MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 7,161 this week

The Dog Who Saved the Holidays (2012)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy  -  4 December 2012 (USA)
5.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.4/10 from 91 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 3 critic

The Bannisters are back with a new family addition - a mischievous pup named Eve. Watch as everyone's favorite dog, Zeus, learns to love his new sister and take down some bumbling thieves.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available now. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 118 titles
created 13 May 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 07 Oct 2012
 
a list of 57 titles
created 02 Nov 2012
 
a list of 89 titles
created 25 Nov 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Dog Who Saved the Holidays (TV Movie 2012)

The Dog Who Saved the Holidays (TV Movie 2012) on IMDb 5.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Dog Who Saved the Holidays.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

12 Wishes of Christmas (TV Movie 2011)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A woman must set things right, when a mysterious lady named Noel grants her 12 wishes and they magically come true for Christmas.

Director: Peter Sullivan
Stars: Elisa Donovan, Gabrielle Carteris, Fred Willard
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Ally (Emmanuelle Vaugier of TV's TWO AND A HALF MEN, TV's CSI: NY) is a smart young career woman who needs a new job. Samantha (Cynthia Gibb of FAME, GYPSY) is a busy Beverly Hills ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Feifer
Stars: Emmanuelle Vaugier, Dean Cain, Richard Ruccolo
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The story of two childhood friends who have grown apart and are suddenly thrust back into each others lives when a parent develops cancer. They join forces to find the cure but soon realize their lives are danger if they expose the truth.

Director: Brian Skiba
Stars: Holly Lynch, John Savage, Dean Cain
A Christmas Wedding Tail (TV Movie 2011)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

It's love at first sight when Rusty the Labrador and Cheri the Poodle meet one day while jogging in the park. Even better- their owners fall in love too! But love is more complicated for ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Feifer
Stars: Jay Mohr, Jennie Garth, Nikki Cox
Hit List (2011)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Charlotte is a woman with anger management issues whose therapist suggests she write a journal to keep her emotions in check. Unlucky in love, she ventures online to find a boyfriend. Just ... See full summary »

Director: Minh Collins
Stars: Shirly Brener, Joseph Lawrence, Andrea Evans
A Sister's Nightmare (TV Movie 2013)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Police officer Jane Rydert's life goes into a tailspin the day her older sister, Cassidy, shows up at her door after sixteen years of confinement in a psychiatric hospital.

Director: Vic Sarin
Stars: Kelly Rutherford, Natasha Henstridge, Peyton List
Man Camp (2013)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Attempting to compete for the love of a beautiful woman, a self-declared sissy joins a man camp that "transforms boys into men," only to discover it's run by his dream girl's macho boyfriend.

Director: Brian Brightly
Stars: Anastasia Baranova, Dean Cain, Mariel Hemingway
Meant to Be (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A young man searches for his mother and discovers God's plan for him.

Director: Bradley Dorsey
Stars: Bradley Dorsey, Erika Eleniak, Erin Sossamon
In Gayle We Trust (TV Series 2009)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Nestled somewhere in the middle of America, Maple Grove is populated with a host of colorful characters, and they all turn to one person for insurance needs, counseling and much much more. ... See full summary »

Stars: Elisa Donovan, Sarah Taylor, Todd Waring
Hitched for the Holidays (TV Movie 2012)
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An attractive pair agrees to be each others supposed significant other throughout the holidays to keep their meddling families at bay.

Director: Michael Scott
Stars: Joseph Lawrence, Emily Hampshire, Linda Darlow
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Paul Sorvino
Stars: Laurence Leboeuf, Paul Sorvino, Glynnis O'Connor
Tumor & Gooch (2011)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Tony Swansey
Stars: Colin Blake, Tony Cox, Jessica Culaciati
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
George Bannister
...
...
Eve (voice)
...
Zeus (voice) (as Joey Lawrence)
...
Ned
...
Aunt Barbara / Airport Cat (voice)
...
Stewey (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
...
Tony Rowe
...
Grandma
...
...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John K. Anderson ...
Richie (as John Kermit Anderson)
Anna Barnholtz ...
Kelly
Barry Barnholtz ...
Cousin Randy
Edit

