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Pound Puppies - family and children's DVD / television DVD / animation DVD review
POUND PUPPIES: HOMEWARD POUND Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 3 1/2 stars
Featuring: Eric McCormack, Yvette Nicole Brown, John DiMaggio, Michael Rapaport, Alanna Ubach
  Distributor: Shout! Factory
DVD release: 06 March 2012   Runtime: 120 min. (1 disc)
Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, DVD, Full Screen, NTSC
DVD features: Aspect ratio 1.78:1, Audio tracks (English - Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround), 5 Pound Puppies episodes, Learn to Draw Lucky

*Pound Puppies: Homeward Pound*As with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, its sister show on kid-friendly The Hub, the retooled Pound Puppies gets a stylish new look to freshen things up--not to mention some pretty impressive voice talent to bring the animation to life.

*Pound Puppies: Homeward Pound*Lucky (Will and Grace's Eric McCormack) leads Shelter 17's group of doggy operatives dedicated to the mission of finding the right home for every pooch who comes into the pound: "A pup for every person, and a person for every pup." Working with him are Cookie (Community's Yvette Nicole Brown), a Boxer with a tough exterior and a sweet heart; well-meaning doofus sheepdog Niblet (voice veteran John DiMaggio); street-smart Chihuahua Squirt (Michael Rapaport of The War at Home and Boston Public); and genius Dachshund Strudel (actress and voicer Alanna Ubach).

*Pound Puppies: Homeward Pound*The five episodes collected on this DVD quickly invest viewers in the Pound Puppies' cause. In their secret op center underneath Shelter 17, the pooches (and some helpful squirrels) plan their operations to match pups with people--despite the apathy of Head Dog Catcher McLeish (Rene Auberjonois) and the bumbling ministrations of assistant dog catcher, Olaf (M. Emmet Walsh).

*Pound Puppies: Homeward Pound*In "Homeward Pound," a snafu during a mission ends with Niblet and Squirt stranded in The Middle of Nowhere, Canada, and the gang needs to tap the international Pound Puppies organization to find them.

In "My Fair Rebound," Betty White guests as wealthy Agatha McLeish, who is drawn into a dog-show competition by a snooty old friend's disparaging remarks about Rebound, Agatha's recently adopted puppy who happens to be Niblet's irrepressible little sister. George Takei plays a TV celebrity dog trainer whose methods of preparing Rebound for the show create an uncomfortable distance between pup and her person.

"Quintuplets" features a litter of five puppies who refuse to be separated in order to find a home, creating an unforeseen challenge for the grownup dogs. "K-9 Kid" features a wannabe police dog rejected by the training academy for her size who finds a friend in a police lieutenant's sleuthing son. "Zoltron" is a pug with antennae looking for his family, and he's convinced Niblet that he is from out of this world.

While it may not paint a realistic picture of shelter life, or of the many real-life considerations to be made when matching people and pets, the new and improved Pound Puppies does get one important message across: that there's a place for all of us, human and canine.
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reviewed by Sharon Schulz-Elsing
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