THE QUEEN'S CORGI

BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE

THEATRICAL REVIEW
By Brent Davidson
8th December 2019

I love dogs. Especially cute dogs like corgies. I guess it's yet another thing Queen Elizabeth II and I have in common. But children's films these days need to be more than just a veneer of comedy and a message - they need to have a proper emotional impact. Unfortunately, 'The Queens Corgi' has almost no impact; a minuscule whimper is probably a more appropriate description for this film.

Rex is the new dog in the Queen's court, and the older dogs don't like his cocky attitude and the Queen's obvious favouritism. As such, they exile him and he must make his way back to the palace, escaping the pound and the perils of the outside world.

'THE QUEEN'S CORGI' TRAILER

Definitely sounds like a film you've seen before, right?

To say this film is drawn up of clichés is an understatement. But sometimes this is forgivable in a children's film, especially if there's heart and a clear strong message. Kids need to learn things, and seeing similar things over and over again helps that. It's possible the youngsters watching this might decide half-way through they'd rather go back and watch 'Coco' or something similar again. The animation style feels unpolished, and in combination with the script, makes everything feel awfully cheap about this film.

To say this film is drawn up of clichés is an understatement.

The humour is questionable too. There are Donald Trump jokes (as spooky as it is mirroring the past week's events where he met the Queen), but there is an ongoing joke about his dog breeding with one of the Queen's which comes across as borderline sexual assault from Trump's dog. I'm no expert, but I just don't think teaching kids that this sort of sexual harassment is funny - or in any way acceptable - is okay. Lacking the subtlety of Pixar's adult-style jokes, this humour wouldn't be going over anyone's head... they'll just be creating awkward conversations.

'The Queen's Corgi' is one to skip if you're looking for an entertaining kids film. Definitely not one that can be enjoyed by the whole family. But if you're looking for something (anything) to pass some time, I guess you could watch this film. Thankfully, much like the lifespan of the subject, the film is blissfully short.

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