A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Precious Puppies is an aww-inducing, short, general information documentary about puppies and dogs. Footage of actual puppy birth is shown, pups are seen suckling, and the word "teat" is used, but the movie doesn't concentrate on any one topic in particular and includes dog variety and training. Circus and service dogs are seen at work.
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What's the story?
Is it any good?
This documentary is not about puppies, particularly, but rather an arbitrary review of dogs in all their cuteness, cleverness, and diversity. Although the 53-minute piece is divided into segments -- Growing Up, Breeds Apart, Playful Toys, Growling and Howling, Clever Creatures, Performing Pooches, Pampered Puppies -- for the most part the filmmaker, Greg Grainger, doesn't seem constrained by the stated categories of those segments, nor by the word "puppies" in the title. Nevertheless, there are lots of dogs and puppies scampering around, doing tricks, pulling sleds, wearing costumes, chewing toys, detecting contraband, and yipping delightfully. Small, animal-loving children will enjoy Precious Puppies.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the close relationship developed over thousands of years between man and dog. How do dogs help man, and how does man help dogs?
What does it mean to breed a dog for certain abilities or qualities? How is a terrier different from a husky, and why do you think they developed those differences?
Dog moms take care of their puppies until human owners take the puppies home. What do humans have to do to make sure puppies are healthy and happy?
What kind of puppy would you get if you could choose?