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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Intended to entertain, not educate.
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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