Box art for Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws

Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws

  • Rated G
  • HD and SD formats available

children & family


Disney's irresistible talking puppies return in a heartwarming holiday adventure. Take a fantastic journey with your beloved Buddies to the magical world of the North Pole!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    20%
  • Audience Score
    61%

common sense

ON for kids age 5
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
0 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
1 out of 5

Popular puppy series adds a cheery holiday message.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this holiday movie is generally worry free. A puppy disobeys his father and ventures out on his own, where he gets into trouble and needs to be rescued. Several scenes occur in a dog pound where dogs are in cages and sometimes sad. The villainous dog catcher sneaks up on puppies and traps them, which provides a few moments of tension. At one point Santa Claus seems comatose, which might bother or confuse younger children.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Christmas spirit. What is Christmas spirit and why are the characters in this movie so concerned about it going away?
  • If you celebrate Christmas, what do you consider to be the most important part of the holiday? What kinds of activities do you do that help you stay in the Christmas spirit? What would Christmas be like without presents?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It's a tidy story, but never remarkable, and a few burp jokes reveal disconcerting limitations to the goodwill of the film.

- Brian Orndorf, DVDTalk.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: ...immediately establishes itself as a pointless and downright interminable family comedy that's almost entirely lacking in elements designed to appeal to older viewers.

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Santa Buddies is the equivalent of a flaming bag of doggie dung on your doorstep: it's impossible to explain what you did to deserve it and you want it gone and forgotten as soon as possible.

- Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

1 star

I've never seen an Air Bud movie. I know right? Insanity. But it's Christmas and so I just have to watch a ridiculous amount of Christmas movies, no matter how bad they are. This film just lays it out straight away. Santa and his dog (???) are walking (probably on the spot) in a painfully obvious CGI North Pole. Suddenly the dog talks, with a CGI mouth but a face as blank as a plank of wood. It turns out this is Santa Paws, the dog that delivers presents to all teh good puppies in the world. Anyway, the Christmas spirit is dying, and this causes the North Pole to lose power. Puppy Paws, a little ragamuffin that just wants to be a normal puppy, sets off to learn from the Air Buddies. This film will be painful to anybody over the age of 6. Sometimes the animals, such as the reindeer, are completely CGI, but don't fit their surroundings at all. Christopher Lloyd plays a dog catcher named Crooge (I can't believe I'm typing this either). He stalks around like some kind of serial killer, but goes completely slapstick when he needs to catch a dog. The movie also contains a sick and possibly dying little boy, a vomit inducing song, and characters such as B-Dawg. He's a puppy. He break dances. Once again, something that seems to be a staple of kids movies, we have a protagonist that ruins everything. He breaks stuff, gets puppies in trouble, and so on. WHy do kids films always have the message that it's OK to be an idiot? How about a character that uses common sense and has some social skills. He doesn't even learn a valuable lesson, those around him just have to accept him for who he is. The less said about the annoying voices the better, but one performance that simply can't be ignored is that of Santa. A supercut needs to be made of his reactions to terrible news. He's a lifeless soul in a film that aims for cute, but smashes through annoying.

- kiriyamakazou, Tuesday, December 13, 2011

0 star

Boring story with really annoying and badly done voice acting from all the stupid children, the puppies looked scary and mutated, totally not cute

- fb100000185301014, Saturday, December 24, 2011

3 stars

Of course this is not great cinema by any means, but the puppies are A-dorable!

- trisarahtops22, Tuesday, November 9, 2010