Pudsey the Dog: The Movie
|Pudsey The Dog: The Movie|
United Kingdom theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Nick Moore|
|Produced by||Michael Leviten
|Written by||Paul Rose|
|Music by||Simon Woodgate|
|Edited by||Daniel Farrell|
|Distributed by||Vertigo Films
|Box office||£2.6 millon|
Pudsey The Dog: The Movie is a 2014 British 3D live action family comedy film directed by Nick Moore, produced by Simon Cowell, written by Paul Rose with music by Simon Woodgate and starring Pudsey the Dog, one half of the dancing duo Ashleigh and Pudsey, voiced by David Walliams.
Other stars include Jessica Hynes, John Sessions, Jim Tavaré and Izzy Meikle-Small. The film was made by Vertigo Films and Syco Entertainment, and was released in the United Kingdom on 18 July 2014, after it was originally set to be released in December the previous year. The film received negative reviews from critics, and it earned £2.6 millon on a £2.5 million budget. On 10 November 2014 Pudsey the Dog: The Movie was released on DVD in the United Kingdom.
The film is about 2012 Britain's Got Talent winner Pudsey the dog on an adventure. Pudsey uses his ability to walk on his hind legs and knock people over to save the day. Pudsey starts as a dog in a movie set, but he ends up fired after causing havoc. Pudsey runs away in disgrace and catches a bus, and there are several school kids on there.
When the bus stops, Pudsey runs down the street. Some bullies from the bus bully some other kids. Pudsey runs back and knocks the bullies over. The bullied kids take Pudsey home with them. They are siblings and their names are Molly, Tommy and George. Tommy does not speak much. The kid's mum gets rid of Pudsey so the family can move house after the dad died.
Molly, George and Tommy take Pudsey to a lady who looks after dogs. But the lady turns out to be evil after she says she is going to dye him pink and do horrible things to him like she has done to some poodles. Pudsey, because he is specially trained, opens the door and runs away, and jumps into a white van. The poodles escape too. The white van turns out to be the van that is moving the siblings' things, so Pudsey is moved to Chuffington with the family. Pudsey gets to speak.
- David Walliams as Pudsey (voice)
- John Sessions as Thorne
- Jessica Hynes as Gail
- Izzy Meikle-Small as Molly
- Malachy Knights as Tommy
- Luke Neal as Farmer Jack
- Lorraine Kelly as Cat (voice)
- Dan Farrell as Ken and Finn
- Jim Tavare as The Dog Catcher
- Peter Serafinowicz as Edward the Horse (voice)
- Olivia Colman as Nelly the Horse (voice)
- Ashleigh Butler as Anabella The Cow (voice)
In January 2013, it was announced that Simon Cowell would produce Pudsey The Dog: The Movie. The film, which was released on 18 July 2014, follows Pudsey and his siblings Molly, George, and Tommy as they move to the village of Chuffington-on-Sea with their mother Gail (Jessica Hynes) and set out to save the village, from their landlord Mr Thorne (John Sessions) and his cat Faustus. Pudsey is voiced by comedian David Walliams.
- Pudsey: He's Got The Love – Performed by Echobass
- Things Are Getting Better – Performed by Echobass
- Breaking It Down – Performed by Echobass
- Tea Dance – Composed by Norman Warren
- All Music – Composed by Simon Woodgate
On 10 November 2014, Pudsey the Dog: The Movie was released on DVD in the United Kingdom.
Critical reception and box office
In its first week, the film grossed £446,000, finishing outside of a Top 5 led by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with £8.7 million. This was described by the BBC as a "flop". Pudsey: The Movie was critically panned. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes it holds a rare 0% approval rating with an average score of 3.3/10 based on 12 reviews.
Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian called the film "so depressingly bad that cinemas should play the adagietto from Mahler's Fifth over a loudspeaker as audiences file out grimly into the foyer afterwards, silently asking themselves if life has any value... Watching this movie, I was overwhelmed with three emotions: boredom, embarrassment and chiefly shame on behalf of everyone involved, shame that something so shoddily made and mediocre could ever have emerged from our film industry."
Writing in The Observer, Mark Kermode said "nothing can explain (or excuse) the sheer skull-scraping ugliness of this relentlessly tacky Britain's Got Talent spin-off... If you paid to see this, you would feel duty-bound to demand your money back; I saw it for free and still wanted a refund." David Edwards of the Daily Mirror called the film a "cheap and cheerless embarrassment" with a "thin and familiar" plot and said it "deserves to be scraped from the lawn, and dropped in the bin."
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- David Edwards (17 July 2014). "Pudsey the Dog - The Movie review: Big screen venture is a bit of a dog's dinner". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 21 July 2014.