Storyline

The Bannisters are back with a new family addition - a mischievous pup named Eve. Watch as everyone's favorite dog, Zeus, learns to love his new sister and take down some bumbling thieves.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

dog | six word title | christmas | See All (3) »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild rude humor and some language
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 December 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gabe, un amour de chien  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Just The Beat Of My Heart
Written by: Scott Nickoley, Jamie Dunlap, Stephen Lang
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good, but not great, holiday fun
4 January 2013 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

In snowy Connecticut, former police dog Zeus is so happy that his family is going to Malibu, California for Christmas. He lives with George and Belinda Bannister, who have been married 20 years as of Dec. 26 and have two children and one on the way. Zeus can talk, at least to other animals and the audience. Belinda's mother, who wishes Belinda would come be with her for the holidays, can't understand him. Maybe it's just as well. You wouldn't want to use the phone after he answered it.

George's brother Barbara has been married several times. Now she is a widow whose husband has left her a fabulous house. She competes with a cranky neighbor Ned to see who can put up the best Christmas decorations.

Ted and Stewey have a dog grooming service which is not doing too well. And they are in debt to loan shark Tony Rowe, who insists on being paid by Christmas Eve OR ELSE. If they can't come up with the money, he will accept the very valuable star rumored to be on top of Barbara's Christmas tree.

Dumb and Dumber, as Rowe calls them, set up a listening device which appears to work very well, as it can hear what is going on in several different rooms. They stake out the place as the family celebrates.

This film is apparently a sequel, as the guys have met Zeus and the Bannisters before and can't believe they've encountered them again this far away.

The first gift to be opened is a puppy named Mimi, a yellow lab like Zeus. Zeus is reluctant to accept competition, as he has always been George's best friend. But everyone just loves Mimi (who can also talk, at least to other animals and the viewers). And while Zeus covers for Mimi's bad behavior, Mimi also gets credit for something good Zeus actually did. And then Mimi does something so terrible--for which Zeus gets blamed--that Zeus gets banished to a fenced-in area. There, he meets other animals who can communicate with him.

Meanwhile, Belinda believes George has forgotten their anniversary, and she has reason to believe he is cheating. At the very least, he doesn't make an effort to be romantic, and if he doesn't know what to do on his own, she's not going to tell him.

What happens next is kind of a low-budget "Home Alone"--very little excitement compared to that masterpiece of slapstick, but still a few laughs.

This is not exactly a Christmas classic. Two actors do stand out. Elisa Donovan, who looks too pretty to be celebrating 20 years of marriage, really rises above the material she is given. And Joey Diaz as "Dumber" actually comes across as pretty smart, and does a better job as a bumbling villain than partner Dean Cain. Jack Scalia does a good job too as the evil loan shark. I just wish Cain had been a good guy because for the most part, he just doesn't have the ability to play a villain. That's not to say he doesn't have some good scenes. Gary Valentine as George does reasonably well. And the actors doing animal voices other than the dogs are pretty good. As for the dogs, their voice actors are not that special.

The dogs seem really intelligent. I'm referring to the canine actors, of course. The characters are geniuses.

It's a family film, but not squeaky clean. It does have some bathroom humor and, while not explicit, does have some adult discussions about relationships between married people. Kids might get bored with George and Belinda's problems. Plus there are threatening situations for the dogs, but nothing too serious--I mean, look who we're dealing with. Still, it has to be geared toward kids because let's face it: most of the dialogue is apparently intended just for them.

This movie should get credit for one thing: acknowledging the true meaning of Christmas. The kids don't want to go to church on Christmas Eve, but Belinda insists and George goes along.

There seems to be an epidemic of movies where Elisa Donovan has a dog and doesn't want to spend Christmas with her mother, in which Michael Gross plays a Scrooge. Keep in mind, though, how Scrooge turned out.

It's probably worth seeing. If you like the formula of heroic pets and bumbling villains.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A 4th! brailsford
Discuss The Dog Who Saved the Holidays (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?