Arctic Dogs

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Arctic Dogs
Arctic Dogs poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAaron Woodley
Produced by
  • Monika Bacardi
  • Andrea Iervolino
  • Joonbum Heo
  • Youngki Lee
  • Jae Y. Moh
  • Jae Woo Park
Written by
Music byDavid Buckley
Edited byLesley Mackay Hunter
Distributed byEntertainment Studios Motion Pictures[1]
Release date
  • November 1, 2019 (2019-11-01)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$50 million[2]
Box office$9.9 million[1][3]

Arctic Dogs (also known as Arctic Justice or Polar Squad in the UK) is a 2019 computer-animated comedy film co-written and directed by Aaron Woodley and co-directed by Dimos Vrysellas. The film stars the voices of Jeremy Renner, Heidi Klum, James Franco, John Cleese, Omar Sy, Michael Madsen, Laurie Holden, Anjelica Huston, and Alec Baldwin.

The film was released on November 1, 2019 by Entertainment Studios in Canada and the United States. It was a box-office bomb, grossing less than a fifth of its production budget of $50 million, and was panned by critics for its clichéd story and immature humor.


Swifty the Arctic Fox (Jeremy Renner) works in the mailroom of the Arctic Blast Delivery Service, but he has much bigger dreams. He wishes to become a Top Dog, the Arctic's star husky couriers. To prove he can do it, he commandeers one of the sleds and delivers a mysterious package to a secret location. Once there, he stumbles onto a hidden fortress, overseen by the nefarious Otto Von Walrus (John Cleese). The blubbery evil genius commands an army of oddly polite puffin henchmen. Swifty discovers Otto Von Walrus' villainous plan to drill beneath the snow-packed surface to unleash masses of ancient gas to melt the Arctic and become the world's supreme ruler. To stop this sinister scheme, Swifty enlists the help of his friends: Polar bear P.B.(Alec Baldwin), a neurotic polar bear, Lemmy (James Franco), a scatterbrained albatross, Jade Fox (Heidi Klum), a brainy red fox engineer, Leopold (Omar Sy) and Bertha (also voiced by Heidi Klum), two conspiracy theorist otters and Magda (Anjelica Huston), his curmudgeonly caribou boss.  

Voice cast[edit]


Arctic Dogs was released on November 1, 2019, in both Canada and the United States. [5] It was released on Netflix in 2020.


Box office[edit]

In the United States and Canada, Arctic Dogs was released alongside Harriet, Terminator: Dark Fate and Motherless Brooklyn, and was projected to gross $5–10 million from 2,835 theaters in its opening weekend.[6] It made $700,000 on its first day, and ended up debuting to just $2.9 million ($47 million was lost), finishing 10th and marking the worst opening of all-time for a film playing in over 2,800 theaters.[7][8]

Critical response[edit]

Arctic Dogs was critically panned. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a critics approval rating of 13% based on 16 reviews, with an average rating of 3.80/10 and an approval rating of 60% by the audience based on 533 ratings.[9] Metacritic assigned the film a weighted average score of 28 out of 100, based on four critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews."[10] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B–" on an A+ to F scale, while those surveyed at PostTrak gave it an overall positive score of 64% and a 41% "definite recommend". Later released on Netflix, it caught new wind there, sporting a rating of 4.6 / 5 stars.[7]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-Ray on 4 February 2020 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment. According to,[11] it made $1,121,079 in total estimated domestic video sales, as of November 2020.


In 2020, it received a Canadian Cinema Editors Awards nomination for Best Editing in Animation.

Other media[edit]

Spin-off web series[edit]

A spin-off web series titled Arctic Friends was released on September 15, 2020 on both Apple TV+ and Amazon Prime Video, consisting of 8 collections of shorts.[12] Another spin-off series entitled Puffins is also in production, featuring the voice of Johnny Depp as Johnny Puff.[13][14]


  1. ^ a b "Artic Dogs (2019)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Ambi Group And Barajoun Entertainment Ink Multi-Year, Multi-Picture Joint Venture- Berlin". Deadline Hollywood. 11 February 2016. Archived from the original on 17 August 2019. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Artic Dogs (2019)". The Numbers. IMDb. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (24 August 2016). "Jeremy Renner Joins 'Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad' as Lead Character". Archived from the original on 28 December 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  5. ^ Common Sense Media
  6. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (29 October 2019). "Box Office: 'Terminator: Dark Fate' to Take Down 'Harriet,' 'Motherless Brooklyn'". Variety. Archived from the original on 29 October 2019. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  7. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (3 November 2019). "'How 'Terminator: Dark Fate' Conked Out With $27M+ & Why 'The Irishman' Is Not A Missed Strategic Opportunity – Box Office". Deadline. Archived from the original on 3 November 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  8. ^ "'Arctic Dogs' Bombs, Worst Opening Of All-Time In 2,800+ Theaters". Cartoon Brew. 3 November 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Arctic Dogs (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Archived from the original on 1 November 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Arctic Dogs Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
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  12. ^ Milligan, Mercedes. "'Arctic Friends' Shorts Go Global, US Premiere Sept. 15". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  13. ^ Vivarelli, Nick. "Johnny Depp to Voice Lead in New Animated Series 'Puffins' From Iervolino Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE)5". Variety. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  14. ^ Milligan, Mercedes. "First Look at Johnny Depp Character in 'Puffins' Takes Wing". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 25 November 2020.

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