Since premiering on Nickelodeon in 2013, the Canadian-produced cartoon series “PAW Patrol” has succeeded in gluing the eyes of many a tot to their TV or computer screens.With the arrival of “PAW Patrol: The Movie” (Paramount), the titular rescue crew of pups bring their adventures to a multiplex near you. The result is a breezy, tenderhearted film suitable for all.

Led by preteen boy Ryder (voice of Will Brisbin), the team has traditionally served the small community of Adventure Bay. But when their longtime nemesis, egotistical politician Humdinger (voice of Ron Pardo), is corruptly elected mayor of the much-larger Adventure City, Ryder and his friends are summoned to the metropolis to cope with the series of potential disasters to which his incompetent scheming gives rise.Kids love them because the puppies are cute, brave, and capable. Also, like a boy band, the group is varied enough that each child can find one to identify with or pick as a favorite. Like the stories that children have loved for as long as there have been stories, "PAW Patrol" is about young characters triumphing when grown-ups are hostile or ineffectual. Instead of witches and giants, the menace is Mayor Humdinger (Ron Pardo), who looks like the guy on the Monopoly Community Chest cards. He is a childish, egotistical, election-rigging big city boss who wants his building to be the tallest and refuses to listen to experts or scientists. I wonder how they come up with these wild ideas! 

To supersize the PAW Patrol for the big screen and make it more palatable to parents, there are some upgrades in the voice talent. "Black-ish" star Marsai Martin is the highlight of the film as Liberty, a city dog and PAW Patrol fangirl who calls in the pups when Humdinger impetuously sets all of his inaugural celebration fireworks at once. Liberty, who longs to join the Patrol, helps address the series' gender imbalance, previously just one female dog. A number of celebrities, some with young children who are likely fans of the show, provide voices as well, with Jimmy Kimmel as newscaster Marty Muckraker, Martin's "Black-ish" co-star Yara Shahidi as a climate scientist, Dax Shepard and Randall Park as Humdinger's bickering henchmen, Tyler Perry as a truck driver who needs a rescue, Adam Levine on the soundtrack, and Kim Kardashian West as (what else) a pampered poodle. 


There, they gain the help of Liberty (voice of Marsai Martin), an enthusiastic dachshund with an abundance of local knowledge. But their tasks are complicated by the self-doubts troubling Chase (voice of Iain Armitage), the German shepherd who serves as their policeman.


The script, on which director Cal Brunker collaborated with Billy Frolick and Bob Barlen, carries built-in lessons about the nature of heroism and the value of cooperation. Accompanying adults will recognize a subplot they include pitting clueless Humdinger against well-informed scientist Kendra Wilson (voice of Yara Shahidi) over a meteorological issue as a parable about climate change.


Really objectionable elements are nil. But the very smallest movie fans might be frightened by the dangerous situations our brave band — which also includes firedog Marshall (voice of Kingsley Marshall), aviator Skye (voice of Lilly Bartlam) and hardhat Rubble (voice of Keegan Hedley) — is called upon to resolve.


Cuddly for kids and pleasant for parents, this extension of a hugely successful franchise recalls the charm of puppies cavorting in a pet shop window. And yes, Patti Page, thanks to global merchandising, that doggie sure is for sale.  


The film contains characters in peril and brief, extremely mild scatological humor. The Catholic News Service classification is A-I — general patronage. The Motion Picture Association rating is G — general audiences. All ages admitted.