Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!

Featured In Issue 253, January/February 2021

WSR Score2.5
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In "Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!," 10 years has past since the creation of the Great Truce, an elaborate joint-species surveillance system designed and monitored by cats and dogs to keep the peace when conflicts arise. But when a tech-savvy villain hacks into wireless networks to use frequencies only heard by cats and dogs, he manipulates them into conflict, and the worldwide battle between cats and dogs is BACK ON. Now a team of inexperienced and untested agents will have to use their old-school animal instincts to restore order and peace between cats and dogs everywhere. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes "Animal Charades: Making Cats & Dogs 3" (HD 05:17) and "Cast Reveals All: Deep Animal Thoughts" (HD 03:17), a gag reel (HD 01:37), trailers, upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was produced digitally and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The imagery has a strong digital gleam. The color palette is naturally hued with strong saturation. Contrast is good with a generally bright balance. Blacks, such as the noses on dogs, appear realistic. Shadows are well defined. The scenes are mostly bright. Resolution is good throughout. This will probably be received by very young people as cute but otherwise an undistinguished experience that is very digital in appearance. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack features cats and dogs ADR voiced as well as other animals who are the pets of humans. Both human dialogue and animal voicing is forward sounding with poor integration. The music score is fairly constant either as a background element or a forward element, with good bass presence. Atmospherics are generally realistic and sound effects heighten the action sequences. Overall, the soundtrack is serviceable. (Gary Reber)