PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie, based on the beloved 2013 series from Keith Chapman and Scott Kraft, is a sequel that expands enormously on the previous movie. The titular pups, led by Ryder (Finn Lee-Epp), continue to protect their city but this time are aided by meteor crystals that spread superpowers throughout Adventure Bay. The second PAW Patrol movie focuses on Skye (Mckenna Grace), whose insecurities about being the smallest member of the group make her more than amenable to her newfound powers.

Not only did the sequel shoot to first place in the box office but PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie is a hit with critics and children alike. Despite the additional focus on Skye, however, the movie remains an ensemble and also stars Taraji P. Henson as the villainous Victoria “Vee” Vance, Marsai Martin as long-haired dachshund Liberty, Christian Convery as German shepherd Chase, Ron Pardo as Mayor Humdinger, and Lil Rel Howery as news reporter Sam Stringer. The movie was directed by Cal Brunker from a screenplay he co-wrote with Bob Barlen.

Screen Rant spoke with Cal Brunker and Bob Barlen about the decision to focus on Skye’s growth throughout PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie, how the superhero story evolved over the course of various drafts, and which of the furry friends are their favorites this time around.

Screen Rant: Guys, congratulations. Biggest movie of the weekend. Critics love it. Most importantly, the fans and my daughter love it. And a third movie was announced before this one even came out. I hope you are feeling as awesome as that all sounds.

Can I ask when and how it was decided that the mighty pups and superpowers would be the theme of the sequel?

This movie ends with them becoming almost an established superhero team and promising to do right in the world and protect those in need. Does that mean, going forward, that’s the formula? That we expect these pups to be superheroes going forward?

Is it safe to say though, given how the Mighty Pups story is told in the film, the films are separate continuity-wise from the TV show?

I love how this film explored Skye’s origin tale and her journey of overcoming her feelings of being a superhero in so many ways. I am not afraid to say I teared up both times in the final set piece when she went to save the day. It was so well executed. Do you expect to focus on one character in the next story?

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