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The Dog Who Saved Christmas (2009)

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The Bannister family's new addition, Zeus (voiced by Mario Lopez of TV's SAVED BY THE BELL), the yellow Labrador, appears to be less than the dependable guard dog the family needs. However,... See full summary »

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George Bannister
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Stewey McMann (as Joey Coco Diaz)
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Grandma Bannister
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Chegwee (voice)
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Mouse 1 / Young George (voice) (as Coley Michael Feifer)
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Perry Winkle
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The Bannister family's new addition, Zeus (voiced by Mario Lopez of TV's SAVED BY THE BELL), the yellow Labrador, appears to be less than the dependable guard dog the family needs. However, when two burglars set out to break into the Bannister's home while they're away for Christmas, Zeus seizes the chance to be a hero, proving every dog - even this one - has his day. Dean Cain (TV's LOIS & CLARK), Gary Valentine (TV's THE KING OF QUEENS), Elisa Donovan (CLUELESS, TV's SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH), Mindy Sterling (AUSTIN POWERS), and Adrienne Barbeau (MAUDE, CARINVALE) also lend their voices in this heart-warming animated holiday movie. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for some mild language and rude humor
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The police car and the robbers van have the same exact license plate. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation (2010) See more »

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Jingle Bells
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Arranged by Marc Ferrari and Pete Surdoval
Performed by Marc Dauenhauer
Published by Red Engine Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari / Mastersource
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Home Alone goes to the dogs
29 November 2009 | by (Redondo Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

Since this movie makes absolutely no effort in concealing it's a knock off of Home Alone, I guess you can let it get away with it. The only difference is, an ex K9 cop named Zeus takes the place of Kevin.

Done on a low budget, and clearly aimed at dog lovers. It's upbeat and silly, and uses slapstick comedy in every scene. Some of the humor is middle school level and below: dog drinking from a toilet, a guy who passes gas a lot, and one character that's a poor man's annoying version of Fred Flintstone. The one scene that echoes the booby traps of Home Alone is fleeting; there's only so much a pup can do, after all. The baddies here are as dumb as the burglars from H. A.

Acting isn't bad, considering how the characters are written. Mario Lopez's voice-over work for Zeus is OK, although the low budget only allows Zeus to be staring at somebody as we hear his thoughts. Oh, Zeus never barks, and the reason is predictable. But it doesn't matter that everything is obvious; this is just some playful silliness for its own sake. Fun enough for a viewing, if you're going to be home (alone or not).


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