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The Dog Who Saved Christmas -- 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.
The Dog Who Saved Christmas -- Trailer about this dog who gets left home alone


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29 November 2009 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Dean Cain ... Ted Stein

Gary Valentine ... George Bannister

Mario Lopez ... Zeus (voice)

Elisa Donovan ... Belinda Bannister

Sierra McCormick ... Kara Bannister

Charlie Stewart ... Ben Bannister

Joey Diaz ... Stewey McMann (as Joey Coco Diaz)

Mindy Sterling ... Grandma Bannister

Adrienne Barbeau ... Cat Lady
Lana ... Zeus

Michael Healey ... Dog Pound Dogs (voice)
Ilana Silverman ... Chegwee (voice)
Coley Feifer ... Mouse 1 / Young George (voice) (as Coley Michael Feifer)
Emma Feifer ... Mouse 2 (voice)

Joe Torry ... Perry Winkle

Tino Struckmann ... Franz

Michael Ciminera ... Officer 1

Richard Gnolfo ... Officer 2

Caia Coley ... Donna Jameson
Melissa Soltero ... Christmas Carol Leader
James Rodriguez Jr. ... Officer Steele (as James Rodriguez)

Michael Feifer ... Officer Billing

Diane Healey ... Georgie's Mom (voice)
Barry Barnholtz ... Jack
Anna Barnholtz ... Wendy
Jeffrey Schenck ... Neighbor 1
Aidan Schenck ... Neighbor 2
Ryan Schenck ... Neighbor 3
Jordan Schenck ... Neighbor 4

Directed by
Michael Feifer 
Writing credits
Jeffrey Schenck (story) &
Michael Ciminera (story) &
Richard Gnolfo (story)

Michael Ciminera (screenplay) &
Richard Gnolfo (screenplay)

