Christmas DVD Review – The ‘Santa Paws’ Trilogy

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

We’re coming to the end of Christmas this year, but this is a good time to share with you what I’ve enjoyed recently for this festive season. I’ve recently enjoyed watching the 3 movie collection of the ‘Santa Paws’ films. These have been fun little films featuring talking dogs; Santa Claus and Christmas!

For those of you who don’t know, the ‘Santa Paws’ films are a part of the ‘Air Bud’ franchise featuring talking dogs. The movies are direct to DVD releases and are mainly fantasy films for kids. I don’t know much about the ‘Air Bud’ franchise itself. Thus I’m judging the films on their own merits.

Released from Disney, the three ‘Santa Paws’ films are as follows. There’s ‘The Search For Santa Paws’, ‘Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups’ and ‘Santa Buddies’. Each of these three films has some nice Christmassy messages to them and it was fun watching the talking dog characters at the North Pole.

The first film, ‘The Search For Santa Paws’, features the beginning of how Santa Paws came to be with being a stuffed toy dog at first before being brought to life by the magical Christmas icicle in the North Pole mountain. For this film, Santa Paws has to save Santa Claus and kids in New York City.

There’s a nice and compelling atmosphere to this film about Santa Paws connecting with some girls at an orphanage run by a horrible woman who doesn’t celebrate Christmas. There’s also Santa Claus losing his memory and helping this young couple by being their department Santa at an old toy shop.

‘Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups’ is an equally enjoyable film where we see Santa Paws, who has a Mrs. Paws and a litter of four puppies including Hope, Jingle, Charity and Noble. In the film, the four pups stow away on board the sleigh with Mrs. Claus to the town of Pineville where the Christmas spirit is.

But when the Santa Pups grant people’s wishes mischievously, they soon grant a terrible wish where someone wants the Christmas spirit to go away. Thus the Santa Pups need to find a way to get Christmas back on track and reverse that terrible wish made in order to restore Pineville’s happiness.

‘Santa Buddies’ was actually made first in the ‘Santa Paws’ trilogy since ‘The Search For Santa Paws’ was a prequel to that film. ‘Santa Buddies’ features the five Buddies pups: Budderball; B-Dawg; Rosebud; Buddha and Mudbud helping Santa Paws’ son, Puppy Paws, to save Christmas everywhere.

In my opinion, this film wasn’t as good as the first two ‘Santa Paws’ films I’d seen in the trilogy. But it was fun to watch and Christopher Lloyd from the ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy was in it. He played Mr. Cruge in this! Wait! Christopher Lloyd played Kruge in ‘Star Trek III: The Search For Spock’! (gasp 😀 )

Speaking of the cast, there were quite a number of cast changes of certain characters in a direct-to-DVD trilogy of movies. For example, Santa Claus isn’t played by the same actor. Richard Riehle played him in ‘The Search For Santa Paws’; Pat Finn played him in ‘Santa Paws 2’ and George Wendt of ‘Cheers’ fame played him in ‘Santa Buddies’. It’s the same for the actresses that played Mrs. Claus.

I don’t know, maybe certain Santa Clauses and Santa Pawses change over time with different people becoming them as it was implied in ‘The Santa Clause’ trilogy with Tim Allen. Also, what happened to the four Santa Pups in ‘Santa Paws 2’ by the time we got to one pup, Puppy Paws in ‘Santa Buddies’?

The only characters that were consistent in this ‘Santa Paws’ trilogy were Danny Woodburn as Eli, the head elf in Santa’s workshop along with Eddy, the Jack Russell terrier voiced by Richard Kind. I saw Danny Woodburn in ‘Jingle All The Way’ before the ‘Santa Paws’ trilogy. He was an elf in that too. 😀

There was also little Kaitlyn Maher who starred in all ‘Santa Paws’ movies in different roles. She was Quinn in ‘The Search For Santa Paws’; Sarah Reynolds in ‘Santa Paws 2’ and the voice of Tiny in ‘Santa Buddies’. Kaitlyn Maher must have been very popular to appear in these ‘Santa Paws’ films. 😀

Overall, the ‘Santa Paws’ trilogy has been fun to watch. I’m glad I saw these films over Christmas time this year. They’re a good set of films featuring talking dogs; Santa Claus and Christmas. They do have good Christmassy messages, even if there are inconsistencies regarding characters and casting.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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