Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero 3.0 stars

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Synopsis

The career of Sgt. Stubby — the most decorated dog in American history — serves as the basis for the first CG feature based on a true story. Complaints against contemporary animation have become rote, starting with the flat, cookie-cutter characterizations: instead of flesh and blood creations, the pencil-neck WWI doughboys suggest polyvinyl chloride windsocks. (Purists will find more to explore in the rolling hills of French ally Gaston’s boundless face.) The big question: why animate when the story would have worked just as well with actors? (Possible answer: writer/director Richard Lanni wanted to reach an entirely different audience through animation.) The smaller question: isn’t this just a kiddie-sized recruitment film? (Considering the time period, it would have been disingenuous to hammer home an anti-war message.) Still: just because an animated feature doesn’t carry the Disney/Pixar stamp of approval doesn’t mean it’s bad. I’m glad to report that I not only saw the tale of a soldier and his loyal pooch through to the end; at one point, I used a shirt cuff to blot away the wet eyes.

Scott Marks

Length: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Rated: PG

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Showtimes

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AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego. 888-262-4386

  • Wednesday, April 25

    12:20 p.m.

AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego. 888-262-4386

  • Wednesday, April 25

    11:40 a.m., 1:55 p.m.

AMC Otay Ranch

2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista. 888-262-4386

  • Wednesday, April 25

    1:55 p.m., 4:05 p.m.

AMC Palm Promenade

770 Dennery Road, Chula Vista. 888-262-4386

  • Wednesday, April 25

    2:45 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 26

    1:15 p.m.

AMC Plaza Bonita

3050 Plaza Bonita Road, National City. 888-262-4386

  • Wednesday, April 25

    2:05 p.m.

AMC Poway 10

13475 Poway Road, Poway. 858-646-9423

  • Wednesday, April 25

    2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 26

    2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.

AMC Temecula 10

27531 Ynez Road, Temecula, CA. 951-699-4970

  • Wednesday, April 25

    2:15 p.m.

Regal Escondido

350 West Valley Parkway, Escondido. 760-291-0119

  • Wednesday, April 25

    12:25 p.m.

Regal Parkway Plaza

405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon. 619-401-3456

  • Wednesday, April 25

    11 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 26

    11 a.m.

Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos. 760-471-3734

  • Wednesday, April 25

    4:10 p.m., 9:05 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 26

    3 p.m.

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