Dog City: The Movie

1989 NR 0h 40m DVD

Dog City: The Movie

1989 NR 0h 40m DVD
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In the gritty canine world of Dog City, gutsy bar owner Ace gets himself into serious trouble when he refuses to pay off local kingpin Bugsy. Constantly besieged by tough gangsters, Ace tries to save his business by fighting back with all his might. Directed by legendary puppeteer Jim Henson, this homage to classic gangster movies features amusing action sequences and spawned a Dog City animated series.
Ron White, Elizabeth Hanna, Stuart Stone, John Stocker, James Rankin
John van Bruggen
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
age 6+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this Jim Henson production -- originally a made-for-TV special that aired in 1989 -- is a crime caper modeled after 1930s "film noirs," so there's a lot of fedora-wearing, handgun-wielding dogs that spout anachronisms like "Why I oughtta." There's a good bit of violence (guns shot, dogs taken hostage and hit with rolled-up newspapers), but all of it is cartoonish and exaggerated. Two female dogs are the girlfriends of two male dogs (one is a crime boss' "moll" that makes the male dogs drool), and the couples embrace and nose-kiss. The female dogs are as brave as the male dogs, and there's a good message about nonviolence and standing up to bullies.

Sexual Content

Rowlf introduces Belle by saying all the dogs drool over the mere mention of her name. Colleen and Ace flirt with each other, nose kiss, and eventually get married. Colleen sings a torch song in which she flirts with the audience and sits on different dogs' laps.


There's a lot of gun violence for a kiddie flick. At one point, every dog at Bubba's bar pulls a gun on Ace, and later Bugsy and his thugs (and girlfriend) pull guns on Ace and Colleen. Shots are fired but no one is killed, although one henchdog is injured several times (comically) and Bugsy is shown falling into the river. Colleen is taken hostage and tied up. Ace is hit in the face several times with a rolled-up newspaper.


Mostly mild insults like: "stupid," "dumb," "drool-face," "mangy mutt," "loser," "snobby," and more.

Social Behavior

There are positive messages about non-violence, refusing to negotiate with criminals, and standing up to do what's right, even if it's the more difficult choice. The female dogs are just as brave as the male dogs.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Most of the action takes place in a doggie bar, where dogs have bones/drinks in front of them, and the crime lord Bugsy often smokes a cigar.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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