Santa Paws 2: Santa Pups

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Holiday musical with adorable puppies will amuse kids.
  • G
  • 2012
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value
Positive Messages

This movie features an overwhelming message about the true meaning of Christmas and the importance of combating holiday grumpiness and apathy with love and kindness.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mrs. Claus is the epitome of Christmas spirit. She and young Sarah form a bond about the meaning of the season: kindness, generosity, and love. Mr. Reynolds discovers that even though his wife is gone, he still needs to keep the Christmas traditions for his children. Young Carter realizes the joy of Christmas as well, even though he didn't want to celebrate it at first.

Violence & Scariness

Nothing overt -- a few slapsticky moments in the North Pole as the pups wreak a bit of havoc in Santa's workshop and the disturbing possibility of losing Christmas spirit forever. The Reynolds family is sad about the death of their mother/wife.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

The Disney Buddies franchise has spawned many movies, toys, and accessories for kids.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Santa Paws 2 is the sequel to The Search for Santa Paws and the latest installment in the popular direct-to-DVD Buddies franchise. There's nothing inappropriate, but there is a sad subplot about a widower and his two motherless kids who are having a hard time dealing with Christmas. The Santa pups and young characters learn the real meaning of Christmas isn't stuff but a spirit of service and love.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byartexas2012 July 16, 2013

Death of the mother is a heavy subject

The death of the kids' mother is discussed a great deal and can be really sad. This is the family's first Christmas without the mother, and the chara... Continue reading
Adult Written byKate S. December 13, 2017

Cute but not as good as The Search for Santa Paws

In 2010, Disney released the movie, The Search for Santa Paws. My little brother and sister enjoyed it very much and I did as well. We were all very excited whe... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bynik3 August 29, 2013

What's the story?

There's a new litter of puppies at the North Pole: Hope, Jingle, Charity, and Noble. The mischievous new "Santa pups" are desperate to prove they're ready to be full-time Santa's helpers, so they stow away on Mrs. Claus' (Cheryl Ladd) sled as she travels to the small town of Pineville to spread the spirit of Christmas. As Mrs. Claus gets to know a melancholy widower (George Newbern) and his young son Carter (Josh Feldman) and daughter Sarah (Kaitlyn Maher), the pups -- with the help of a magical crystal -- start granting wishes. The problem is that one wish is to end Christmas celebrations altogether, which once granted threatens to ruin the holiday for everyone.

Is it any good?

Although the musical numbers in this holiday special aren't all that memorable (not sure a song about a "Christmas Cold" is all that appealing to anyone), the pups are certainly adorable. And the characters are such sweet underdogs it's hard for even the frostiest, anti-talking-animals viewer to resist the cuteness. But yes, those who aren't amused by the sub-genre of chattering pets will have a harder time warming up to the storyline than those who fully embrace the doggy protagonists.

Former Charlie's Angels star Ladd is so distractingly beautiful, there's never been such a gorgeous Mrs. Claus. Newbern's Mr. Reynolds and his kids provide an emotional depth to the story to balance out the cutesy pups. By the time order is restored and Christmas can be properly celebrated, it's clear that the messages here are in keeping with the best of (secular) season's greetings -- that Christmas is a time for family togetherness, kindness to strangers, and generosity.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the spirit of Christmas. What do you and your family consider the meaning of the season -- is it religious or more about family and generosity?

  • Why are movies about talking animals so irresistible? How do these adorable puppies compare to talking animals in other movies?

  • With so many puppies and buddies movies already released, do you think the franchise is still worth expanding?

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