Rock Dog (simplified Chinese: 摇滚藏獒; traditional Chinese: 搖滾藏獒; pinyin: Yáogǔn Zàng'áo literally "Rock and Roll Tibetan Mastiff") is a 2016 computer-animated comedy film produced by Mandoo Pictures and Huayi Brothers. The film is directed by Ash Brannon, written by Brannon and Kurt Voelker, based on the Chinese graphic novel Tibetan Rock Dog by Zheng Jun, albeit its basic premise has been significantly altered. It features the voices of Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, J. K. Simmons, Lewis Black, Kenan Thompson, Mae Whitman, Jorge Garcia, Matt Dillon, and Sam Elliott. The film follows a young Tibetan Mastiff who leaves his home village in the mountains to become a rock musician in the big city after a radio falls from the sky.
For the Tibetan mastiffs on Snow Mountain, a dog's life has a simple riff -- guard a peaceful village of sheep from the thuggish wolf Linnux and his rabid pack. To avoid distractions, mastiff leader Khampa forbids all music. However, when his son Bodi discovers a radio that fell from the sky, it takes just a few guitar licks for the lad's fate to be sealed. Wanting to be a rock 'n' roll star, Bodi heads to the city to locate Angus Scattergood, a legendary musician who needs to write a new song.
- The plot is confusing and difficult to track.
- The characters are unflattering.
- Despite being rated as PG, there are still some times that are not suitable for its target audience.
- There are a lot of animation errors.
- Bad editing that lacks any transition between scenes.
- Much like Alvin and the Chipmunks, Bodi sang a cover of a popular song from the 2010s, which looks like a remake, rather than an original song in the movie.
- False advertising: On the American poster of the movie, Angus has no ears (although this may be a mistake). Some cars are chasing Bodi and Angus, but they are not seen in the movie.
- Insufficient mastery of original information.
- The dialogue is ridiculous.
- Decent animation, despite all the errors.
- Amazing soundtrack by Rolfe Kent.
- Fun moments everywhere.
- The sound is very good.
- The ending is pretty good.