Excerpt: It is telling that an animation director…was attached to this property as its star, Buck, rarely fools the eye into believing that one is watching a real dog… this “The Call of the Wild” works well enough as the kid-friendly version.
Excerpt: An old-fashioned kiddie adventure, sweetly earnest, equal parts scary, funny, exciting, sad, and happy, with only a bit of uncanny valley in its CGI doggo star. Definitely had something in my eye.
Excerpt: By not making Buck – a computer-animated dog – a cutesy ham with a celebrity voiceover, the film pushes us out of our Disneyfied comfort zone and forces us to accept that it is truly Buck’s story. It is in this endeavor that The Call of the Wild deserves to be lauded.