The basic plot is that the Winslows, Marmaduke’s family, decide to move from Kansas to California, so the kids start flipping out about how they will fit in, being the new kids in town. From there, the movie explores the importance of family, and Marmaduke kicks some butt at the dog park where his dad meets regularly with the new boss, played by William H. Macy.
The voice cast is excellent, featuring Owen Wilson as Marmaduke and George Lopez as the Winslow family cat. Fergie voices Marmaduke’s love interest, while the Wayans brothers play two wannabe Dobies named Lightning and Thunder.
And seeing all those beautiful dogs makes the movie worthwhile, even if the story is pretty predictable. There’s a beautiful Collie that looks just like Lassie, two gorgeous Afghan hounds, and various other purebreds. But one of the key themes of the movie is that mutts are just as good as purebreds, and we all have to learn to get along.
Oh, and my son says I should mention that it’s really funny when Marmaduke farts in his parents’ bed. (Personally I thought the dog surfing scenes were much more tasteful!)
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!