If you have ever read my blog during the month of December, then you probably know I am addicted to Christmas movies. As a matter of fact, I usually watch at least two a day whenever I can.
Some I like and some I don’t, but regardless, I still watch them. Here lately, I have noticed a lot of holiday movies that include pets, dogs to be exact. Since I am a dog person with five of my own, I am usually a sucker for these types of movies.
I recently watched two new movies that had dogs as the main characters. They were called, Chilly Christmas and The Dog Who Saved the Holidays.
I had never heard of Chilly Christmas before, but I was very familiar with the Bannister family and their dog, Zeus.
I should start off by saying that neither of these films are likely to win academy awards, however, they do offer some fun family entertainment. They are definitely geared more towards children than adults, but if you are like me, I sometimes like a cute film that’s a little less serious. Especially if I plan on having a family movie night with the kids.
Chilly Christmas is a about a boy and his somewhat mischievous dog. Bobby and Chilly are the best of friends, always looking out for one another.
One day Bobby gets the news from his father (C.Thomas Howell) that they will be moving to New York City and will be unable to take Chilly along with them. Bobby is told to begin to look for Chilly a new home.
Because Chilly has always taken care of Bobby, Bobby decides he owes it to Chilly to do the same for him. Bobby and his friends set out to teach Chilly how to be an indoor type of dog. (This is where the movie got a little silly for adults in my opinion.)
During this time, there is a rash of rare dogs being stolen in the area where Bobby lives. A nasty dog thief, by the name of Mr. Quarterman (Tom Arnold) breaks into Bobby’s home in an attempt to steal Chilly. Together, the two best friends must use everything they have learned to save each other.
I would only give this movie about 2 1/2 stars out of five.
The Dog Who Saved the Holidays has you following the Bannister family on another adventure with their best dog Zeus. However, this time you are introduced to a new character, a puppy by the name of Eve.
Eve is given to the Bannister family by their Aunt Barbara (Shelley Long) as a gift. Oh course, everyone loves a puppy, so Eve can do no wrong in the eyes of the Bannister’s. However, Zeus sees her for who she is, a mischievous little puppy who is constantly getting into something.
Eve is very good at playing up her cuteness with the family, so Zeus decides it is time to run away from home. On his way out, he recognizes the all too familiar faces of Ted and Stewey, a couple of thieves looking to break into his families home.
Together, it is up to Zeus and Eve to get past their differences and defend their families house.
I would give this film about 3 1/2 stars out of five.
If you have younger aged children, they are both movies that you can feel safe watching with them. Both of mine had several times where they laughed out loud.
The reason I didn’t give them more stars is because they wouldn’t be a movie my husband and I would watch together without the kids, more so, Chilly Christmas. However, if you are looking for good, clean fun for family movie night, these would more than likely be a hit with your younger aged children.