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At the North Pole, Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves are always busy. But, they also have a canine crew to help make Christmas wishes come true, Paws and Mrs. Paws. Now comes more golden helpers, with the arrival of four puppies. The three girl pups, Charity, Hope, and Jingle, join their only brother in classes taught by elves. You see, it will be the puppies future job to spread holiday cheer to communities and to reward unique wishes with the help of magic crystals. But, these little doggies have a great deal to learn, so no crystals yet. Naturally, they are too impatient. So, when Mrs. Claus (Cheryl Ladd) loads up a sleigh for an advent trip to the joyous community of Pineville, the puppies sneak on board AND pilfer an elf's stone. Once in the village, Mrs. Claus is mistaken for a new nanny for widower Thomas Reynolds (George Newborn) and his two kids, Sarah (Kaitlyn Maher) and her older brother, Carter (Josh Feldman). Having recently lost his wife, Mr. Reynolds is trying to make do by continuing a cheery radio program with help from his talented, singing daughter. But, alas, big brother is very much NOT in the holiday mood, still missing his mother greatly. Thus, the stage is set. Out come the pups and one of the first folks they run into is young Reynolds. As the boy opens his mouth to speak, the crystal is stroked to ensure a wish is granted. Right you are, the wish is for the Christmas spirit to vanish from the town! What have these puppies done and can it be corrected? As the "grumpy attitude" spreads like a cold from person to person, will Pineville have a dreadful season? This is a nice film for families, with darling canines and a good cast. Ladd, Newborn, and especially the very talented youngster Maher are quite fine and Maher can sing like a wee angel. Danny Woodburn is terrific as elf Eli. Also, the look of the film is lovely, with a sophisticated art direction, and it also has an enjoyable, funny tale. On top of it all, there are the adorable dogs who steal scenes and hearts. The only problem this viewer can see is not everyone enjoys musicals, with songs being sung to the interruption of the action. Nonetheless, most extended families will consider this a nice diversion for the holidays and "pause" to include it in an evening's get-together.
This movie is all about some pups being taught some lessons since
birth. Some of the lessons make them curious like the one about some
magic crystals. They think that they are ready to be like their dad so
they steal one from Eddie (the elf dog). At the same time Mrs. Claus is
flying to town so they hitch a ride and want to try to grant wishes.
They give some good wishes, but then they accidentally grant a very bad
wish, and everyone starts to lose their Christmas spirit.
The main characters in the movie are Mrs. Claus, Eli (Santa's head Elf), The Reynolds family and the pups. My favorite character is Mrs. Claus because she cares a lot about others and loves all the Christmas spirit in the world. She is really good with kids and shows them all about Christmas spirit. I also really like the pups because they want to grant wishes, but it doesn't work out so well, so they have to help save Christmas for the world.
My favorite part in the movie is all the singing. I love movies that have a lot of music in them and I think that helps to make them more enjoyable to others too. The best musical number in the movie is when Mrs. Claus is in jail with some people she met and sings a really good song. It is so good it has been stuck in my head for three days! It makes me want to see the movie over and over again until I memorize the words.
I recommend this movie for all ages because it is a really good movie and I think everyone will like it. It has mostly singing that is all about Christmas, joy and cheer. I guess that there were some things that just might scare you but I think you will be alright. It is a really great holiday movie. Go out and buy this movie on DVD and Blu-ray now! Anthony Aranda, age 10, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
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Disney continues their "Air Buddies" franchise with "Santa Paws 2: The
Santa Pups" this Christmas. After sitting through several of these
movies, I can tell you that most of the time they aren't made for
parents at all. I refer to these types of movies as "babysitters." You
play them for the kids and exit the room immediately. That being said,
I found this holiday entry into the series tolerable and easier to
The Santa Pups sneak a ride on Mrs. Claus's sled as she heads to Pineville. Once they get to the town, they start granting the wishes of the children there. Unfortunately, one wish goes awry and Pineville's Christmas Spirit begins disappearing. Mrs. Claus and the Santa Pups must find a way to save the town and bring back Christmas Spirit to its citizens and the rest of the world.
It's easier for me to tolerate these ridiculously cute movies when they're wrapped in Christmas paper. I'm a sucker for anything that has to do with the holiday. "Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups" is also made watchable thanks to the fact that it doesn't lean as heavily on the animals like most of the "Air" and "Santa" Buddies movies do. The humans are involved in the storyline to a greater degree, making it easier for adults to identify with.
Cheryl Ladd stars as Mrs. Claus and pours her heart and soul into the role. It's hard to believe a Charlie's Angel is playing Santa's wife. George Newbern portrays a widowed father whose son has lost his Christmas Spirit. Most people will recognize him as Bryan MacKenzie in the "Father of the Bride" films. Danny Woodburn returns to the role of Eli the elf which he brought to life in the first "Santa Buddies" movie and its sequel, "The Search for Santa Paws."
The "Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups" will bring holiday cheer to boys and girls everywhere. Although some parents might find it difficult to sit through these movies, rest assured this one is easier to take in. One thing you can count on is it's appropriate for any age child and perfect for family night in front of a fire with the dim light of your Christmas tree in the background.
This is a lovely Christmas film, full of the Christmas spirit and
Being Disney, there are some things that you expect, like a good story, with decent actors and actresses, and special effects that give Disney it's magical touch. You will not be disappointed in this movie. Unlike the lower budget movies where the animals talk without moving their mouths or even directing their speech, here you'll believe dogs and reindeer can speak. The voice actors carry the script and characterisation off very well
The secondary human actors also do a great job. To be honest I only watched this movie to see how Cheryl Ladd (Mrs. Clause) was doing, as she's a favourite actress of mine but I've not seen her in anything for a while. She's still beautiful - lucky Santa - and still a good actress. Her portrayal as the loving Mrs Clause was spot on.
Even though, this is a musical I found that the songs weren't too grating and the actress playing Sarah Reynolds, Kaitlyn Maher, has a wonderful voice.
I really enjoyed this tale and would recommend it to all, young and old alike.
Well, first - hallelujah! This is a Christmas movie that actually
mentions, if only obliquely, the REAL reason for Christmas! No, not
jolly family get-togethers and being nice to strangers and animals, but
Christ! Although, as I say, the mentions are very oblique and shouldn't
offend any atheists.
Second - oops! Kids and adults alike will be confused by this movie. Kids will be confused because the little girl playing the lead role, Sarah (who has a dad), is the same actor who played the lead in the first Santa Paws movie - only in that one, she played an orphan called Quinn. Sarah looks precisely the same as Quinn (perhaps a year or so older), and has an absolutely indistinguishable character from Quinn (naive and cuuuuuute).
Adults will be confused because one of the three erstwhile sexy Charlie's Angels, Cheryl Ladd, plays a relatively glamorous but unmistakably matronly Mrs Claus.
Otherwise - the plot is predictable and clichéd, but bearable. And the pups, of course, are gorgeous. Oh - and this time, the majority of them (three out of four) are ... prepare for a shock ... FEMALE. Disney must finally be learning. Took them long enough ...
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