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Muddy Paws’ top five Christmas movies featuring dogs!

Three things that are awesome:

1)      Christmas

2)      Dogs

3)      Movies

Therefore, it makes perfect sense that any movie themed around Christmas, which also features dogs, will be the greatest film of all time… right?

Well, maybe not, but there are still plenty of great options out there covering all three cinematic bases.

Whether it be something to sit down and watch as a family, something to keep the kids quiet for an hour-or-so or a guilty pleasure for adults around the festive season, these are Muddy Paws’ top 5 festive fido films!

An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)

What’s it about:

The third and final instalment of the All Dogs go to Heaven series to date, An All Dogs Christmas Carol was a straight-to-TV feature length film.

This flick is an animated canine spin on the classic Charles Dickens yarn, and the first All Dogs film to centre on the villainous Carface, with previous protagonists Charlie and Itchy as support characters.

As the other dogs try to raise funds to help young pup Timmy, Carface and his wicked friends plot to ruin Christmas for everyone, leaving Charlie and Itchy to devise a plan to not only save their own Christmas, but spread their festive cheer to Carface.

Why we like it:

It’s a classic children’s Christmas movie with a heartfelt moral ending. Perfect for all the family.

Find out more:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_All_Dogs_Christmas_Carol

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Look who’s talking now (1993)

What’s it about:

Look Who’s Talking Now is the final, canine-centric, instalment of the Look who’s talking series; featuring an all-star cast including John Travolta, Kirstie Alley and Danny DeVito. The series had previously provided a talking baby and a talking sibling, so talking puppies seem like a natural progression; especially when the kids are now old enough to talk normally!

The film itself takes place around the festive season, with seven year old Mikey’s heart set on receiving a dog for Christmas, the family end up taking on two dogs instead of one after a misunderstanding.

Alongside this development, Mikey’s father James is stranded in a rural cabin by his amorous boss on Christmas Eve, a situation that runs the risk of breaking up the entire family!

Why we like it:

Whilst some of the film’s more mature content, which earned it a ‘12’ rating, make it a poor choice for younger children, it’s a great family film for those with older/teenage kids.

Find out more:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Look_Who%27s_Talking_Now 

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One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961 animated)

What’s it about:

The original Disney animated classic, made over three decades before the equally well-known live action remake; this is the film that made thousands of children desperately want a Dalmatian puppy, and introduced the now iconic villain Cruella de Vil to the world.

Adapted from the children’s novel written by Dodie Smith, the film details the romance between Roger and Anita, which is mirrored in their pets Pongo and Perdita; as well as Pongo and Perdita’s attempts to keep their puppy progeny out of the hands of Cruella and her bumbling cockney henchmen, who wish to transform them into a Dalmatian-fur coat.

Ultimately, Pongo, Perdita, their 15 puppies, and 84 additional kidnapped Dalmatians, are able to elude Ms. De Vil, and return to their owners just in time to celebrate Christmas!

Why we like it:

This film is an undeniable classic, and well-loved by both the original audience in the 60s, and modern children viewing it for the first time; its timeless story of a (very large) family reuniting in the face of adversity is perfect for yuletide viewing.

Find out more:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Hundred_and_One_Dalmatians

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The search for Santa Paws

What’s it about:

One of the many films that make up Disney’s ever popular Air Bud franchise, this festive feature sees Santa having an accident which renders him amnesiac, and therefore unable to fulfil his traditional Christmas duties. Fortunately, some magical dogs, and a group of adventurous orphans, work together to right this wrong and ensure that Christmas happens as it should for another year.

An already difficult task is further complicated by shenanigans involving the loss of a crystal that is responsible for Father Christmas’s extreme longevity; eventually finding its way to a toy dog named Paws, who is transformed into a real dog by the crystal’s magic. The race is on to save Father Christmas, while also ensuring that Paws isn’t permanently returned to existence as a soft toy.

Why we like it:

While the plot may sound a tad convoluted, The Search for Santa Paws is an ideal Christmas film for young children; cute animals, light-hearted comedy and just the right level of festive sentiment were all thrown into the Disney blender to create this film, with delightful results.

Find out more:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Search_for_Santa_Paws

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The Dog who saved Christmas

What’s it about:

Aping the plot of the better known film Home Alone, this film delivers the expected slapstick laughs and physical comedy, with a canine twist. When former police dog Zeus is adopted by the Bannister family, following a botched police investigation that robbed Zeus of his bark, it seems that his designated role as guard dog is also destined to be a failure.

However, when two nefarious burglars break into the Bannister household on Christmas Eve, with only Zeus left inside, it falls to him to save the day, and ensure that the Bannister family’s Christmas isn’t brought to a premature, larcenous end. Fortunately, it turns out that Zeus has a knack for setting booby straps constructed from household appliances and supplies, providing him with a novel way to turn the tables on the hapless thieves.

Why we like it:

The Dog Who Saved Christmas delivers the thrills and spills that you would expect from the synopsis above, with enough menace delivered by the bad guys to ensure excitement, and enough slapstick to keep the laughs flowing. In Zeus, families are also provided with a lovable protagonist that it’s very easy to get behind and support!

Find out more:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dog_Who_Saved_Christmas

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