Arctic Dogs (also known as Arctic Justice internationally and as 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. It was released on November 1, 2019 by Entertainment Studios in Canada and the United States, and not only received negative reviews, but received only $3.1 million against its $50 million budget. The film was released directly to Netflix in Latin America, Germany and France.
Swifty the fox discovers a devious plan by Otto Von Walrus to drill beneath the Arctic surface to unleash enough gas to melt all the ice. With help from his friends -- an introverted polar bear, a scatterbrained albatross, a crafty fox, and two paranoid otters -- Swifty and the gang spring into action to foil Otto's plot and save the day.
Why It Sucks
Warning: Do not put any points among the lines of "it's a rip-off of GMW, GMW, and Rock Dog." in this section.
- The film is very cliched and predictable, as the whole "outcast who doesn't belong" premise has already been done before in lots of other films.
- It looks a bit cheaply made for a theatrical film and looks much more like direct-to-video.
- The designs of the characters are very bland and simplistic.
- Poor animation, especially since it looks a little bit outdated for 2019 standards and is comparable to films such as Norm of the North.
- The lip-syncing is off and sometimes the frame rate chugs.
- The characters are one-dimensional stereotypes.
- Slow action sequences.
- Bland voice acting from most of the cast, even from talented actors like Alec Baldwin.
- The main character, Swifty, has an insanely dumb motivation. He wants to become a UPS driver. That's it. He wants to be known for delivering packages.
- It is one of those films where the only selling point is the fact that lots of celebs are in the voice cast, in an attempt to attract people to the movie.
- Marketing of the film was very poor, since a lot of people were actually unaware of the movie's existence, compared to many other films that were released before this, which may explain why this movie bombed at the box office.
- Terrible comedy with lots of dated references. As it turns out, this movie was written by people behind such films as Escape from Planet Earth, Spark: A Space Tail (which is directed by the same director), and The Nut Job, which means this film shares the same problems as said films. Not to mention, the timing seems extremely off, as they try to make comedy by using poorly-timed sound effects or poor cartoonish reactionary shots.
- The villain has no motivation other than "I want to destroy the arctic and rule the world!"
- Relies heavily on lowbrow humor for cheap laughs.
- The characters don't even look like dogs, other than Swifty and the original delivery dogs. Instead, they either look like foxes or polar bears.
- The puffins are clearly Minions ripoffs, which has been done before by the same studio with Norm of the North.
- Forced messages about global warming in the form of the villain's plan.
- If the puffins didn't dognap the delivery dogs earlier, the villain could've easily won.
- Like Alpha and Omega, hollow logs do not, in fact, make good sleds.
- Misleading Title: Despite being called Arctic Dogs, they aren't the main characters of the film.
- Jeremy Renner seems to be the only one who cares about putting in the effort here, along with to an extent John Cleese.
- Despite the wasted talent the film offered, at least it's nice to hear from John Cleese once again.
- The facials look pretty cute.
- The character designs are nice.
- The advertising tagline "When that cold brew hits" got some memetic mutation.