If you thought ‘PAW Patrol’ was cancelled, you were wrong. If you think they are all set to come back with ‘PAW Patrol’ Season 8 in 2021, then you are damn right.
Created by Keith Chapman, the Canadian CGI-animated action-adventure preschool series ‘PAW Patrol‘ premiered on Nickelodeon on 12 August 2013. The show follows a 10-year-old boy named Ryder and his crew of search and rescue canines, who portray professions like a firefighter, aviator, handyman. With over 167 episodes in its seven-season run, ‘PAW Patrol’ has consistently received high ratings on Nickelodeon.
- The cultural impact of ‘PAW Patrol’
- ‘PAW Patrol’: A survivor of the cancel culture
- ‘PAW Patrol’ Season 8: Release date, plot, and everything you need to know
The cultural impact of ‘PAW Patrol’
The show is no longer “just a kid’s show”. ‘PAW Patrol’ gained popularity among various celebrities and public figures. During the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, TV host Jimmy Kimmel praised Ryder and his team of puppies for always saving the day. In his 2017 speech, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned the ‘PAW Patrol’ characters by name, calling himself and his kids big fans of the show. Even Justin Timberlake named Chase as his favourite ‘PAW Patrol’ member on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’.
After news of police brutality against George Floyd took the media by storm, a cultural reckoning started happening. The depiction of law enforcement and police in entertainment was brought under the microscope, evaluating its impact on our ability to think and respond critically to these burning issues. As a result, the ‘PAW Patrol’ was also under increased scrutiny. With activists calling for defunding police across the United States, TV shows revolving around law enforcement were facing the brunt of it. ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ cancelled their plans for season 8, while shows like ‘Live PD’ and ‘COPS’ were cancelled altogether. So is the future of ‘PAW Patrol’ in jeopardy?
‘PAW Patrol’: A survivor of cancel culture
Rumours surrounding ‘PAW Patrol’ Season 8 started doing rounds when White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany suggested at a press conference that alongside ‘Live PD’ and ‘COPS’, ‘PAW Patrol’ was also axed, as part of the dreaded cancel culture. Things got so serious that the ‘PAW Patrol’ makers had to address the issue officially on Twitter – “No need to worry. PAW Patrol is not cancelled”.
‘PAW Patrol’ officially hush cancellation rumours on Twitter
Thus, ‘PAW Patrol’ is not cancelled. It gloriously survived the cancel culture, but keeping in mind the cultural upheaval and evolving consumer behaviour, the makers surely have to tread carefully going forward. Although ‘PAW Patrol’ survived cancellation, it is unclear if efforts were actually made to shut it down. Nevertheless, whoever made the effort was clearly unsuccessful. ‘PAW Patrol’ was renewed for season 8 on February 19, 2020. Not just that, a feature film titled ‘PAW Patrol: Jet To The Rescue’ is also scheduled for theatrical release on 10 September 2021.
‘PAW Patrol’ Season 8: Release date, plot, and everything you need to know
Adventure Bay is all set for a brand-new series of action-packed rescue missions. Yes, ‘PAW Patrol’ Season 8 has been confirmed. The new season will feature 26 half-hour episodes, just like ‘PAW Patrol’ Season 7. Following the adventures of Ryder and his team of puppies – Chase, Rubble, Marshall, Skye, Rocky, Zuma, Everest, and Tracker – ‘PAW Patrol’ Season 8 full episodes will hopefully be available for viewing in 2021. However, ‘PAW Patrol’ Season 8 release date hasn’t been officially announced.
As for the plot, the makers have to be extra sensitive towards the growing consumer consciousness. Ryder and the pups will be facing new challenges to protect their Adventure Bay community, once again proving “no job is too big, no pup is too small”. Spin Master Entertainment will continue to produce ‘PAW Patrol’ Season 8.
Airing in over 160 countries, in 30 different languages, the series has managed to appeal to ‘PAW Patrol’ fanatics all over the world. Fortunately, the ‘PAW Patrol’ Season 8 fandom will definitely breathe a sigh of relief now that the show is all set to release in 2021. Which ‘PAW Patrol’ character are you? Go wild in the comments below!