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Adventures of Bailey: The Lost Puppy

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Talking animal adventure without much peril for younger set.
  • Review Date: July 26, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

This film shows what happens when a playful and curious puppy gets lost, and what families do in the hopes of finding their lost pet.

Positive role models

Bailey is a sweet and playful puppy, and his family loves him very much.

Violence & scariness

There is a brief moment where a tiger in a cage claws at a puppy on the other side of the cage, but no one gets hurt. An older dog gets in a brief skirmish with a monkey, is scratched on the leg, but the injury is not shown and the dog is quickly healed.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Adventures of Bailey: The Lost Puppy is a live-action talking animal movie with very few scares or moments of true peril making it a good choice for young kids and animal lovers of all ages. While incredulous pet owners may wonder why Bailey the puppy doesn't have a leash with tags or an implanted silicon chip to assist in his being found by his family, it's best to sit back and just enjoy sweet and playful Bailey interacting with manipulative cats, sinister monkeys, wise older dogs, gossipy cows, among other animals.

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What's the story?

While riding with the Baker family as they move from a farm to a new home in the suburbs, Bailey, a Golden Retriever puppy dog, escapes from the car at a gas station so he can frolic in a nearby field. The Bakers leave without realizing that Bailey has gone missing. While they try and find their lost puppy, Bailey finds his way to a wildlife ranch, where he befriends a wide array of animals -- older dogs, cows, horses, camels, llamas, and zebras, among others. Even as he learns how to be a hardworking dog on a ranch, Bailey misses his family, and does his best to remain patient in the hopes that the Bakers will find him soon.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

ADVENTURES OF BAILEY: THE LOST PUPPY is a cute (if predictable) tale of a personified Golden Retriever puppy's interactions with various animals. While best enjoyed by younger children, pet lovers of all ages should find something to enjoy about this movie. There are plenty of scenes of dogs and puppies frolicing in fields, along with animals voiced as evil monkeys, wise old dogs, manipulative cats, and sweet llamas, among many others.

There isn't a great deal of ambition in this movie. The filmmakers set out to make a movie about a cute-voiced dog interacting with cute-voiced animals, and they succeeded. Nothing more, nothing less. But for parents looking for a movie for younger kids, who might be scared off by big moments of peril, this might fit the bill.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the animals in the movie. What were they like? Did any of the animals' personalities seem like stereotypes or familiar types of characters?

  • How was Bailey different from the other dogs he knew? How was the wildlife ranch different from the farm where Bailey lived?

  • How would the movie have been different if the people spoke too?

Movie details

DVD release date:January 27, 2012
Cast:Liz Franke, Mark Stoddard, Rick Shew
Director:Steve Frank
Studio:Platinum Disc
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Cats, dogs, and mice
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent Written byerinmidwife December 10, 2015

Don't be fooled by the cover -- NOT for sensitive littles

I chose this movie because we don't watch many moves. I am very selective about subtle objectification of women and emotional violence. People had described it as painfully slow and suitable for toddlers and preschoolers. Well, it was practically a nightmare for my 5 year old and also quite sad for my 8 year old. My 6 year old doesn't understand about movie templates and happy endings and that they'd be reuinted in the end. It was extrememly sad for her. The movie was overly dramatic in places it didn't need to be -- like the puppy getting separated. It was painfully drawn out with sad music. And then they kept pouring salt on the wounds. After the separation scene, my 5 y/o sobbed frightfully for a solid twenty minutes, and basically through to the end. She'd get to a point where she's start to feel OK, and then the other animals would say things like "oh they didn't really love you, they probably abandoned you" and she'd start sobbing again. I mean, really. It felt like a horrible punishment. The "life lesson" for the puppy was shaming. He wasn't good at the tasks they wanted him to do on the farm, and so he was merely tolerated and felt all alone. If he wanted to be loved he would need to somehow not be a puppy and conform to their needs (rather than be placed in developmentally appropriate tasks he could excel at, of which there were many). What a horrible lesson. Eventually the family is reunited with the dog, but by then he is finally accepetd in his new group and you're left kind of wanting him to stay with them, as mean as leader was. And then it abruptly ends. It was bizarre. Oh, and the crazy monkey scene is in fact as crazy as people say. It's bizarre and terrifying for young kiddos. The monkey is screeching like the wicked witch of the west and then the lead dog comes in and basically threatens to "get her" as they scuffle. This movie is scarily patriarchal. All of the dominant voices are male. It's just NOT was I was hoping for. As for the pace, to us it was not painfully slow as others have mentioned perhaps because we rarely watch movies.The pace was just fine, the content and lessons were creepy. If my kids were both 8 it would have been more tolerable but I'd rather having them watching a straight up nature movie, or something from the 70s.

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