At Yale University where the 102nd Infantry Regiment are training a small dog with a stubby tail wanders onto the grounds and changes the life of one soldier. World War I is threatening to erupt and everyone is on full alert. Robert Conroy (voiced by Logan Lerman) finds the dog, takes him in and names him Stubby. The two become inseperable.

As Conroy and his unit are assigned to France, Stubby, without any formal canine training, accompanies them. Ally and French soldier Gaston Baptiste (voiced by Gerard Depardieu) joins Conroy and Stubby as they move from one trench and dangerous area to another. All are asked to do things they never thought they would be capable of and that is doubly true of Stubby, who goes on to become the first dog promoted to the rank of Sergeant in U.S. Army history.

Who does not like a good animal story? Especially one about a dog being truly man’s best friend. Great demo of the man-dog bond. Also a great way to introduce some history to kids. Great animation and music.

A true story told via animation. The film covers a lot of ground and includes plenty of audience types – young, old, war buffs, animation fans and animal lovers. Despite the war going there is minimal dark moments. If you can believe it this is a war movie you could classify as cute.