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What to know: Funny, entertaining.
Recommended age 3-12
75 minutes
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I enjoyed this DVD because it is funny and entertaining for all ages. This movie takes place at the North Pole, where Santa (Dennis Haskins) lives. His elves and talking dogs are helping him prepare for Christmas. You will meet Toby (voiced by Adam Hicks), a small and mischievous dog. He wants the other dogs to like him because they think that since he is a little dog, he can't do anything. Then one day, Toby sneaks into Santa's sleigh where he falls off and lands in a house where his adventure begins. To find out about his adventure, you'll have to watch the DVD.

I like the special effects in this movie. They are really amazing. My favorite effect is when Santa's sleigh flies around. I also like how they make the dogs speak. I enjoyed the DVD's message of staying true to yourself because Toby, at first, thinks that he has to act bad so the other dogs will like him. Then, he meets a girl who changes and inspires Toby and makes him realize that he is perfect the way he is and that he doesn't have to pretend to be something he's not. I also like the bonus features on the DVD. There is a photo gallery, an interview with Dennis Haskins and a behind the scenes look at the people who worked on the film and who talk about the process of making it.

Something I didn't like was how the Dad and Mom don't notice that their son is getting bullied. Besides that I enjoyed it.

I give this movie 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 3 to 12. Some kids older than this might find it boring. I recommend it to people who like family and adventure movies.

Reviewed by Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.

I think this movie is adorable and fun loving. I have always had an issue with live action movies that have talking animals; however, this movie does it properly. I think that this movie is great for the holidays and fantastic for people whom don't enjoy the "standard" holiday films. Toby (the dog) makes you fall in love with instantly as he interacts with Santa and even manages to take down some bad guys in the process. This movie I truly believe is perfect for all ages, but just to be safe we will call it a PG movie. There is a tad bit of violence such as: hitting someone with a hockey stick and throwing snowballs. Don't let the violence deter you from showing your kids this movie, it has a lot of great morals to offer and is quite cute. I give this movie a 5 out of 5 stars. It is great quality and well directed. And, I recommend it for ages 6 to 12.
When Santa (Dennis Haskins of "Saved by the Bell") discovers that his dog Toby (Voiced by Adam Hicks of "Zeke and Luther") is missing, he enlists the help of everyone in the North Pole to find the adorable little pup. It turns out that Toby was left behind at the suburban Iowa home of the Anderson family during a test flight of Santa's sleigh. Now Toby must convince the Andersons of his true identity so that they can help him get back to the North Pole by Christmas Eve! Along the way, Toby learns that it's more important to have a big heart than to be a big dog, as he helps the Anderson kids foil the evil plans of a crooked mall Santa & his elf henchmen, and most importantly, helps their dad rediscover the magic of Christmas.
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