A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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Thinking about others, being kind even when others aren't, and taking responsibility for your actions are the positive messages here. The puppies have a conversation together blaming Puppy Paws for their problems, but they quickly realize they're not being kind and change tactics. However, there's no acknowledgment of cultures that do not celebrate Christmas.
Positive Role Models
The puppy, dog, and elf characters are generally positive characters. One father and son welcome the dog catcher into their home for Christmas dinner because they realize he's alone.
Violence & Scariness
Some mild peril when Puppy Paws is caught by the dog catcher. It briefly seems like Christmas (and Santa) might be finished forever.
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"Doo-doo" is the extent of it.
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Products & Purchases
This puppy series is highly marketed.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this holiday movie is generally worry free. A puppy disobeys his father and ventures out on his own, where he gets into trouble and needs to be rescued. Several scenes occur in a dog pound where dogs are in cages and sometimes sad. The villainous dog catcher sneaks up on puppies and traps them, which provides a few moments of tension. At one point Santa Claus seems comatose, which might bother or confuse younger children. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Few people will argue that this story is predictable, formulaic, and lacking in any nuance; but hey, it's got puppies. To determine if the Buddies franchise is "good" depends partly on one's opinion of talking animals in movies. Some might find this a disturbingly unnatural quality in a movie that does little to make the characters feel relatable. Others might find a collection of fluffy, cute puppies irresistible and the fact that they speak even more appealing.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.