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The 12 Dogs of Christmas (2005)

 -  Family  -  1 November 2005 (USA)
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A girl who uses dogs to teach people about the true meaning of Christmas during the Depression.

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Emma O'Conner
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Cathy Stevens
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Mayor Nobel Doyle
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Woman in Furs
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Old Jake Charles
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A girl who uses dogs to teach people about the true meaning of Christmas during the Depression.

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The sidecar motorcycle ridden by the dog catchers is a modified Rokon (prounounced "Rock On") motorcycle. It is a 2-wheel drive motorcycle. See more »

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Above average direct-to-video family film
1 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every year there are several movies that pop up in stores that have the appearance of being quality family entertainment. Generally, most of them are disappointing at best. To my surprise, "The 12 Dogs of Christmas" isn't among the disappointments, though it does have its share of flaws.

Young Emma's father leaves her with her aunt in a small town that has just outlawed dogs. In an act of heroism, she rescues a puppy from the town's maniacal dogcatcher, and finds that she has a deep-rooted for canines. Along the way, she befriends the town's supposedly crazy "dog lady" and her son, as well as the local coach, a Russian dog-sledder and her initially angry aunt. In the process, she also makes enemies of the mean-spirited dogcatcher and his brother, the town's mayor. Yes, some of the characters are cookie-cutter, and the results are more than predictable. However, the movie uses the characters' -- and the viewers' -- love for dogs to bring about some very warm and pleasant results.

After viewing, we realized we enjoyed this movie enough to add this DVD to our holiday collection. I recommend it in the best spirit of a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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