Laser vision, icy breath, super strength and he flies faster than a plane wearing his cape with a capital S, you already guessed who we’re talking about… Of course, Krypto, the super dog! Superman’s pet is entitled to its own animated movie and level of cuteness (yes, we’re making words up), it already beats its master by three candies to zero!
Here, Krypto is a loving but a little too clingy dog who can’t imagine a moment without his master superhero. Left alone to save Superman from an evil guinea pig, he must learn to work as a team with animals that are equipped with superpowers, but not really superheroes.
As you may have gathered, Warner decided that in order to compete with Marvel and its Thor: Love & Thunder for the title of superhero movie of the summer, it was necessary to hit the youngest’s turf and offer us, before the release of Black Adam next October, a tentative dose of Dwayne Johnson dubbing the four-legged beast here. Well, it’s in the US.
Doubling, double missing
It seems appropriate to us to evacuate what we consider a major problem with the footage, at least that which is primarily presented to the French public. It’s no longer rare for animated film studios to call on stars to do the dubbing, just to add additional marketing power based on “with the voice of” to bring in the public with more easily identifiable names. Nothing but the American cast consists only of big stars next to The Rock, like Kevin Hart or Keanu Reeves. It is played my poor Lucette, and it is all the less embarrassing that it remains professional actors.
Except that the French counterparts tended to use regular personalities, often for a quick little dubbing exercise (we’re thinking of Olivier Giroud on Spider-Man: New Generation, for example). A process repeated for Krypto and the super animals with the presence of Soprano and the animator Denis Brogniart for two secondary roles, but nevertheless very present, as it is Chip the squirrel and Lex Luthor himself, respectively. Let’s be clear, this is an extremely unfortunate choice as their performances sound fake and out of place with their characters. Although we have a pool of talented dubbing actors, it is harmful to reduce ourselves to the simple publicity these names bring, at the risk of damaging the overall quality of the work. And if we’re devoting such a large section to it, it’s because we’ve never regretted the original version as much as we do with every remake of Sup’s sworn enemy. In short, we strongly advise you to choose a session with American dubbing if you have the opportunity.
Dog of steel
After this horror has passed, we must salute a work that perfectly manages to combine superheroes and pets. Although we thought we would encounter a film that was largely aimed at the youngest or adults who had retained a child’s soul, modeled after Minions to take a recent example, Krypto and the Super Beasts still manages to be a real distraction for the whole family.
If its cartoon-inspired design will immediately appeal to children, everyone will have as much fun with situations of pure comedy around our four-legged creatures or caricatures of the Justice League (Batman will always be an excellent source of parody), as epic action scenes, as one would expect from a film of the genre.
We’re even surprised to appreciate the real writing done on multiple levels, mixing the most childish joke in the world with the offbeat valve that hits afterwards. Not so surprising when you know that Jared Stern is responsible for the script, he who had collaborated on Lego Batman, The Movie and whose talent for the punchline was well established. And if the humor is expected at times, it never indicates, and the rhythm of the film owes a lot to it.
Inevitably (and thankfully), Krypto and the super animals had to enter a plea in favor of the animal cause. On this subject, the feature film manages to deliver its messages against animal testing and abandonment with some accuracy through its motley crew, terribly endearing. We leave with one wish: to give a big hug to our ball of fur, feathers, scales, etc.