Film: Marmaduke

A 2010 film in which the Winslow family moves to California with their "large yet lovable" one-dog wrecking crew Great Dane.

Marmaduke provides examples of:

  • An Aesop:
    • Marmaduke shouldn't lie and he should've got with Maisy because First Girl Wins, not Richest Girl.
    • Also at the end, Phil realizes that being "Top Dog" doesn't mean getting others (ESPECIALLY Marmaduke) to listen to him all the time. It means looking out for his family.
  • Beta Couple: Phil's daughter Barbara and her crush Bodie to Marmaduke and his crush.
  • Betty and Veronica: The tomboy collie (Maisy) or the posh dog who serves as alpha female (Jezebel).
  • Big Bad:
    • Subverted with "Chupadogra" was said to have killed his owner, striking fear into the local dogs. But later, it turns out that "Chupadogra" was in fact an old mastiff named Buster who ran away from home and led a pack only to be kicked out by his own pack. He then persuades Marmaduke to return to his family and soon is finally accepted by the other dogs in the end.
    • Bosco qualifies as this.
  • The Bully: Again, Bosco.
  • Canon Foreigner: Everyone in this movie except for Marmaduke and his human family.
  • Cats Are Snarky: Carlos.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Marmaduke's fear of bees. Let's just say that Bosco shares the same problem at the end of the film.
  • Conspicuous CG
  • Dance Party Ending
  • Exiled to the Couch: Marmaduke's owner Phil gets angry at Marmaduke for trashing the place and throws him outside in the rain, blaming him for all of his misfortunes. His wife, however, is displeased with this and says that Marmaduke was just a dog and doesn't know any better. In the end, she says "You want him in the backyard? Fine. He may have the backyard... but you have the couch."
  • First Girl Wins: Marmaduke gets together with Mazie in the end.
  • Gasshole: Marmaduke.
  • Glad I Thought of It: Marmaduke tells Jezebel that Maisy's dinner idea was his own despite Maisy saying that it was her idea in the first place.
  • High School A.U.: Not popular with anyone, to put it mildly.
  • Hollywood California: The movie takes place mostly in "Orange County".
  • Live-Action Adaptation
  • Must Make Amends: After messing up big time, Marmaduke runs away... but not before arranging for Phil to listen to what his kids want and trying to make up with Maisy.
  • Nervous Wreck: Giuseppe the Chinese Crested dog. He even says that the dance machine Marmaduke broke was the only thing he wasn't afraid of.
  • The Nicknamer: Bosco. His nicknames are mostly directed at Marmaduke, calling him names like "Marmapuke" or "Marmafake". There's also "Big-Ears" to count.
  • Shamed by a Mob: Marmaduke after Bosco reveals that he was a fake.
  • The Smart Guy: Raisin the British dachshund.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: A little Jack Russel terrier chirps like a gopher to show he can, and Bosco neighs like a horse to mock Marmaduke's size.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Marmaduke
  • Toilet Humour: A common canine watering hole.
  • Tomboy: Maisy
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Maisy calls Marmaduke out on not hanging around with her and their friends anymore. Marmaduke, who wants to fit in with the pedigrees, says "I don't hang out with mutts".
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: After Bosco attacks Marmaduke after the latter wins in the surfing contest and chases him, Marmaduke decides to stand his ground and growls at him. Bosco, however, pretends to be hurt, causing Marmaduke and Phil to be scolded.
  • You Need a Breath Mint: Maisy tells Marmaduke this after he accidentally breathes in her face, saying that it smelled like garbage. So he eats some minty toothpaste... with the help of Carlos.