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"The Search for Santa Paws" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

Santa Claus himself learns sad news about the passing of an old friend, Grandpa Hucklebukle. Hucklebuckle had sent Santa one last gift, a stuffed puppy. Santa uses some Christmas magic to bring the puppy to life and names him Paws.  Paws and Santa take a trip to New York to run some errands. Unfortunately, there is an accident and Santa gets hurt and loses Paws.  Santa ends up finding Hucklebuckles' Toy Shop where the late grandpa's son and his wife are reopening it for Christmas.  They must turn a profit during Christmas in order to have the deed signed over to them.

The story also follows a couple girls living in a foster home, ran by an evil, bitter woman.  Paws meets Quinn and she brings him inside for shelter and to help him find Santa. Meanwhile, Santa is working as "Santa" at the Hucklebuckle Toy Store.  Unfortunately, after Santa was hit by a taxi, a bum stole Santa's bag and Christmas magic crystal. Without the crystal, Santa is no longer immortal, he quickly gets sick and is dying. It's up to Quinn and the girls and Paws to save Santa!

Specifications

  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • 2010, Color, Rated G, 1 Hr 36 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: John Ducey, Patrika Darbo, Kaitlyn Maher, Richard Riehle
  • Directed by Robert Vince
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

The Search for Santa Paws in a decent movie for adults, but its clearly targeted for kids. I think my niece and nephew would really enjoy it.  If you have kids, this is a good holiday movie for them. If anything, the video quality is absolutely outstanding.

Technical

The image quality on this disc is outstanding, some of the best I have ever seen. The audio is pretty solid as well, with good soundstaging and a clean presentation. Well done again Disney.

Extras

Pop-up storybook, music videos, sing-along mode, deleted scenes.