Turns out it was a lot harder to choose than we thought it would be! I sincerely enjoyed reading all of your comments and ended up eliciting the help of the entire family to narrow down the top picks. We all read through all of your comments and jotted down our top three picks. Then we compared! The entries with the most votes won. It was a true labor of love.
Update – Monday, November 30: Congratulations to Carla, Kim, and Jennifer for entering and responding to their notification emails! We hope you enjoy the Disney Gift Sets.
Disney was nice enough to send us a complimentary copy of the movie to preview prior to posting our giveaway. I saved the movie to watch with the grandparents – a great treat to top off Thanksgiving evening and officially begin the holiday season.
My family has seen and enjoyed the original Air Bud movie and we’re big fans of Disney movies in general, as anyone with kids can certainly understand. We haven’t seen any of the Air Buddies movies, so this was our introduction the group of adorable golden retriever pups. And they certainly didn’t disappoint.
SANTA BUDDIES: THE LEGEND OF SANTA PAWS
This movie is precisely what you’d expect it to be! It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s message is full of hope, and it has an interesting, although predictable, story line.
Honestly, it’s hard to go wrong when the cast stars five puppies! We loved seeing the unique personalities and the homes where each of the 5 puppies lives. And I think we all laughed the hardest when Mudbud appeared in his “clean suit.” But that’s probably because we have 2 little mudbud’s of our own here who can’t seem to ever go outside without getting muddy.
Here’s the official Disney description from their press release about the movie:
“In SANTA BUDDIES: THE LEGEND OF SANTA PAWS, the lovable ‘Buddies,’ B-Dawg,
Budderball, Buddha, Mudbud, and Rosebud embark on a thrilling journey to the magical world of Santa’s Workshop. When Puppy Paws, the fun-loving son of Santa Paws, gets tired of the North Pole, he checks out Santa’s “naughty” list and finds Budderball’s name right on top. Puppy Paws heads south to meet the Buddies and find out how “ordinary” pups spend their days. But when the world begins to forget the true meaning of the holidays and the magic of the season begins to literally melt away, it’s up to Puppy Paws and his newfound Buddies to save the day in another epic adventure. Their extraordinary exploits highlight the importance of collaboration, courage and tradition in a joyous celebration of life and friendship. Sure to be a family favorite for years to come, SANTA BUDDIES: THE LEGEND OF SANTA PAWS delivers enough holiday cheer to last a whole year! It’s Buddy-loving fun the whole family will enjoy again and again.
“The overwhelming success of each of our ‘Buddies’ adventures really highlights how irresistible Disney Dog movies are and what great family entertainment can be,” said Bob Chapek, President, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. “SANTA BUDDIES: THE LEGEND OF SANTA PAWS is destined to become a new holiday classic, securing the Buddies’ place in the long lineage of Disney Dogs.”
Actors & Voices in Santa Buddies
One of the things we like to do during animated movies (or these Disney live action movies) is to guess the actors’ voices. George Wendt made such a good Santa Claus that we hardly recognized him. Christopher Lloyd as Stan Cruge, the dog catcher, was an easy call and he was perfect for the part. You’ll recognize many of the voices in the movie, too:
Tom Bosley is the voice of Santa Paws.
Tim Conway is the voice of Sniffer, the sheriff’s blood hound.
Richard Kind is the voice of Eddy the Elf Dog.
Buddha – Field Cate
Budderball – Josh Flitter
B-Dawg – Skyler Gisondo
Rosebud – Lilana Mumy
Mudbud – Ty Panitz
Kaitlyn Maher is the voice of adorable little Tiny!
In case you missed it, or don’t remember, Kaitlyn Maher is the adorable little girl who stole hearts on “America’s Got Talent.” Check out this video for a reminder:
About Disney’s Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack:
To provide consumers with unprecedented quality, value and portability of their favorite Disney movies,
in 2008 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment pioneered the Combo Pack – a Blu-ray Disc plus a
DVD in a single package. Current WDSHE titles available as Combo Packs include Bedtime Stories,
Bolt, Pinocchio, High School Musical 3 and Sleeping Beauty.