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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Importance of positive thinking in the face of adversity is presented throughout.
Positive Role Models
Some potty humor, especially fart jokes, but puppies work together as a team to help a new friend, using their distinct differences to overcome obstacles.
Violence & Scariness
Scenes of dogs in peril; mild description of a fatal sled racing accident, though no visuals; a mystical character's death is alluded to, but in an abstract fashion.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this DVD centers on dog sled racing, which not all families believe is humane. Puppies and dogs are shown in scenes of peril, though none appear to be permanently affected. Loving families and the symbiotic relationship between children and their pets are depicted. A Gallic villain gets his comeuppance. Dog farts and fart jokes erupt frequently. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's hard to find fault with scenes of adorable puppies romping in the snow, and the simple story presents enough villains, challenges, and internal conflict to keep kids up to age 12 interested. Slapstick humor, including the requisite fart jokes, will have kids giggling throughout. But the same animal lovers who will enjoy the scenes of the Buddies with their human counterparts may be troubled by the villain's treatment of his sled dogs.
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.