Monday, November 29, 2010

The holiday season is officially in full swing, and with it for most people comes the opportunity to spend more time with family and friends.  One good way to settle the little ones and keep them in one place is a good movie. Disney to the rescue.  November 23, 2010, Disney's Search for Santa Paws released to DVD and Blu-Ray.  Thanksgiving weekend was the perfect time for this, since all the little ones were hyper from the sweet treats they had consumed and needed something to grab their attention.

Here's a brief overview of the DVD from the Press Release:
Disney’s unbeatable and irresistible talking dogs are back – in an all‐new holiday movie for the whole family, with THE SEARCH FOR SANTA PAWS.  DISNEY’S THE SEARCH FOR SANTA PAWS is an exciting and uplifting movie from director Robert Vince about the power of giving and the true meaning of Christmas in the tradition of Disney’s classic holiday tales. This big city adventure for the whole family reveals the how the legendary friendship of Santa Claus and Santa Paws began.

DISNEY’S THE SEARCH FOR SANTA PAWS comes with a stocking full of fantastic bonus features, including:
• An interactive Animated Pop‐Up Book – ‘Buddies’ puppy star Rosebud reads a holiday story featuring new canine friends from The Search For Santa Paws
• Sing‐Along Mode ‐ colorful lyrics added to the film’s song sequences, so audiences can sing along to the film’s fantastic new songs.
• Music Video – tween favorite Debby Ryan (Disney Channel’s Suite Life on Deck) performs a great new arrangement of ‘Deck The Halls.’
• Deleted scenes

The film follows in the tradition of Disney’s classic holiday tales with a heartwarming story about the power of giving and the true meaning of Christmas. An exciting prequel, the movie allows kids of all ages to discover how the legendary friendship of Santa Claus and Santa Paws began – as it is the inspiring original film (in a timeline it precedes 2009’s Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws).
In the movie, when Santa and his new best friend, Paws, discover that the boys and girls of the
world have lost the spirit of the season, they take a trip to New York City. But after Santa loses
his memory, it’s up to Paws, a faithful orphan named Quinn (America’s Got Talent’s Kaitlyn
Maher), her new friend Will (The Game Plan’s Madison Pettis) and a wonderful group of
magical talking dogs to save St. Nick and show the world what Christmas is really all about. Do
you believe in Santa Paws? Experiencing this sure‐to‐be holiday classic, full of fun, adventure
and a carrying the timeless messages of the holidays, with surely delight the entire family!

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This DVD is selection number 2 in my Holiday Gift Guide.  I found this movie to be joyous and on point. The story continued to make it clear about the true meaning of Christmas. Something which may be lost on the younger children, but did not go unnoticed by the older children. This one was pulled out on Thanksgiving to quiet the little ones.  Each of the children fell in love with the puppies.  They each had their favorite and by the end of the movie they could easily tell the difference between each pup. The younger childrens favorite part was the sing-along mode included in the bonus features.  They were dancing and singing and couldn't take their eye's off the screen. My pre-teen nephew really got into the music video and deleted scenes. Each child was so amped up for Christmas they couldn't wait to tell us what they wanted Santa to bring them.This is a great movie to add to your gift list for a family who enjoys spending time together, for a pre-teen, tween who might need to focus on the true meaning of the season, or for just about anyone who needs a little holiday cheer brought to them this season.

Stop by here to grab the activity and coloring sheets for your little ones to enjoy or take with them on the holiday road trip.

***I received a copy of the DVD for review purposes.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions expressed are from my family and myself and have not been influenced.