Oddball DVD Review

DVD Review by Jon E Clist

The Premise
The true story about an eccentric chicken farmer (Shane Jacobson) who, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a wild penguin sanctuary from fox attacks and in the process tries to reunite his family and save their seaside town.

The Review
There is a massive market out there for nice clean family friendly films. There are certainly times when you want to take your family out to the movies and know that you won’t have to sit there explaining things that aren’t age appropriate. Having said that, the film companies in general have realized this and certainly release a good level of nice films. Sure these aren’t films that will challenge you or even sit with you for long periods of time after viewing, however they are an enjoyable safe watch.

Oddball has plenty of laughs and feel good moments that will keep the story flicking along. The acting is solid and even above the level you would expect for a film of this style. Then again, it is always rather amazing the cast that nice family films tend to attract. I am thinking of movies like The Blindside, We Bought A Zoo or Dolphin Tale and so on. I love seeing Shane Jacobson in another slightly eccentric role like that of Kenny (The Portaloo Technician). Between him and the crazy naughty title character of Oddball the dog, there are plenty of silly romps that will appeal to most people of all ages.

The Verdict
Lively fun film based on a surprisingly delightful true story that will make for a great family outing.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 27th April 2016
Rating: G
Duration: 95 minutes 
Genre:  Family
Starring: Alan Tudyk, Sarah Snook, Coco Jack Gillies and Shane Jacobson
Director: Stuart McDonald (Debut Feature Film)

The Extras
Oddball was partly filmed in Warrnambool, Victoria.


In real life Swampy's wife wasn't dead and he accomplished what he did with his 9 year old daughter, not granddaughter.