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The Dog Who Saved Easter

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Predictable holiday sequel is silly fun; some potty humor.
  • Review Date: April 24, 2014
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 86 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Meant to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

The movie values being kind and nurturing to animals, working together to triumph over foes, and being open to new situations.

Positive role models

Positive adult characters include a mom, the owner of a dog care facility, a veterinarian, and a grandmother. Villains are all cartoonish and bumbling, with exaggerated negative traits. One baddie is very overweight and obsessed by food. A few people of color are shown among background players.

Violence & scariness

A few cartoon falls, bumps, crashes, egg splatters, chases, with very mild suspense.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Most of the humor is focused on dog poop and farting.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Dog Who Saved Easter is the fifth in a series of holiday movies about Zeus, a happy-go-lucky retriever, and the bumbling villains he encounters, this time during the Easter season. Fans of the usual dog poop and fart humor found in the other films won't be disappointed; there's plenty of it. A few mild cartoon action sequences show the bad guys subject to falls, chases, and bumps. No animal is ever in danger and the spirit of the film is light, cartoonish, and always predictable. In keeping with the springtime theme, there are many shots of cute kids, cute animals, pretty flowers, budding romances, and happy resolutions.

 

What's the story?

When the Bannisters go on vacation in THE DOG WHO SAVED EASTER, Zeus (again voiced by Mario Lopez) is left in the loving care of Alice (Beverley Mitchell), the owner of a new dog care business. At first Zeus is worried, even a little scared, but except for a jealous pet rabbit, all is well; it's a wonderful home-away-from-home. But it's Zeus's destiny to end up in a skirmish with three old-reliable villains (Dean Cain and company). This time they've been hired by an evil kennel owner (an outrageous Catherine Hicks) to disrupt Alice's new venture. What's more, the baddies hope to score some hidden jewels at the same time. It falls to Zeus, along with Alice and an admiring young veterinarian, to foil the villains' evil plans, and save all the adorable temporary "residents" of Alice's home.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Cute dogs, harmless buffoonery, and sweet romance (both canine and human) add up to a predictably safe sequel. In fact, it's all predictable: the farting foodie, the ever-present dog poop, the appealing variety of dog breeds and types, and the repeat villains who always seem to be in the lovable Zeus's way. It's far from great film-making; there are no thoughtful insights, no lessons to be learned. Still, it's fine for kids who like Zeus and his adventures, and for others who may be new to the series.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about holiday movies. Which ones do your family watch over and over again? What makes them special?

  • Why do you think kids find movies with lots of fart and dog poop jokes so funny? 

  • Have you liked all of The Dog Who Saved movies with Zeus? Are some better than others? Why?

Movie details

DVD release date:April 8, 2014
Cast:Mario Lopez, Catherine Hicks, Beverley Mitchell
Director:Sean Robert Olson
Studio:Digital Filmz International
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Cats, dogs, and mice, Holidays
Run time:86 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:for some rude humor

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