The Search for Santa Paws

2010 G 1h 36m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Search for Santa Paws

2010 G 1h 36m Blu-ray / DVD
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In this prequel to Disney's holiday hit Santa Buddies, Santa Claus and puppy Paws become best friends as they team up to spread the spirit of Christmas in New York City. But when Santa's memory fades, it's Paws who must save the holiday.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
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age 6+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this extension of the popular "Buddies" puppy franchise will be appealing to kids, but the movie's themes of loss, neglect, and abandonment might be too intense for very young or sensitive children. Some action takes place in a foster home, where a mean caregiver locks kids in a basement and takes away mementos of their dead parents. There are also mixed messages about the "true" meaning of Christmas (loot or love?) and how adoption works. But if kids can stomach the harsh stuff, the talking puppy and jolly Santa will surely bring them joy.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


No bash-'em-up violence, but foster caregiver Miss Stout pulls at children's hair, puts them in the basement to punish them, and takes away remembrances of their deceased parents. Perilous moments in a garbage incinerator.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Tragedy and loss serve as the springboard for happier times. Kids and adults (and puppies and elves) come together to help save Santa and save Christmas. On the other hand, the "Christmas spirit" is always tied in with presents or nice clothing, and much of the action takes place in Santa's workshop or in a toy store, emphasizing the loot that kids get for Christmas.


The movie is part of the popular "Buddies" franchise, which has merchandise associated with it.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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