A.R.C.H.I.E. 2 is an imaginative movie with a lovable cybernetic organism (or robot if you prefer) named A.R.C.H.I.E. that looks incredibly like a real dog—but he has amazing abilities including the power of speech! The dog is real with an “animated” mouth, so when you add the vocal abilities of Michael J. Fox, who has played various animals before, including Stuart Little, then you have one fun movie for the family to enjoy together.
This film is the sequel to the 2016 original debut of A.R.C.H.I.E. At the onset of this follow-up movie, Sydney (Sheldon Bergstrom) is in a small plane with Paul (Robin Dunne), who is taking flying lessons from A.R.C.H.I.E. We learn that Sydney has always had a desire to perform in a circus or carnival. He gets a chance but fails at everything—walking on stilts, juggling and fire-breathing. But then he gets the grand idea to be a ventriloquist with A.R.C.H.I.E. who can be his talking sidekick. He talks his canine friend into it and the act is the very thing that helps save the troubled carnival, which has been skating on thin ice due to a lack of ticket sales. While Max (David Milchard), the carnival’s owner, is ecstatic about the act’s popularity, there’s another problem that has surfaced. Someone has been putting a hand in the till. Who is it?
Despite the carnival’s success, A.R.C.H.I.E. has been contemplating deleting his hard drive and being rid of his special abilities so he can be a normal dog. And Max has been thinking about spending more time with his son Gregory (Will Allen Mitchell) and less time with the show. When someone attempts to steal the carnival’s money, the thief insists on a quick getaway with Paul flying the plane, and Gregory is taken for insurance. But when it is learned that Paul does not yet know how to land the plane, can A.R.C.H.I.E., also on board, reboot his system and get his powers back in time to save the intrepid little group? You will have to watch the movie to see. With its emphasis on following your dreams and spending quality time with those you love, this sequel is a winner that is destined to fly! And A.R.C.H.I.E. shows up at the end of the credits with a funny line and the hope of a possible third adventure.