- Actors: John Billingsley, Eric Lutes, Mindy Sterling
- Directors: Kieth Merril
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: U
- Studio: Signature Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 22 Oct. 2012
- Run Time: 105 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B008KZLYJ8
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,802 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
12 Dogs of Christmas (DVD)
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It's Christmas time and it looks to be a dismal season for motherless 12-year-old Emma O'Connor who has been sent to her unwelcoming Aunt Delores. On her arrival Emma is caught in the middle of a town war over the 'No Dogs allowed' law. With the help of her schoolmates, an unlikely band of grownups and a diverse canine corps of over 60 dogs, Emma attempts to win over the citizens of Doverville by staging a holiday pageant, 'The 12 Dogs of Christmas', and in doing so, may save not only the dogs but herself.
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The plot is a little thin, a girl is sent to live in a small town that has banned dogs (not sure why. There are hints that its due to the dogs being able to carry diseases.) as she tries to fit in with the community she takes in a dog that has it's mother taken away by a Dog Catcher, eventually her and her new friends find a way to save the dogs and reveal the sinister world the Dog Catcher is involved with.
I do wish to point out that the film is a lot more adult and I think it will be hard watching for younger people, except perhaps the last 20 minutes with the actual 12 Dogs of Christmas scene. There are things such as Dog fights (and it's unclear at times whether the dogs taken away are killed.) and the outcome for some of the dogs has a big question mark that older children may pick up on.
Overall the film is at a nice price but don't be expecting something amazing. If you're buying for kids and want a Christmas Dog Movie I would suggest Santa Buddies, Santa Paws or 101 Dalmations instead.
Another point I wish to bring up is that the new box art for this film is rather deceiving as none of the dogs on the front cover actually make an appearance. Due to the timing of the release and the way it was linked on amazon is that it was clear to try and dupe people buying Santa Paws 2 into picking this one instead.
The whole story, set in the 1930's, is convoluted, upsetting, threatening and full of dark references to killing dogs. Syringes of lethal injections are shown, the abuse of racing dogs is also shown, and misery in general. The film opens at a graveside. Then there is a horrible car accident, really shocking to watch. Hospital scenes, many frightening conversations about Rabies, nasty mean men plotting...
I was disturbed while watching it, with my grandchildren, who although depressed by the content and anxious about the themes, still wanted to know what happened. The girl 'in charge' of the orphan dogs only occasionally looked in on them, they all lived in tiny cages in a barn which was eventually burned down by the bad men. My nine year old grandson gloomily remarked 'there's always one dog left behind' and so it proved. The wide eyed teenaged girl didn't spare us, she said 'we got most of them out'... She is never shown walking them or feeding them, they are always shut up in their cages, unable to move around freely. Even with the inevitable settling up at the end it wasn't worth enduring and cast a long shadow over what should have been a happy Boxing day afternoon.
The cover is a complete misrepresentation of what the film is about. Don't show it to children who have tender hearts and could be distressed by the acted out grief of losing a parent, threats around 'putting dogs down', uncomfortable viewing of betting on dog races, references to Rabies, the portrayal of dirty, lying, sinister, corrupt men...
The story seems haphazard, disjointed and totally uninteresting.
Please do not waste your money on this one. After three people found it boring, we had no option but to send it to the trash bin. Very disappointed
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent film, lovely Christmas story for the family. Loving all the different dogs in it.Published 11 days ago by LYS
A lovely Christams story bit naf on the acting though apparenty there is another version of this film which is supposed to be betterPublished 11 months ago by steffh