‘Dog Gone Trouble’ Review: New Dog, Same Tricks

Home is on the heart of “Dog Gone Trouble,” a few misplaced pooch whose proprietor has simply died. But this Netflix animated household characteristic is nothing to write down residence about.

It begins with Trouble (voiced by Big Sean) residing lavishly in a mansion, a far cry from the street-dog way of life. After his wealthy companion, Mrs. Sarah Vanderwhoozie (the always-delightful Betty White, who’s criminally wasted right here), passes on, her grasping niece (Marissa Jaret Winokur) and nephew (Joel McHale) swoop in to get their palms on Mrs. Vanderwhoozie’s belongings. The catch? If they need her riches, they have to care for her diva canine, too.

The setup of Kevin Johnson’s movie has promise: an enthralling montage of Trouble and Mrs. Vanderwhoozie. The loopy, money-hungry kinfolk you’ll want had extra display time. Then, a transferring scene with Trouble pawing at extravagant work of Mrs. Vanderwhoozie and questioning, tearfully, why she’s gone.

Once Trouble leads to what he calls the “jungle” — for the opposite canine, together with the soul-crushed loner Rousey (Pamela Adlon), that is the road — “Dog Gone Trouble” settles into overdone mutt-movie territory. We primarily get a narrative concerning the true which means of residence, explored with extra emotional sophistication in different canine-centric animated movies (“Bolt,” from 2008, involves thoughts). But one other considered one of its themes — a no-label civilization, briefly touched upon when Rousey snaps at Trouble after he calls her an “outside dog” — is way extra partaking and culturally up to date.

Instead, the movie retains it fundamental, proper all the way down to a central lady character named Zoe (Lucy Hale) who shares a typical outsider bond with Trouble. She’s a stock-millennial, wannabe-musician bore, and her Memoji look does her — and the opposite people, animated equally — no favors.

A bunch of dancing squirrels making extremely suggestive nut jokes is about as humorous because it will get. Elsewhere, Snoop Dogg voices a Doberman named Snoop, who raps a rundown of the plot when the credit roll. That the film could be summed up in a foolish, easy canine rap signifies there wasn’t a lot of a narrative right here to start with.

Dog Gone Trouble
Not rated. Running time: 1 hour 27 minutes. Watch on Netflix.