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The Dog Who Saved Halloween (2011)

Zeus & the Bannisters have moved into a new house, just in time for Halloween! Everything seems to be going well until they notice strange lights and sounds coming from neighbor Eli's (... See full summary »

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Peter Sullivan

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Jeffrey Schenck (story), Peter Sullivan (story) | 5 more credits »
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Gary Valentine ... George Bannister
Dean Cain ... Ted Stein
Elisa Donovan ... Belinda Bannister
Lance Henriksen ... Eli Cole
Joey Lawrence ... Zeus (voice) (as Joseph Lawrence)
Mayim Bialik ... Medusa (voice)
Joey Diaz ... Stewey McMan
Curtis Armstrong ... Max
Kayley Stallings ... Kara Bannister
Brennan Bailey ... Ben Bannister
Louis Mandylor ... Kent
Kristen Miller ... Monique
Mindy Sterling ... Grandma
Robert Catrini ... Mr. Weagle
Lynn Milano Lynn Milano ... Mrs. Weagle
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Zeus & the Bannisters have moved into a new house, just in time for Halloween! Everything seems to be going well until they notice strange lights and sounds coming from neighbor Eli's (Lance Henriksen) house. George (Gary Valentine) takes it upon himself to find out what is going on, and enlists the help of an unlikely pair (lead by Dean Cain). After the trio and George's wife Belinda (Elisa Donovan) get trapped in the spooky house, only Zeus is left to save Halloween! Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for some mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 2011 (USA) See more »

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Halloween Dog See more »

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Followed by The Dog Who Saved the Holidays (2012) See more »

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Dancing Ghoul
Written by Dana Ferandelli
Published by Fair and Deli Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Creative Musical Services
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Was this Halloween really worth saving?
16 October 2016 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

Ted and Stewey are out of jail. George, Belinda, Zeus and the kids are the new neighbors and it is all they can do to keep from seeming weird. For example, George is out with Zeus the dog, who is scared of thunder, and as a result, George makes a mess of neighbor Eli's Halloween decorations. And the whole neighborhood witnesses George's shame. Eli is a creepy old man resembling Christopher Lloyd with a mean dog Medusa, who never seems to interact with others and appears to have mysterious things going on in his house.

In addition to breaking Eli's Halloween decorations, George appears to have broken something else because he is walking around with a cast or something on his leg and using a cane. For some odd reason, he can get around just fine to investigate the mystery of Eli Cole, but he can't go to work. Belinda goes to work and the kids go to school, leaving George and Zeus to get themselves in various situations.

And what about Ted and Stewey? It is the job of demanding Chloe Cloverfield to see that they do everything right or they're going back to jail. And not for a short time, if she has anything to say about it. Their first job? Cleaning up at a dog park. Apparently this job is done for you if you bring your dog, so you don't have to do it yourself.

George finds his way into Eli's house with Zeus. Eli is not too happy about the situation, but he is friendly in his own creepy way. He doesn't reveal too much other than the fact he is a college professor, but George knows some generators have been stolen from a local power plant and he has seen similar looking equipment delivered to Eli's house.

The neighborhood watch meeting goes pretty much as one might expect. The neighbors aren't any more impressed with the Bannisters than they were the other night. By the way, the gorgeous Monique has lost her beloved black cat Rufus. And one has to wonder how the nerdy web designer Max ended up married to HER?

So how will George solve the mystery? There is another attempt to investigate with his kids. But it's not enough. As you might expect, he takes Zeus to the dog park, where he meets you-know-who. Stewey wants to go straight and become a butcher, but Ted believes he can't succeed in life without doing something illegal which he knows he can get away with if he can just escape afterward. While in yoga class (another of Cloverfield's requirements) they discuss the details, much to the dismay of the instructor, while an actual dog does downward dog.

The big Halloween party is the Bannisters' next chance to impress the neighbors. But what is George doing? You guessed it. So now we'll finally find out what the big mystery is and have some fun along the way.

This is a kids' movie. There are numerous jokes involving bodily functions (both human and dog), some cartoon violence that includes incidents which could kill a person in real life, and one scene where Monica is showing too much of her chest. But it's appropriate family viewing. It would have to be because no one but kids under 12 could possibly be that impressed with it.

Joey Diaz is a great moron who gives the standout performance as Stewey. Dean Cain has done better in his career but he's entertaining enough.

Lance Henriksen gives a quality performance (for this material), at least in his first scenes with George, just creepy enough but not truly scary, so there's no concern for the kids.

Elisa Donovan is the voice of reason and out of the remaining actors playing humans comes the closest to giving a good performance.

Ariana George as Shelley the Spider, Eli's pet, gives us an interesting performance. Only other animals can hear her. Mayim Bialik as Medusa is also pretty good, more angry Blossom than shy scientist Amy.

Zeus is well trained, but his voice actor is nothing to write home about, except in one memorable scene where the dog tries on Halloween costumes.

Mindy Sterling (as Grandma) is not Lily Tomlin. There is a resemblance but Tomlin is better.

The visual effects are effective but not too scary for kids. Eli's house is appropriately scary with moving suits of armor, paintings with eyes that move, and the other kids' horror movie stereotypes.

As for the solution to the big mystery, and the heroic deed of Zeus: only kids will be impressed. The only reason for the movie's name is to connect it with what appear to be numerous sequels to the first one. I can hardly wait.

Oh, well, I had a good time.


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