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Search for Santa Paws

Search for Santa Paws (2010)

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Santa's loyal, four-legged companion Paws enlists the aid of a fun-loving orphan and his faithful friends to help save Christmas after the jolly old soul from the North Pole is stricken with a bad case of amnesia. Dejected after learning that the children of the world have lost the Christmas spirit, Santa and Paws travel to New York City on a mission to spread holiday cheer. But somewhere along the way, Old Saint Nick loses his memory. As the big day draws near, Paws befriends bright-eyed orphan

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Action & Adventure, Kids & Family

Nov 23, 2010

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All Critics (4) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (2) | DVD (5)

This film is cheesy, yes, but not too cheesy to enjoy with the kids.

January 5, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

...one can't help but goggle at the fact that Disney keeps greenlighting these abominable things.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: About.com | Comments (2)
About.com

Kids will love Santa's puppy, but watch out for sad moments.

November 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This film merits both a lump of coal and a candy cane for its mixed results.

November 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Search for Santa Paws

A prequel to Santa Buddies without any of the buddies. So I guess it's kind of a spin-off too. We start in the North Pole, and it looks as crummy as before, but as Santa walks in, we see it's a different actor. Hallelujah! However, he may give an incredible performance when compared to the previous actor, but he looks so creepy. His face just has something sinister about it. We begin our story on Santa's birthday, and it's all downhill from there. This film is so dark and mature to begin with. Santa's birthday is interrupted by the announcement that his good friend has died. We are then introduced to a couple that reveal they are unable to have children. And then we go to an orphanage where the kids are mistreated. Once Santa arrives in New York, he is immediately hit by a taxi, loses his memory, and has his magic crystal stolen, while Santa Paws gets lost in the mean streets. I admit the first one was sickly cute, but this movie is rubbing shoulders with Requiem for a Dream in the depressing department. Of course all these plot threads come together eventually, and minus some garish musical numbers, it's done in a respectful manner. It's easy to care for these characters, and so I found that the Christmas spirit was earned rather than forced upon me. With so much darkness, I think this would be a great film for families to snuggle up with, as you can explain to your kids how horrible life can be sometimes.
December 14, 2011
kiriyamakazou

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Well, I usually like Disney stuff...but this movie was just plain silly. Not terrible, but I have seen much, much cuter films.
December 6, 2010
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

Very cute. If you are five years old.
To be fair, it is not that bad for a kid's Christmas movie. If I really had to sit and watch one, this I can handle. The kids are a little too cute - Quinn, in particular speaks in a yucky little girl voice (okay, she is a little girl, I am sure she will grow out of it). No one is all that convincing and at times I felt like I was watching "Annie". Definitely not a film I would sit and watch by choice again, but compared to some kid's films, could have been way worse.
November 16, 2010
romy861

Super Reviewer

The little girl who plays Quinn is so adorable that it makes you want to stab your own eye and the Santa Paws dog looks like my dog and they are both so freaking cute, it incites more urges to stab yourself!!
November 29, 2010
trisarahtops22

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