The Search for Santa Paws
Do you know what Christmas time brings? Movies based upon the holiday
of course. Okay that may sound cynical, but it is true. Christmas time
is my most favorite time of the year. Giving to others, seeing the joy
on their faces, and focusing on the birth of Jesus Christ. Disney has a
new Christmas movie out, well more than one technically, but I am
reviewing The Search for Santa Paws on Blu-ray and DVD.
Our friends over at Disney were generous enough to provide Family Friendly Gaming with the Bluray + DVD version of The Search for Santa Paws. Which is what my review is established upon. Santa gets a puppy, finds out an old friend dies, and goes to New York City. He hits his head and forgets who he is. His puppy Paws gets separated from him, and everything needs to be set right.
The Search for Santa Paws includes stark contrast. The orphanage or foster home is bland, boring, harsh, and dull. The toy store is bright, colorful, festive, warm, and generous. Disney does a fine job with the talking animals. If you have seen Buddies movies then you know what to expect in this regard. The winter time theme fits this movie like a glove. The attire choices of the entire cast is fabulous, and very family friendly.
The Search for Santa Paws works diligently to teach us to believe in magic. I noticed a couple of fantastic comments in this movie. The concept of giving, and what you plan to give for Christmas was used multiple times in The Search for Santa Paws. On top of that the concept of spreading love was expressed as well. There are a few songs in The Search for Santa Paws, but the concept of belief is much stronger.
I thought I was going to make it through this entire movie with no Buddies. Don't get me wrong, they are cute, and have been in a lot of movies. I thought The Search for Santa Paws was a complete offshoot. Well in the bonus features the Buddies make an appearance to tell a Santa Paws story. The music video of Deck the Halls is very rockish, and a nice inclusion on the discs. Deleted scenes, and sing a long round out the bonus features.
The menu screens function properly, and display an intelligent design. Navigating through them are as simple as snow. The storyline in The Search for Santa Paws revolves around finding who you truly are, setting things right, and being positive. The negative people in The Search for Santa Paws are shown as the bad characters. Most are allowed the chance to clean up their acts. My kids wanted to know what was wrong with the lady over the orphans. Why was she so mean. I still do not have a good answer for them.
The main lesson in The Search for Santa Paws is to be of good cheer. The use of orphans in The Search for Santa Paws is something that helps make this movie so much better. The Search for Santa Paws reminds me of the faith of a little child. The Search for Santa Paws is not preachy about a belief in Santa Claus either, which is nice.
Family Friendly Factor: 90%
Rating: 'G' for General Audiences
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