Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero in Theaters April 13 + Reader Giveaway

Did you know that March 13 is National K9 Veterans Day, honoring the day when the U.S. military officially recruited its first Military Working Dog – then called the U.S. Army K9 Corps – in 1942? AND did you also know that, during the previous world war some 25 years earlier, a scrappy stray dog who was rescued off the streets by an American Soldier is widely considered the forerunner to the Military Working Dog program?

Well, meet Sgt. Stubby!

As documented in history books but largely forgotten today, the heartwarming CG-animated feature Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero from Fun Academy Studios, based on the incredible true story of the unbreakable bond between a young Soldier and a stray dog, is coming to theaters across the U.S. on April 13!

See the new trailer here:



For his valorous feats, Stubby is still recognized today as the first dog promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army, and the most decorated dog in American history! Set against the backdrop of America’s entry into World War I, this CG-animated feature shows the world that the greatest heroes can come from the unlikeliest of places.

Opening April 13 on approximately 3,000 screens across the U.S. and Canada and coinciding with the year-long 100th commemoration of the United States’ role in the “War to End All Wars,” Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero tells the story of Army “doughboy” Robert Conroy (Logan Lerman) whose life is forever changed when a little stray dog with a stubby tail wanders into a training camp in New Haven, Conn. Conroy gives his new friend a meal, a name, a family and the chance to embark on an adventure that would define a century.

Narrated by Robert’s sister Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter), Stubby and his new best friend quickly find themselves in the trenches of France. Befriended by French poilu Soldier Gaston Baptiste (Gérard Dépardieu), Stubby accompanies the duo along their epic journey through harsh conditions and incredible acts of courage.

The movie has a running time of 90 minutes and an anticipated MPAA rating of PG.

And don’t forget to check out the book Stubby the Dog Soldier: World War I Hero from Capstone for readers ages 5-7 by Blake Hoena and Illustrated by Oliver Hurst – a 2015 Notable Social Studies Trades Book for Young People selection from the National Council for the Social Studies & the Children’s Book Council.

Plus, check out the fun FREE ACTIVITY PACK at for more fun facts about Stubby plus some exciting activities, including making your own origami Stubby, a maze, coloring sheets and more!

You can follow along with the movie’s website and social media accounts while you’re waiting for the release:

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Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero marches into theaters April 13, 2018 – get your advance tickets HERE!

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Jinxy Kids will win a Sgt. Stubby prize pack including a copy of the hardcover book Stubby the Dog Soldier: World War I Hero! To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm ET on 4/2/18. Good luck!

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero Prize Pack Giveaway


  1. This is the first I have heard of this movie, so thank you for the review and opportunity to win the prize pack. My 2 daughter love anything dog related. I am totally going to take them to see this movie. Also, they will love this prize pack, especially the stuffed doggie! They are ages 3 and 5 years old. 🙂

  2. Shannon Baas says:

    I’d take my nephews.

  3. John Smith says:

    “Let us know who will enjoy this prize pack with you if you win and/or who you’ll take with you to see Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero when it hits theaters!” If I win I will enjoy watching it with other people, as yet to be determined!

  4. I would take my son.

  5. Abigail Gibson says:

    I plan on taking my nephew to see this.

  6. I would share with our girls and take our girls.

  7. Jeanna Massman says:

    I would love to win this for my grandson.

  8. Shakeia Rieux says:

    I would be sharing it with my nieces

  9. I will take my nieces to the theater to see this.

  10. Jeremy McLaughlin says:

    My nephew would love this.

  11. vickie couturier says:

    i would be taking my grandkids to see this

  12. I would enjoy this with my daughter.

  13. My daughter would love it!

  14. Audrey Stewart says:

    I will take my 2 nephews. We go to the movies together once a month.

  15. Sara Perrera says:

    My son would love this movie!

  16. My whole family would love this. I’d like to take them to go see it.

  17. Christina Sparks says:

    I would enjoy this with my kids.

  18. beth shepherd says:

    I would love to win and watch with my girls. Thank you

  19. I imagine any war movie is going to be too much for a kindergartner, but my daughter would love the stuffed dog!

  20. My kids would enjoy this prize pack. They love dogs, especially bulldogs.

  21. I’d like to see it with my mom and grandma.

  22. Jaque Richards says:

    My son! He will love this. 🙂 Thank you.

  23. Amanda Eagan says:

    We have a friend who is a veteran and a huge dog lover (and has a service ) would love to share this with him.

  24. Anita Duvall says:

    My daughter has two new foster babies who would love this and love to see the movie.

  25. Keri justice says:

    My 3 year old son would love this prize pack, especially the book!

  26. Shawn Stover says:

    my daughter

  27. Michelle Donovan says:

    Yes, I will take my daughter to see this movie. The prize pack would fit well in our household as we have an English bulldog

  28. I’d take the whole family

  29. I will take my grandkids to see it and they would love all the other things in the package

  30. Antoinette M says:

    I would take my daughter.

  31. I would be taking my 3 grandchildren to see this movie

  32. Azeem Isaahaque says:

    I would take my wife and son

  33. This movie looks cute!

  34. Melissa Cunningham says:

    my daughter would love this!, I know she would enjoy seeing this in theaters

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