Synopsis: Dogtanian is a young swordsman who dreams of joining the legendary Muskehounds. After proving his skills and earning their trust, he and the Muskehounds must defend the King from the evil Cardinal Richelieu’s secret plot to seize power.
Loosely based on Alexandre Dumas Three Musketeers. Dogtanian and The Three Muskehounds is a cute retelling of the story. The tale picks up with Dogtanian leaving his country home to join the legendary Muskehounds and clear his father’s name.
Upon his arrival in Paris, he meets a street mouse called Pip and soon runs into the legendary Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. After dueling with Richelieus guards the Muskehounds accept Dogtanian and the adventure to preserve the Queen’s honour begins.
All the voice acting performances were fairly good. However, it is unclear what actors are doing the English language version or if the original cast of the film is bilingual as the names in the films cast on IMDB look rather Spanish. That said if this cast was doing the English version of the film. They did a pretty decent job of it.
I loved the actor that voice Milady as she was pretty good at hissing and even got the attention of my cat, who is normally very chilled out.
Dogtanian And The Three Muskehounds is a blast from the past for me. As I remember the 1981 animated series on which this movie is based rather fondly. The story is a fairly good retelling of the classic Dumas tale, but not quite as faithful as the animated series was.
Still, we do get some fun set pieces in the film as we see Dogtanian duel with Milady on a ship as he battles to get the Queen’s jewels back. And if that isn’t cool enough for you. We get a lovely rendition of the classic theme song from the animated series at the close of the film complete with karaoke-style lyrics so you can sing along.
The animation is fairly good and I rather enjoyed how it transitioned into traditional 2D animation to punctuate certain story beats throughout the film. An example is when Dogtanian’s father tells the story of how he was betrayed.
Overall. A fairly good adaptation with some fun moments. It brought back some fond memories of my childhood.
You can check out Dogtanian on Sky Cinema or rent it on Amazon Video.
- Voice Acting9.0
- Incidental Music9.6