Oddly enough, you wouldn’t know the movie starred Davidson based on this trailer. The “Saturday Night Live” regular can be heard saying “cannonball!” at the start of the sequence, but otherwise the clumsy Great Dane moans and groans mostly through a series of mishaps. We do, however, see the trusty companion leap off a roof, go viral on the internet, and fight his way through a whimsical dog show.
As with any animated project, a creative team probably worked hard on this movie, but I can’t help but think it looks like one of those educational CD-ROM computer games from the early 1900s. 2000. As a property, the “Marmaduke” comics – originally created by Brad Anderson – likely don’t have the same strong fan base that led “Sonic the Hedgehog” fans to lobby for the overhauled the animation for this movie, but as it stands, it doesn’t look great.
Of course, “Marmaduke” is a kid’s movie, and there’s no doubt that some kids will love it, no matter how wonky the animation. Netflix has a long track record of taking well-known properties in children’s entertainment and reimagining them in Netflix Originals, from “Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous” to “Angry Birds: Summer Madness” to, as it were, a TV version of ” Green Eggs and Ham.” Some of them are obvious money grabs, sure, but Netflix has some great family programming under its belt too, with shows like “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.” “.
I mention TV shows here because if “Marmaduke” doesn’t premiere on Netflix and immediately disappears into the recesses of children’s memories, it looks like the kind of infinitely repeating IP that could easily be next turned into a TV show. And it might be worth it if Davidson jokes about getting that sweet, sweet “Marmaduke” money in his next stand-up special.
“Marmaduke” will premiere on Netflix on May 6, 2022.