Santa Buddies Reviews
So really, it's not THAT bad.
Let's start off with the plot. If you've ever watched a Christmas movie in your life, "Christmas Magic" probably was the main plot. This rendition of Christmas Magic does not add anything to its borrowed plot except for the fact that there are talking dogs, talking dogs who don't really add anything new to the plot. The character "Cruge" (played by Christopher Lloyd) is another borrowed story element from an extremely well-known Christmas story. The story fails entirely to draw me in emotionally.
Next up: characters. Though young kids might find talking fluffy puppies funny, anybody older will soon grow tired of the cardboard cutout personalities the Buddies possess, each an irritatingly and extremely embellished stereotype of something, such as the fashionista Rosebud or the "punk" B-Dawg.
Next up, the animation. I get that this is a budget movie and also a direct-to-DVD film, but the CGI is not likely to appease even the lightest young critic.
Script is my last complaint. Santa Buddies magically finds a way to combine clichéd lines and unrealistic dialogue evenly. Half of it is the elves and Santa Claus and company spewing out in an unemotional fashion rehashed lines about "Believing in Christmas", while the other half of it is filled with the annoying Buddy-talk.
Lastly, doesn't Santa Claus look, AND talk, like he's OD'ed on something?
All in all, a movie that has enough fluffy action to make your toddlers happy, but don't worry about missing anything meaningful if you doze off.
A group of dog puppies receive a strange visitor from the North Pole, Santa Paws. He claims to be the puppy of Santa Clause, but the puppies do not initially believe him. When the magic of Christmas starts fading, Santa Paws and his new friends will need to come to the rescue.
"The magic of Christmas is fading away before my eyes."
Robert Vince, director of Spymate, Air Buddies, The Search for Santa Paws, Santa Paws 2, Treasure Buddies, and Snow Buddies, delivers Santa Buddies. The storyline for this picture is a bit of a reach and felt as you'd expect from the genre. The acting is Disney channel level and nothing to write home about.
"Where does he find these dogs, the loony bin?"
I recently found this on Netflix and thought I'd watch it with my daughter since she loves these Disney dog picture. She watched it pretty much from beginning to end. There wasn't much new here brought to the genre but may be worth watching once with your child during the holiday season.
"I wish Christmas would just disappear."