Snow Dogs (2002)

Snow Dogs (2002)



Critic Consensus: A mediocre live-action children's movie, Snow Dogs is filled with cliched dialogue, tiresome pratfalls, and stale fish-out-of-water jokes.

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Two Oscar-winning actors add a family-oriented comedy to their resumes with this Disney-produced arctic adventure. Snow Dogs stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as Ted Brooks, a Florida-dwelling dentist with a successful chain of offices and a comfy, poolside lifestyle. All this changes, however, when he finds out that he was actually adopted as a child, and that his birth mother has died and left him an inheritance in her home state of Alaska, of all places. After arriving in the snow-bound clime, Ted learns that he has been willed a pack of cutely named sled dogs: Demon, Diesel, Dutchess, Nana, Mack, Scooper, Sniff, and Yodel. Problem is, the town's premiere sled-dogger, Thunder Jack (James Coburn), wants the pack for himself, and encourages Ted to go back to his tropical environs. But with a major sled-dog race looming, Ted's inspired to learn the ropes, as it were, and prove himself worthy of his birth mother's inheritance -- any way he can. Snow Dogs was directed by Jingle All the Way's Brian Levant and features some animatronic dog effects by Jim Henson's Creature Shop; the script was very loosely adapted from popular author Gary Paulsen's nonfiction book Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod.
PG (for mild crude humor)
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Kids & Family
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Cuba Gooding Jr.
as Ted Brooks
James Coburn
as Thunder Jack
as Dr. Rupert Brooks
Graham Greene (II)
as Peter Yellowbear
Michael Bolton
as Himself
Jason Pouliotte
as Sneed Brother No. 1
Randy Birch
as Vet No. 2
David Boyce
as Sneed Brother No. 2
Ron Small
as Arthur
Alison Matthews
as TV Reporter
Jascha Washington
as Young Ted
Christopher Judge
as Dr. Brooks
Lisa Dahling
as Mrs. Yepremian
Daneile Folta Kehealy
as Rollerblader with Dog
Lossen Chambers
as Receptionist
Oscar Goncalves
as Ernesto Julio Santisto
Tracey Henderson
as Vet NO. 1
Dave "Squatch" Ward
as Taxi Driver
Donnelly Rhodes
as Race Official No. 1
Jay Brazeau
as Race Official No. 2
Phillip Beer
as Chess Player
George Labelle
as Chess Player
Monika Kramlik
as Miami Pretty Girl
Gwendolyn Osborne
as Miami Pretty Girl
Shaw Madsen
as Blonde Guy
Joe Maffei
as Old Man
Veronica Shattuck
as Chatting Woman No. 1
Nicola O'Shea
as Chatting Woman No. 2
Jim Belushi
as Demon
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Critic Reviews for Snow Dogs

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (20)

What Faustian bargain did Gooding make, forcing him to star in this insipid fish-out-of-water comedy that paints him as a Bolton fan?

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Instantly forgettable.

Full Review… | January 18, 2002
Top Critic

Phoned-in business as usual.

January 18, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

If you have a soft spot for man's best friend, it's a pretty good throwaway movie.

January 18, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Five screenwriters are credited with the cliché-laden screenplay; it seems as if each watered down the version of the one before.

Full Review… | January 18, 2002
USA Today
Top Critic

This silly youth-targeted comedy goes strictly by the book, which should give you a clue as to its quality.

Full Review… | January 18, 2002
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Snow Dogs


It's not terrible, it's an entertaining family comedy and probably the best disney have made with some guy and some huskies.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


This movie is so cliche and stupid im sad i ever saw it as a kid, and I hated it.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

A wonderful family film. Cuba Gooding Jr. was hilarious as Ted Brooks & Sisqo who played Rupert was hilarious as well. I also enjoyed Nichelle Nichols (Amelia Brooks) & Joanna Bacalso (Barb). Of course I loved the Michael Bolton cameo because I love the song Jack Sparrow & he's awesome in it. Such a great movie and another adorable walt disney pictures classic.

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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