Dad of Divas' Reviews: DVD Review - Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

Thursday, December 13, 2018

DVD Review - Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero



About the DVD
Based on an incredible true story, the heartwarming, family-friendly animated adventure SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO deploys on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and On Demand December 11, 2018 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Featuring an all-star voice cast, SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO has been lauded by critics and received the Dove Foundation’s “All Ages” Seal of Approval and Parents’ Choice Gold Award, making it an ideal holiday gift that the whole family can enjoy.

SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO depicts the little-known true story of the unbreakable bond between a young soldier and a stray dog on the brink of America’s entry into World War I. For his valorous feats, Stubby is still recognized today as the first dog promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army and the most decorated dog in American history. He is also widely considered the forerunner to the U.S. Army’s working dog program. The delightful animated film shows the world that the greatest heroes can come from the unlikeliest places.
SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO was directed by award-winning documentarian Richard Lanni and features the voices of Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson & The Olympians) and Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter films).

The SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO Blu-ray and DVD both include a digital copy along with a behind-the-scenes featurette with cast interviews, a documentary short about the real Sgt. Stubby, never-before-seen production art and a historic photo gallery of the early 20th century world as depicted in the film.
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With an original score by Patrick Doyle (Brave) and animation services by Technicolor that combine CGI and vintage-inspired 2D sequences, SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO was produced and distributed by Fun Academy Motion Pictures. Screenwriters are Richard Lanni and Mike Stokey II (Band of Brothers), with editing by Mark Solomon (Chicken Run).

Special Features:

  • “The Making of a Hero” Featurette with Behind-the-Scenes Footage and Cast Interviews
  • “Real to Reel” The True Story of Sgt. Stubby
  • “Animating History” The Art of Sgt. Stubby
  • Historical Image Gallery
  • Spanish Subtitles  Closed Captioning  Descriptive Audio
  • Genre: Animated/Family/Adventure/History  Street Date: December 11, 2018
  • Feature Run Time: Approx. 84 Minutes (Plus Special Features)
  • MPAA Rating: PG for War Action and Some Thematic Elements


The true story of Sgt. Stubby has resonated with audiences of all ages, including parents, educators, animal lovers, military supporters and history buffs alike. The film has been selected as an official project of the United States World War I Centennial Commission and its French counterpart, La Mission du Centenaire 1914-18; additional endorsements and educational partners include the American Legion, the Connecticut State Library, the National Infantry Museum Foundation, the National World War I Museum & Memorial and the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes.

Beyond his military exploits, Stubby’s status as an adopted stray has resulted in nearly a century of recognition by animal rescues and welfare organizations. As part of the film’s theatrical release, Fun Academy partnered with more than 90 regional and national animal organizations across all 50 states – including the Humane Society of the United States and the Westminster Kennel Club – to shine a light on the human-animal bond and the amazing things adopted animals can do when given a chance in life.

About SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO: 
With the “War to End all Wars” looming, the life of Army “doughboy” Robert Conroy (Lerman) is forever changed when a little stray dog with a stubby tail wanders into a training camp in New Haven, Conn. Conroy gives his new friend a meal, a name, a family and the chance to embark on an adventure that would define a century.

About the Real-Life Stubby: Before he was a hero, Stubby was homeless, unwanted, unwashed and unloved, scrounging for scraps on the streets until he was taken in by Private First Class Robert Conroy of the 102nd Infantry Regiment, 26th “Yankee” Division.

In France, Stubby saw frontline action in four offensives and 17 battles. He found wounded soldiers, saved an entire company by alerting the men to don gas masks and even caught a German spy. After the recapture of Ch√Ęteau-Thierry, the women of the town made him an embroidered jacket that would serve as Stubby’s uniform and display his numerous awards throughout the rest of his career.

Returning home to a hero’s welcome, Stubby and Conroy toured the country leading victory parades and met three sitting U.S. presidents, among other honors.



My Take on the Book
I have heard about Sgt. Stubby in the past but this was the first in-depth examination of the dog in a fun, family-friendly way. In watching this as a family I found that this movie to be a fun movie that really was inspirational. This movie really showed how Stubby went from street dog to K9, You also get to see the very unique and special relationship that Stubby has with Robert Conroy. This was a powerful story that everyone should see that shows you the power of this special relationship and the power of the love between dog and friend. Come and learn about the amazing feats of this great dog!


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