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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Was there any point to the "All in Your Mind" musical number?
    • In the previous song "King of Everything" there's a random moment when McNasty's henchmen show up crossdressing as showgirls doing kicks. It only lasts for a split second but even their boss didn't seem to know what the heck was going on when it happened.
  • Cliché Storm: Every cartoon cliché is on display here.
  • Ham and Cheese: George Rose as McNasty is so gloriously over-the-top and hammy that it's easily the most enjoyable part of the movie. He even manages to ham it up after he's been turned into a good guy.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Big Paw looks like a Mega Absol, only missing the horn and furry wings.
    • Early on in the film, Cooler sports a pair of glasses that look just like Kamina's.
    • The fact that the film completely avoids clarifying that Colette's puppies will starve without their mother because they need her milk becomes a lot funnier in light of Pound Puppies (2010) actually showing mother dogs nursing their pups in the episodes "Taboo" and "Pound Preemies".
  • Ho Yay: Reflex's condition causes him to run around in a trance and kiss anyone in sight regardless of gender (or even species), so male dogs also fall victim to his hugs and kisses.
  • Idiot Plot: Aside from everyone falling for the Obviously Evil villain, McNasty himself falls squarely under this for thinking that his ability to control the dogs' ability to communicate with humans through a magic bone will somehow restore him to the throne once held by his ancestors. It doesn't help that he's crowning himself king in the United States.
  • Narm:
    • Large parts of the film, but a special mention should go to the moment after Big Paw's song, which is about how lonely he is and how much he wants a family. Bright Eyes says they'll be his friends and that he's not that ugly. Instantly, Big Paw cheers right up and all his problems are seemingly solved. Yeah, that fast. After he just sang a song drenched in angst. Talk about easy to please!
    • The way the film tiptoes excruciatingly around explaining exactly why Colette's puppies will starve without her (i.e. because they need their mother's milk for nourishment). Word of advice: if a major plot point hinges on something you're not willing to explain to children, your kids' movie will probably have problems down the line.
    • The entire quicksand sequence, almost exclusively because it is clearly water in which the pups are trapped, making the entire thing impossible to take seriously.
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    • The names alone are chock full of Narm. The hypnotizing device that McNasty uses to turn dogs into his servants is called "The Mean Machine" of all things.
    • The cure for anyone who's been processed by the Mean Machine? Telling them "I love you!"
    • Any time one of the cats at the pound is referred to as a "Pound Purry", or Colette's puppies being referred to as "Puplings".
    • The entire King Arthur story feels extremely out of place; but something that is sure to have everyone laughing their asses off is the fact that the Bone of Scone also happened to be lodged in the stone holding the sword Excalibur. Yes, really.
  • Narm Charm: Admit it, you sniggered when McNasty started ranting about taking over the world now he had a bone that let him talk to dogs.
  • So Bad, It's Good: This movie is hardly a masterpiece, but some elements of it are quite amusing and entertaining in their own way, mainly revolving around the villain's nonsensical plan and the catchy songs with their bizarre animation. There is also the Villain Song, which has particularly forced lyrics.
  • Special Effects Failure: The film is loaded with animation errors, such as Cooler's vanishing nose, the water being identified as quicksand, Colette appearing in Bright Eyes' place in a scene where she's not supposed to be present, the fact that the Black Knight is not wearing black, among many others.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The songs essentially use the same tune as 1950s classics such as "Let's Go to the Hop" and "Duke of Earl".
  • Tastes Like Diabetes:
    • Collette's "puplings" are disgustingly cute even by this movie's standards.
    • How McNasty, Lumpy, and Bones act after they've been reversed by the Mean Machine.
    Bones: Oh! It feels swell to be happy!


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