Bark Ranger

Main Plot Points:
  • Two kids and their trusty dog, Barkley (Jon Lovitz), stumble across a treasure map while playing in an abandoned ranger station.
  • They set out on the adventure of a lifetime in search of a forgotten gold mine, but things take a turn for the worst when they come across a pair of bumbling crooks hiding out from the police.

What We Thought:

  • Welp, I guess Jon Lovitz is officially out of work. Otherwise, why would he agree to provide a voice-over to narrating dog?
  • That’s right, Jon Lovitz is…the Bark Ranger! I have to at least give him credit because it doesn’t sound like he’s simply phoning it in, but he’s basically just using his own voice.
  • As far as family movies go, I really can’t knock Bark Ranger for what it is; a simple kids movie that happens to feature a mechanic we’ve seen in movies a thousand times in the past: fake mouth movements on animals to animate them talking.
  • It’s tired and looks particularly bad in this film where it looks like some amateur computer animator took a 2 weeks class on CGI.
  • The “bad guys” in this film come off as 2-dimensional and stereotypical, but I guess that’s the point. My 4 year old son is obsessed with who’s a good guy and who’s a bad guy, so this probably would be right up his alley.
  • Too bad I’ll never let him watch this because I don’t know what I’d do if I had to watch this movie again.
  • For what it’s worth, Bark Ranger to me falls into the category: “No Harm, No Foul,” but don’t be fooled, it’s  pretty awful, overall.

Special Features:

  • Digital copy

Notable Cast & Crew:

  • Jon Lovitz

Recommended if You Like:

  • Vanilla kid movies

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