Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
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|Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups|
Video release cover
|Directed by||Robert Vince|
|Produced by||Anna McRoberts|
|Written by||Robert Vince|
by Paul Tamasy
|Starring||Tom Everett Scott|
|Music by||Brahm Wenger|
|Edited by||Kelly Herron|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios|
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups is a 2012 Disney direct-to-DVD family film, directed by Robert Vince and produced by Anna McRoberts. It is the sequel to The Search for Santa Paws (2010). The Santa Pups save Christmas around the world. The film was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on DVD, Blu-ray, and as a movie download on November 20, 2012.
Mrs. Paws has just given birth to four adorable puppies named Hope, Jingle, Charity and Noble. Four months later, the Santa Pups each have their own personalities, Hope is always ready to take action wherever she goes but never takes caution, Jingle loves to sing but can only sing off-key, Charity still needs to learn how to share, and Noble pretends to be the leader of his sisters, and leads his sisters into trouble. Meanwhile, in school, Noble asks Eli and Eddy if they can their own magic crystals, but have to understand the True Meaning of Christmas to earn one. The Santa Pups are then taken on a field trip to the cave of the Great Christmas Icicle, where they learn how magic is used, and how the Christmas Magic in the icicle is used to power the magic crystals. When Mrs. Claus prepares to go to Pineville, Noble comes up with a plan of his own, his plan is to take Eddy's magic crystal collar, and then fly to Pineville to prove that they are ready for their own crystals. Once in Pineville, Noble begins granting the first Christmas wish to a girl named Taylor whom she wishes to skate really well, and then to another girl named Sally who wishes for her two front teeth, but after a furious young boy named Carter wishes for the Christmas spirit to disappear, Noble ends up granting a terrible Christmas wish that then affects all of the people in town. The Santa Pups then meet a new friend Baxter, who his owner Jeb Gibson, is actually a dog catcher, catches the Santa Pups and takes them to the pound. The Santa Pups then explain that if they don't get the crystal back and reverse the wish, Christmas could be in big trouble. The Santa Pups then try to retrieve the crystal with help from Hope, but Hope is not careful on the descent, and accidentally wakes up Brutus, and then explains that his life has been pretty rough due to his owner having lost the Christmas Spirit. The Santa Pups agree to get Santa to take him off the Naughty List. Mrs. Claus, Carter, Sarah, the pups, and three sisters named Agnes, Dorothy and Blue that Mrs. Claus met try to bring the Christmas spirit back forever. They do this by airing on the radio and convincing everyone to act like normal. Carter wishes for the Christmas spirit to last forever all over the world. The pups are then able to reverse the wish. Noble gives back Eddy his magic crystal collar, and then the Santa Pups, Eli, Eddy, and Mrs. Claus heading back to the North Pole. The film ends with the Santa Pups, Eddy and Eli singing what the True Meaning of Christmas is all about. Pineville was filmed in Fernie, British Columbia.
- Cheryl Ladd as Mrs. Claus
- George Newbern as Thomas Reynolds, Sarah and Carter's caring widower father who is a lawyer.
- Danny Woodburn as Eli, Santa's head elf.
- Obba Babatundé as Mayor Denny, the mayor of Pineville.
- Kaitlyn Maher as Sarah Reynolds, a sweet, loving 8-year-old girl who has the most Christmas spirit.
- Josh Feldman as Carter Reynolds, a 12-year-old boy who is Sarah's big brother, who has lost his Christmas spirit ever since his mother Michelle died in the car accident.
- Ali Hillis, Jennifer Elise Cox and Audrey Wasilewski as the Bright Sisters, Agnes, Blue and Dorothy.
- Jed Rees as Roland.
- Bill Chott as Mr. Holman, a Christmas cookie baker.
- Paul Rae as Jeb Gibson, Thomas' brother and Sarah and Carter's uncle.
- Brian T. Finney as Sheriff Andy
- Ted Rooney as Mr. Miller
- Pat Finn as Santa Claus
- Tatiana Gudegast as Front Teeth Girl
- Aidan Gemme as Noble, the only male Santa Pup and the leader of the Santa Pups.
- Tatiana Gudegast as Hope, one of the Santa Pups who is always ready to take action.
- G. Hannelius as Charity, one of the Santa Pups who still needs to live up to her name.
- Marlowe Peyton as Jingle, one of the Santa Pups who loves to sing.
- Richard Kind as Eddy, a happy-go-lucky elf dog Jack Russell Terrier who is Eli's assistant.
- Diedrich Bader as Comet, one of Santa's reindeer.
- Chris Coppola as Dancer, another one of Santa's reindeer. Coppola played Gus in the previous film.
- Josh Flitter as Brutus, a gruff bulldog who befriends the Santa Pups in hope of getting off of Santa's naughty list. Flitter voiced T-Money in the previous film.
- Trevor Wright as Baxter, the Santa Pups newest friend. He is a Schnauzer mix.
- Tom Everett Scott as Santa Paws, husband to Mrs. Paws and father to the Santa Pups.
- Bonnie Somerville as Mrs. Paws, wife to Santa Paws and mother to the Santa Pups.
The film has met extremely negative reviews, with critics stating that it had a dark tone and a weak plotline. Film critic Thomas Richards has noted the low quality voice acting. He also criticized the choice to eliminate actors from the original film such as the one who played Santa, as well as reusing old ones such as Kaitlyn Maher. Film critic Frank Smith said that Disney's overuse of dogs was annoying, and said that the humor in the film was "forced, and unnatural". At Typhoon Critics, the film holds 2.5 stars out of 10.
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and as a movie download on November 20, 2012. The physical release was produced in 2 different packages: A 2-disc Blu-ray / DVD combo pack and a 1-disc DVD. The movie download was produced in both standard and high definition. Bonus features for the release included a music video for "Santa Pups Music Mash-Up" and "Blooper Scooper."