We’ve been getting into the family movies lately in a big way.
I can’t tell you how exciting it is to reach the stage of parenting, where you can sit down with your children to a DVD that isn’t Dora or Paw Patrol.
With the girls six and four now, I’ve been pushing the boundaries with our family viewing. It’s so nice to be able to snuggle up on the couch to something we can all enjoy. (And sorry, Dora. As much as I love you, I’ve been watching you for the better part of six years now and I am oh so ready for a change.)
Last Sunday afternoon, we had some wild weather in Brisbane. Okay, it wasn’t wild in the typical Queensland sense, but the rain, it was coming down, and it was coming down hard.
Our friends at Roadshow Films recently gave us a gorgeous Red Dog pack to celebrate the DVD launch of new movie Red Dog: True Blue, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to give it a whirl.
I was a little concerned when I saw the rating PG and coarse language, but to be honest the buggers, bloodies and craps went over the kids’ heads. They did gasp when the little boy said stupid though J
Red Dog: True Blue is the prequel to the original Red Dog movie. It starts in the modern day with parents (the mum is Justine Clark – cue excitement from the girls) arguing over whether they should get their son a dog. The father, Mick, is against it, but decides to take his son to see a movie – Red Dog.
The movie brings memories of Mick’s childhood flooding back and he is reduced to tears. His son queries why he was crying during the movie and Mick responds with saying the movie was about his dog from when he was a kid. As he tucks his son into bed, he relays the story of his youth and his dog, Blue.
Life with his grandpa is different, isolating and lonely. Mick longs for someone to call his friend. Out exploring after a storm, Mick finds an abandoned puppy covered in blue-ish mud. He takes him home, gives him a wash and discovers he is an adorable red kelpie. He promptly names him Blue.
What follows is a beautiful story of a boy and a dog and their adventures on a remote cattle station in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
The Australian music is en pointe and the outback scenery is breathtaking. It was great to give the girls a real taste of Australia. This is the kind of movie that they’ll watch again and again and will stick with them for the rest of their lives.
Miss Six loved the movie, and while our dog-obsessed Miss Four loved it too, she asked a million and one questions throughout it. Perhaps just a wee bit old for her.
All in all, we gave it a big thumbs up, mate.
Red Dog: True Blue is now available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.
Mummy, Wife, Me received a Red Dog gift pack in exchange for this post, including the Red Dog: True Blue DVD, cake pops, Red Dog toy, and tea towel. As always, all opinions are my own.
Linking up with Kylie Purtell today for IBOT.