Animated film The Queen's Corgi may feature an adorable hound, but that hasn't been enough to stop an influx of negative reviews. Directed by Ben Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot, and produced by Belgian studio nWave Pictures, The Queen's Corgi is about (as the name suggests) a corgi called Rex who is the favorite pet of the Queen of England. After an awkward encounter with Donald Trump (no, really), Rex finds himself lost, sent to a dog pound, and desperate to get back to the palace.
Queen Elizabeth II has a notable fondness for corgis since her childhood, and her habit of keeping corgis in residence at Buckingham Palace was the inspiration for the film. Sadly, the Queen's last full-bred corgis, Willow and Whisper, passed away in 2018 - though she does still have two "dorgis" (a cross-breed between corgis and dachshunds) called Vulcan and Candy. Unfortunately, The Queen's Corgi may not be the best tribute to the royal corgis' legacy.
The Queen's Corgi currently holds a 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes with 13 reviews counted, following its release in the UK and other European markets last week. The film has been a modest success at the box office so far, scoring the best first-day haul for an independent European animated film in France (per Variety). But while audiences have been drawn to the story of an adorable royal dog, reviewers have derided the movie for its tasteless humor and lack of imagination. Here's what the critics have to say.
Here’s a way to make all the adults watching your cutesy animation about a talking dog feel instantly uncomfortable: roll out the pun “grab them by the puppy”. The line is uttered by a cartoon Donald Trump, in what’s certainly the most bizarre segment of The Queen’s Corgi... And, no, it doesn’t make any more sense in context. What should have been an easy cash-in – cute pups with a splash of Anglophilia thrown in – has somehow morphed into something deeply unpleasant, and in no way suitable for children.
NWave Pictures have made a good looking animation but there is so much wrong with this film, it’s hard to know where to start... The Queen’s Corgi may not be the worst animated movie ever made but there aren’t enough cute dogs to disguise the fact that it’s a pretty unimaginative story that will definitely not age well.
This tale of a spoiled Buckingham Palace corgi who finds himself kicked out onto the streets and forced to slum it in a local pound is drawn in broad-stroke cliche, with plenty of tasteless moments that are often wildly inappropriate for its intended audience.
Don’t be fooled. It might sound like fun, and a splendid voice cast also includes Julie Walters as the Queen, plus Sheridan Smith and Ray Winstone. But there is infinitely more wit in even the feeblest Tom and Jerry cartoon. Indeed, some of the humour in The Queen’s Corgi is crass beyond belief. Children won’t understand it; parents will be bored by it. It is the antithesis of a good family film.
The pampered pooches of Buckingham Palace are the subject of this mangy mutt of a computer animation. Ben Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot’s movie has the facile characterisation and tired plotting of a budget children’s yarn, although “gags” about suppositories and Fight Club suggest they’re trying to ensnare parents too. Not if they’re this half-arsed, they won’t.
A lot of the negative reviews of The Queen's Corgi say that its humor as being ill-suited to the young target audience. For example, the inciting incident of the film is Rex trying to escape being sexually assaulted by Donald Trump's dog - a sequence that Screen Daily describes as "desperately uncomfortable." Parents who take their kids to see The Queen's Corgi may end up having to field some awkward questions afterwards.
There really aren't any positive reviews to balance out the negative, though reviewer Chris Hunnysett concluded that the film is "busy and simple enough to just about pass muster for the most undemanding of little kids." Ultimately, if you're looking to entertain young children with adventure films about beloved pets getting lost and finding their way home, you'll probably be better off digging up classics like Homeward Bound or Babe: Pig in the City.