Puppy Star Christmas

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Cute puppies, slapstick silliness in sweet sequel.
  • PG
  • 2018
  • 91 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Reinforces the meaning of Christmas as one of giving, family, and love; states that having a cheerful spirit every day makes a world a better place. Advocates recognizing mistakes and not repeating them: "Making mistakes is part of growing up."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Good guys (both human and canine) are unselfish, family-oriented, honest, warmhearted. Parents of new puppies strive to do the right thing for their offspring. Bad guys (both human and canine) are greedy, mean-spirited, selfish. A Latina nanny is a good-natured stereotype. Some dogs are amiable stereotypes as well: from Mexico, Scotland, Brooklyn, etc.

Violence & Scariness

Slapstick action: falls, hanging from roof, catching on fire, slipping and sliding on snow, tripping over pants. Several characters (including Santa and Mrs. Claus and the puppies) are held in captivity -- in a cage made out of candy canes. Reindeer take folks on a wild sleigh ride. 

Sexy Stuff

Reindeer poop is mentioned.


From the Air Bud folks, the fourth entry in the Pup Star franchise

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Puppy Star Christmas is a holiday-themed Pup Star tale from the folks who created Air Bud. It celebrates the marriage of lead Pup Star canine characters, Tiny and P.U.P., and the birth of their three puppies. The little heroes (as well as the whole world) are once again threatened by talking-dog villains, who set out to ruin Christmas. Like the other films in the franchise, this one features talking dogs, brightly colored silliness, musical production numbers, and slapstick action. Kids who are old enough to be comfortable with pratfalls, a gingerbread house briefly catching fire, beloved characters being held captive in a cage made of plastic candy canes, and wild reindeer rides should be OK with the comic violence. A reference to reindeer poop is about as naughty as it gets, but you can expect some intended-to-be-comic stereotyping (e.g., a Latina nanny, an effeminate staff member, etc.). As always, there's a happy ending, with some positive messages about the Christmas spirit, teamwork, and loving families.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3, 6, and 8-year-old Written byTgallo711 November 22, 2019


Although cute idea but terrible. It was actually painful to watch.
Adult Written bySnoopy D. August 10, 2020

Horrendous and garbage-filled

I will not lie when I say this. This film is what ruined the entire Pup Star franchise, especially after it’s predecessor Pup Star World Tour at the end where t... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byFrostandMoonlight November 19, 2020

I'm Disgusted

I enjoyed watching "Pup Star" but every sequel just gets worse and worse. The villans are always the same, Bark is no longer an Akita? He looks like a... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old September 27, 2019

It was weird

It just doesn't make sense to me and doesn't fit in the series

What's the story?

PUPPY STAR CHRISTMAS opens with the marriage of longtime sweethearts Tiny (voiced by Kaitlyn Maher) and P.U.P. (Mackenzie Sol), followed some months later by the birth of their three pups, Rose, Charlie, and Cindy. The pups are eager, mischievous, and adorable. The growing canine family, together with their human family, "Dad" Stephen (David Deluise), "Nanny" Ida (Denisse Ojeda), and young Lou (Makenzie Moss), are getting ready to celebrate their first Christmas together. First up is their television program's Christmas special. Excitement reigns. But into every holiday celebration a little rain must fall. Troublemakers Bark (voiced by George Newbern) and Kano (Diedrich Bader) manage to spoil the show while it's on the air. And that misdeed doesn't compare to the villains' even bigger plan: The Bark-Kano team are going to the North Pole and will spoil Christmas for everyone! They're out for money and they don't care who they hurt to get it. Their evil plot almost succeeds. It's only because of four accidental "stowaways" on Santa's reindeer-driven sleigh that Christmas, as well as Santa and Mrs. Claus, are saved -- with no time to spare.

Is it any good?

Young audiences who've warmed to the Pup Star gang with its goofy dogs, even goofier humans, exaggerated performances, and not-so-dazzling musical numbers won't be disappointed by this new entry. Robert Vince and company have been making low-budget crowd-pleasers for two decades, beginning with Air Bud in 1997. When you're a kid and you're fully engaged, it's not hard to overlook cheesy special effects, some truly awkward editing, and overblown performances. Quite the opposite: That's what makes movies like Puppy Star Christmas so endearing. The dogs are always cute, cuter, cutest. Their human buddies are dopey, but always warmhearted. There are no surprise endings. Messages are earnest and on the nose. Kids who can watch Santa Claus and his wife get kidnapped but clearly understand that the old guy will be rescued in time to take his fantastical ride on Christmas Eve will find plenty to enjoy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it's fun to watch dogs talk, both with one another and with the humans in their world. If animals could talk, what might you ask them? What would you like to tell them about yourself?

  • "Anthropomorphism" is a big word that means portraying an animal or other object with very human characteristics -- like Tiny or Bark, Bugs Bunny, or even the teapot from Beauty and the Beast. Can you create an anthropomorphic character? What animal or object would you choose? What would it sound like? 

  • "Bad guy" characters Roland and Julio learn important lessons and change their behavior. Will you be surprised if, in the next Pup Star movie, they team up with Bark and Kano again? Will you mind? Why or why not? How important is it for the filmmakers to be consistent?

  • Did you notice any stereotypes in the movie? Did you find them funny? Why or why not?

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