them along their epic journey through harsh conditions and incredible acts of courage.”

The real Stubby Stubby’s exploits were told in newspapers across the country. (Sgt. Stubby himself does not speak, as the filmmakers wanted to maintain as much historical accuracy as possible while still making WWI accessible for kids.)

As documented in the history books, but largely untold today, Stubby was no ordinary stray: he was a tenacious canine, a courageous scout, and a fiercely loyal friend who forged an everlasting bond with the doughboys of the Great War. This film was selected as an official project of the United States World War I Centennial Commission.

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Secular Movie Critics
…director Richard Lanni’s family-friendly yet persuasively detailed movie should come across to a sizable chunk of its target audience as something appreciably more immediate than a period piece set a century ago. Better still, the film is sufficiently intelligent and entertaining to engage most grown-ups and, no kidding, fascinate history buffs. …
Joe Leydon, Variety
…This may be the first cartoon in history designed for this particular overlap of audiences: military buffs and the very, very young. …
Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
…plenty of warmth and charm and even a reasonable amount of suspense… It’s never a bad thing to provide history lessons to our younger generations, so the intentions of the filmmakers is more than laudable. …a fine job in recreating the landscape of the era… [3/4]
Bruce DeMara, Toronto Star Newspapers
…Very much a by-the-book affair, this kid-friendly, rather jingoistic account of the Great War and the canine that helped to win it also delves into some of the darker sides of the conflict. There are no talking animals or wink-wink pop culture asides a la Pixar, but rather straightforward dramatic scenes depicting shell-shocked troops in combat, mustard gas attacks and even a few casualties. …a valuable educational tool to teach them about a war that ended nearly a century ago. …
Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
…I came into this film not expecting how much I would appreciate a more thoughtful use of animation to tell an engaging story. By the time George S. Patton shows up and perches a proud Stubby atop his tank as the battle draws to a close, I had long surrendered. …manages to suggest the dangers of combat without shedding a drop of blood or showing a wound… [3]
Susan Wloszczyna,
…It’s a bit odd to see a feel-good animated war film, but “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero” is interesting… …A cute and scruffy movie. Helena Bonham Carter, lending a female presence to the otherwise all-male story, charmingly narrates as Robert’s sister, who pieces together the Stubby legend from letters sent home. …
G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Gate
…Refreshingly unsentimental and straightforward… at heart it’s just a doggone, old-fashioned movie. There’s enough bark and bite here to rekindle baby-boomer memories of Lassie and Rin Tin Tin, two furry matinee idols whose courageous exploits were undoubtedly inspired by this stray mutt who ended up on the front pages of newspapers around the world. They don’t make ‘em like Stubby anymore, that’s for sure. …
Steve Davis, The Austin Chronicle
…Given its pedigree, “Sgt. Stubby” takes fewer liberties than some fact-based war movies. Bolstered by an irresistible protagonist, the tear-jerking script by Lanni and Mike Stokey makes up for shortcomings in animation. …
Pat Padua, The Washington Post