If you have children under the age of about five then you’ll almost certainly be aware of the phenomenon that is Paw Patrol.
A cartoon about a 12 year old boy and his team of pups who come to the rescue whenever anyone “yelps for help” in the town of Adventure Bay. As with any successful kids show it’s spawned games, clothing, toys and now, a stage show.
Paw Patrol Live: Race to the Rescue sees the gang take to stage and they do so in stunning fashion. This might be a kids show but it’s fantastically put together with the dogs costumes in particular a real delight.
The plot focuses around a race between Adventure Bay’s mayor and her rival the outlandish Mayor Humdinger – who plays the pantomime villain role to perfection. In reality though the plot is simply a device to move around different parts of the Bay setting up different challenges and allowing each pup a chance to shine.
As you might expect there is plenty of song and dance throughout including the shows theme and the ‘Bop bop boogie’ as well as tracks for each pup, the best of which is probably Skye’s track about her flying skill. The youngsters in the audience are, of course, encouraged to join in.
All in all Paw Patrol Live does exactly what you’d expect and will delight young fans of the show, without boring the adults. It was certainly a winner with my four year old who loved every moment.
The pups certainly did save the day.
By Darren Patterson