The royal family is one of the U.K.’s biggest draws, from its ancient traditions to its modern-day fascinations, It is a contemporary tale of Kings and Queens that the whole world practically loves, even the queen’s beloved pets have become household names themselves. In 2019, The Queen’s adored corgis were given the star-studded treatment in their animated adventure, duly titled The Queen’s Corgi.
An adorable pup, a gift from Prince Philip, quickly wins the Queen’s heart. Rex is chosen as top-dog a figurehead position with lots of merchandise and recognition, Rex letting his popularity get to his head. Though the job is not without its difficulties, and after an embarrassing diplomatic display Rex wonder if it is for him. After being betrayed, Rex ends up in a dog shelter, with many doubting his royal legitimacy. Inside the Kennel is an underground dog Fight Club, and while in there, he grows smitten with Wanda who is currently with Tyson, a brutish Bull Terrier who wants Rex’s blood. As he makes friends and enemies, can he settle down and survive and ever get back to his own home?
The film’s introduction is an enjoyable sequence of non-verbal action, it is a great moment of storytelling and I reckon the whole film could have been done in that way. The score of the film is by the famed composer of HBO’s acclaimed shows like Westworld and Game of Thrones, and it is a nice touch here. This Belgian film was dubbed in different regions, the British one (considering the setting and subject matter would make it the more authentic one) is the one I watched. I recognise a lot of the voices from BBC Radio 4 comedy show Dead Ringers. Jon Culshaw’s impression of President Trump is still recognisably enjoyable. Though our hero is capably portrayed by Jack Whitehall and is joined by Matt Lucas who also fits his role as antagonistic corgi Charlie. The rest of the Kennel is suitably cast with more big names like Sheridan Smith as the quick-witted love interest Wanda and Ray Winstone’s Tyson, the vicious bull terrier with his underground gambling ring…
This is a fun-for-all-the-family affair where there are jokes for both kids, and the parents who have been roped along. As such there are some jokes might go over younger viewers heads, for example, the classic first rule-of-fight-club joke is used here, but that became an actual plot point. Regardless of age, the personalities of the homeless pups do well to please the audience, and the animated adventurous antics of Rex and the gang will win over most cynics.
With comedy, peril, and some well-rendered locations, The Queen’s Corgi is one of the top-dog of animated animal adventure films. A bit shorter than average with its hour and 25 minute runtime but makes up for it by being a certifiable crowd-pleasing success, lovingly detailed depictions of the U.K.’s scenery and culture. This Queen’s Corgi is certainly best in show for animated canine capers.
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