The first CGI-animated movie feature for Arthur and his pals is a
hit. Arthur's Missing Pal tells the story of how Arthur loses
his pet dog, Pal, and chronicles his efforts to find him.
Beyond the sheer novelty of the CGI-animated graphics, which are
intriguing and lush, the movie tells an interesting story. A little
more dramatic than a typical Arthur episode, Arthur's Missing Pal
may appeal to a slightly older crowd. Arthur's pet, Pal, begets a
real personality in this feature, and he's adorably animated.
Any child who owns a dog can identify with Arthur's guilt about
not having paid enough attention to Pal's walking and feeding
schedules. While Pal has a grand time experimenting with his
newfound freedom, he eventually feels lost; and Arthur worries that
Pal will forget about him altogether. Arthur enlists the help of his
buddies, not the least of whom is Buster, who takes on the role of
Again, this feature is a little more dramatic than a typical
Arthur episode--there are a few scenes that feature mean dogs, for
example, that could be mildly unsettling to the youngest of viewers.
However, for its target audience, the suspense is just right.
Best For: Ages
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Reviewed: August 2006