Gender Roles - Women
Gender Roles - Men
Self-Esteem and Body Image
Gender Roles - Women: 3 Stars
Corporal Lloyd is a confident, career-minded young woman who is dedicated to serving her country. She strongly believes in the work she does and aims to make the new defense program a success. Although she is a relatively minor character, we learn just enough about her to like her, and to wish she had a larger role.
Gender Roles - Men: 4 Stars
Danny is a terrific example of a male hero with relatable human fears and vulnerabilities. He’s afraid of dogs and is even portrayed as a bit clumsy and awkward. But his confidence and skill improve in the Army, and he eventually becomes something of a hero both overseas and in the eyes of the woman he’s come to love.
Danny is initially bullied by one of the other soldiers in his unit, an aggressive character named Mitch. Mitch refuses to show any kind of weakness or sensitivity during training, but over time, even he softens and shows his sensitive side. Mitch and Danny never actually come to blows, and despite their differences, they even learn to respect and support each other during combat.
Self-Esteem and Body Image: 4 Stars
Corporal Lloyd comes across as both professional and authoritative in her standard military uniform. he is firm proof that women can be attractive and empowered at the same time. And that it doesn’t take designer dresses or jewelry to create a charismatic and appealing leading lady.
Room for Improvement:
Plot: 3 Stars
This is ultimately the story of the bond between a World War II soldier and the dog that fights beside him. Corporal Lloyd has only a small role, but is still given the opportunity to help Danny and Chips prove themselves when it matters most. She puts her own career on the line to support their hard work, and it pays off in the end.
Character Development: 1 Star
We aren’t given any background on Corporal Lloyd. We don’t know anything about her family - where she comes from or where she’s headed when the war ends. We aren’t given any clues as to what drove her to serve her country. But we can see that she’s a smart, caring soldier - and we even see some small changes in her as her relationship with Danny grows. She learns to take risks that she wouldn't have taken before she met him, and she learns to trust her instincts as much as the Army's rigid rules.
Love: 2 Stars
The love story between Danny and Corporal Lloyd is simple, but touching. It serves its purpose as the background for the larger story. It’s fairly devoid of substance, but is still a positive example of a budding romance.
A young man named Danny joins the Army during World War II and is assigned to participate in a new Department of Defense program, training dogs for combat missions. Danny is afraid of dogs, but eventually develops a strong bond with a misfit dog named Chips. Danny and Chips are removed from the program after a series of mishaps, but when all the other dogs fall sick right before a crucial performance, it is up to Danny and Chips to convince the politicians in Washington that dogs can serve their country as honorably as men and women.
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