DC LEAGUE OF SUPER PETS – Review by Susan Granger

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According to legend, when his home planet of Krypton was about to explode, baby Kal-El’s parents placed him in a space capsule headed for Earth. But what no one realized until now is that, just before blast-off, Kal-El’s beloved puppy, Krypto, jumped into the capsule too.

In Metropolis, Kal-El (voiced by John Krasinski) grows up to become Superman -a.k.a. Clark Kent – with faithful Krypto (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) -a.k.a. Bark Kent – always at his side. At least until, Clark’s courtship of “Daily Planet” reporter Lois Lane (voiced by Olivia Wilde) gets so serious that he’s proposing marriage.

Does that mean that Bark has lost his best friend?

Meanwhile, villainous Lex Luthor (voiced by Marc Maron) teams up with diabolical hairless guinea pig Lulu (sarcastically voiced by Kate McKinnon) to capture Justice League heroes: Batman (voiced by Keanu Reeves), Aquaman (voiced by Jemaine Clement), Green Lantern (voiced by Dascha Polanco), Cyborg (voiced by Daveed Diggs), Wonder Woman (voiced by Jameela Jamil) and The Flash (voiced by John Early).

Luther has obtained a meteorite of orange kryptonite, only to discover that – while it doesn’t work on humans – it has a devastating effect on animals, like Krypto.

Desperate to save his owner, Krypto recruits a team from the Tailhuggers Animal Shelter. There’s Ace (voiced by Kevin Hart), a ‘loner’ Boxer who becomes super-strong and indestructible; potbellied pig PB (voiced by Vanessa Bayer) who grows to enormous size; Chip (voiced by Diego Luna), an electrified red squirrel; and super-speedy Merton the Turtle (voiced by Natasha Lyonne).

Written by director Jared Stern (LEGO animated films) with John Whittington, this animated comic-book feature is loosely based on DC’s “Legion of Super-Pets,” which first appeared in 1962’s “Adventure Comics #293.” It’s loaded with laughs, imaginative jokes and a heartfelt life lesson about the value of friendship – and it sets up a sequel.

On the Granger Gauge of 1 to 10, DC League of Super Pets is a spirited, scrappy 7 -a good time at the movies for you and the kids – and the kid in you

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.