Produced by
Barry Barnholtz .... executive producer
Michael Ciminera .... associate producer
Michael Feifer .... producer
Jerry Fruchtman .... executive producer
Peter Fruchtman .... executive producer
Richard Gnolfo .... associate producer
Diane Healey .... associate producer
Yaron Kaplan .... line producer
Zelma Kiwi .... executive producer
Jeffrey Schenck .... executive producer
Peter Sullivan .... co-producer
Original Music by
Andres Boulton 
Cinematography by
Hank Baumert Jr.  (as Hank Baumert)
Film Editing by
Bryan Roberts 
Matt Steinauer 
Casting by
Dean E. Fronk 
Donald Paul Pemrick 
Production Design by
Richard Calderon  (as Richard G. Calderon)
Art Direction by
Rosemary Calderon 
Costume Design by
Heather Hershman 
Makeup Department
Steve Corwin .... makeup assistant (as Steven Corwin)
Claudia Londoño .... key hair stylist (as Claudia Londono)
Claudia Londoño .... key makeup artist (as Claudia Londono)
Production Management
Will Santa Cruz .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yaron Kaplan .... first assistant director
Joe Moore .... second assistant director
Kenneth W. Thornton .... second unit director
Art Department
Rachel Ferrari .... graphic designer
Rachel Ferrari .... set dresser
Sound Department
Andres Boulton .... sound designer
Stacy Hill .... sound mixer: day player (as Stacey Hill)
Shawn Loesser .... production sound mixer (as Shawn Leosser)
Special Effects by
John Wrightson .... special effects artist
Visual Effects by
Michael F. Hoover .... digital artist
Allen Kelly .... digital colorist
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthew Castellitto .... grip: day player
Grant Culwell .... Steadicam operator
Grant Culwell .... grip
Brent Dilger .... gaffer
Brent Dilger .... provider: lighting services, Sage Lighting and Grip
Jeff Fry .... additional camera operator (as Jeffrey Fry)
Jeff Fry .... additional gaffer
Jeff Fry .... best boy electric (as Jeffrey Fry)
Liam Kibbutz .... rigging chief lighting technician
Matt Knudsen .... lamp operator (as Matthew Knudsen)
Jean-Pierre Marangokis .... best boy grip (as Jean-Pierre Marangakis)
Keith Morgan .... gaffer: day player
Matthew Newcomer .... lamp operator
James A. Seale .... key grip (as James Anthony Seale)
Kyle Stryker .... first assistant cameraman
Kenneth W. Thornton .... camera operator: "a" camera
Kenneth W. Thornton .... director of photography: second unit (as Kenny Thornton)
Jim Winston .... cameras: Wintech Video
Dan Zimmer .... still photographer
Casting Department
Eddie Jaszek .... casting assistant
Amy Nygaard .... casting assistant
Laura Obenaus .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Ian Boyd .... digital asset manager
Taylor D. Conroy .... on-line editor (as Taylor D Conroy)
Allen Kelly .... colorist: Da Vinci
Music Department
Chad Rehmann .... composer: additional music (as Chad M. Rehmann)
Transportation Department
Anastasia Levine .... transportation coordinator
Lauren Levine .... transportation captain
Juan Ventura .... provider: honeywagons, VJ's Studio Rentals
Other crew
Jeff Alves .... provider: production rentals & walkies, Line 204
Linda Andersson .... chef: Leave It Linda Catering
Perry R. Bloomer .... location representative: Cat Lady house
Arthur Bonner .... production coordinator
Liana Bryer .... executive assistant
Erika Canchola .... production attorney
Miguel Carrara .... chef assistant: Leave It Linda Catering
Barbara Casey .... representative: American Humane Society
Christopher Celentano .... key set production assistant (as Chris Celentano)
Alyssa Chan .... extra
Daisy Cool .... extra
Gina Cool .... extra
T.J. Cool .... extra
Sara Correa .... extra
Sabina Fischer .... insurance: De Witt Stern Insurance of California
Levon Gharibian .... extra
Philippe Goldstein .... production assistant
Amanda Gomez .... extra
Dawn DeBenedetto Maurer .... studio teacher
David O. Payne .... location representative: Bannister house (as David Payne)
Todd Colby Pliss .... studio teacher (as Todd Pliss)
Elsa Ramo .... production attorney
James Rodriguez Jr. .... animal trainer (as James Rodriguez)
Tara Sattler .... production legal intern
Jill Slattery .... extra (as Jillian Slattery)
Travis Wright .... extra
Dan Zimmer .... production assistant
Kate Barnholtz .... special thanks
Joe Camp .... special thanks
Anna Cordova .... special thanks
Marc Ferrari .... special thanks
Andrew Goldstein .... special thanks
Nan Catherine Hall .... special thanks
Michael Healey .... special thanks (as Mike Healey)
Michael Healey .... special thanks
Alan Kiwi .... special thanks
Kirsten Kiwi .... special thanks
Natalie Kiwi .... special thanks
Ruth Kiwi .... special thanks
Tamara Kiwi .... special thanks
Zelma Kiwi .... special thanks
Marilyn Lee .... special thanks
Tammy Maples .... special thanks
Alison Schenck .... special thanks
George Schenck .... special thanks
Ginna Schenck .... special thanks
Kirk Schenck .... special thanks
Jack Sullivan .... special thanks
Susan Sullivan .... special thanks (as Susan)
Michael Van Owen .... special thanks (as Mike Vanowen)

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Rated PG for some mild language and rude humor
89 min
USA:PG (certificate #45497)
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Revealing mistakes: Half of the time when the Bannister's vehicle is driving, it has a front license plate, the other 50% it does not have one.See more »
Movie Connections:
Followed by The Dog Who Saved Halloween (2011) (TV)See more »
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
ouch, 5 December 2012
Author: myspecialparadise from Hawaii

They'd have to tie me down, clamp my eyes open, and I would still avert my eyes from this loser. Totally boring, and, frankly, I am sick to death of seeing Dean Cain as the bad guy. He just doesn't suit the part. Unfortunately, he did suit the part of that creep that killed Stacey Peterson and her unborn child ... which pretty much destroyed his career.

The acting is OK, when thinking about the other parts ... but the movie is, as already mentioned, a rip-off of Home Alone, and not even a good rip-off. And, actually, the dog was not that great either. So, walk away and find something better to do with your time. Unless you like being bored. Bottom line is ... nothing special here excepting for the holiday decorations, and one other part mentioned below ... and whom among us want to watch a movie just to see a few good decoration?

Now, let us get to the part that infuriated me ... which is the part played by Elisa Donovan ... shame, shame! Why any woman would consider taking a part, such as this one, where a woman towers over the man, and basically treats him like a child ... well, shame, shame. However, seeing Adrienne Barbeau, as the cat lady, tickled me greatly. Adrienne usually plays the Hard Hearted Hanna roles, and to see her in this role was a lovely Christmas Surprise. We can use seeing more of her in the future ... she has been greatly missed!

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