Wacky Races meets the Grand Prix in Paw Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue
I set myself a target this year to hit the cinema and see more adult films, given 80% of what I make it to these days are kids’ movies. I’m not knocking it. I adore taking Roma to the pictures, I just want to get in my fair share of screen time on top of our visits too – given I’m paying £20 a month for a Cineworld Unlimited card that’s seeing less action than the parents of newborns and toddlers.
Anyway, Friday I planned to see Bad Boys For Life with my mate after we got some food. And you know what? The slacker was too bloody tired, bailed and I was home by 9pm. Classic.
Still I did make it to the cinema on Sunday… not for Bad Boys, of course – for Paw Patrol.
That’s right, there’s another adventure starring Ryder and his helpful talking hounds about to hit big screens. You might even say that, when it comes to its cinematic efforts, Nickelodeon is on a (pat)ROL… Ahem.
Having spent the start of this year hibernating and fending off various illnesses as a family, we felt fighting fit yesterday for as we made the way into London for our first film screening of the decade.
If you, like me, have seen all 72,000 episodes of Paw Patrol, you may be relieved to know that you can shift up a gear with your little ones as Ready, Race, Rescue drops. It never ceases to amaze me how storylines and new escapades keep getting conjured up for the pooches. But, considering you have several talking dogs that can drive (and fly and sail), all with a very particular set of skills from solving crimes and fighting fires to piloting and lifeguarding, I shouldn’t be surprised.
Fresh from Mighty Pups being released last year, which had the Paw Patrol gain superpowers, Ready, Race, Rescue is like a mash-up of the Grand Prix and Wacky Races as the Paw Patrol become a mobile pit crew ready to take care of all the distinctly unique racers competing in the Adventure Bay 500 race course.
However, after Cheetah – think Dick Dastardly – pulls trick after trick to, well, cheat her way to victory and beat champion The Whoosh – think Peter Perfect/Lewis Hamilton – it results in an unlikely racer stepping up to the plate: clumsy, car-loving, fire-fighting, paramedic Marshall.
Following the same formula as the show itself in which the pups have to band together to save the day, there’s a lesson for slightly older children too, in that having self-belief and confidence in yourself is key – a lesson Chase also had to discover in Mighty Pups.
Less of a film, but more of an extended episode with a runtime of under an hour, it’s ideal for fans of the show or those parents wanting to take the leap and give their kiddo a first trip to the cinema but fearing how the experience will go. Although, if you are worried, here’s a guide I wrote on successfully getting Roma through our first trip when she was 15-months-old.
Paw Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue hits cinemas on Friday 24th January 2020