santabuddiesbluStudio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Year: 2009
Release Date: November 24, 2009
Run time: 88 minutes
Rating: G

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50/1 DVD
Region: A

Disney s irresistible talking puppies return in a heartwarming all-new holiday adventure! Take a fantastic journey with your beloved Buddy friends to the magical world of the North Pole! Join The Buddies (Budderball, B-Dawg, Rosebud, Buddha and Mudbud) in a wonderfully wacky twist on a classic Christmas favorite. When Puppy Paws, the fun-loving son of Santa Paws, gets tired of the North Pole, he finds Budderball on Santa s naughty list and figures he s just the dog to show him how to be an ordinary pup. But when the magical Christmas Icicle starts to melt and the world begins to forget the true meaning of the season, it s up to Puppy Paws and his newfound Buddies to save Christmas. Unleash a stocking full of Christmas cheer for you and your family with this fun-filled film, featuring never-before-seen bonus material. It s sure to be a holiday favorite on everyone s wish list!

The Buddies are back and right on time for the holidays. These “Buddie” films are just so cute and enjoyable, family fun films with cute puppies that you can’t get enough of.

Since the 1997 debut of the film “Air Bud”, from that film of a talking canine has launched several “Buddie” films featuring the golden retriever puppies in “Air Buddies”, “Snow Buddies”, “Space Buddies” and now their fourth film titled “Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws”. The Blu-ray release contains a Blu-ray and also a DVD for the film as well.

Oh there’s a bit of Dickens, Mary and Joseph, St. Nicolas, Grinch, Rudolph, Peanuts, and all the other beloved Christmas stories wrapped up in this film, (oh and even a bit of the Tim Allen films). The dogs are cute. They say silly things. The special effects have evolved to a much better level, the talking dogs look a bit more plausible. George Wendt (Cheers), Tom Bosley (Happy Days and Charlie’s Angels), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), and Tim Conway (The Carol Burnett Show) are all long time actors that probably had fun doing this movie. No they don’t turn in stellar performances, but they do just enough to not look stupid next to the dogs, the real stars.

I’m sure that young children will enjoy this film. In fact, the inclusion of the DVD along with the Blu-ray can definitely be useful during those long holiday commutes. But I will say that I was disappointed by the small amount of special features included with this release.
Movie Quality: 7.5/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Colors are vivid and bold looking. Flesh tones are natural and accurate. You can see strands of fur in the dog’s coats which provides for a sharp and detailed image. Black levels are strong. With some of the CGI used in this film, it did not look like Disney quality at all which is a shame. The moment the scenes with the CGI appear on your screen, it becomes very noticeable.
Video Quality: 8/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. This is more of a dialogue driven film, so it does not take advantage of the soundfield. During the moments that the soundfield is used, it’s for the soundtrack and the minor effects. Dialogue is clean through the center channel with no apparent hiccups.
Audio Quality: 8/10

Special Features

  • Sing Along Songs [HD]
  • Music Video [HD]
  • DVD Previews

Special Features: 5/10

Final Thoughts

Like ‘Space Budies’ before it, ‘Santa Buddies’ knows its audience and never strays from its goal to entertain children under the age of 10. The film is good on both Blu-ray and DVD, with the Blu-ray winning out from a technical standpoint. If you are a fan of the franchise, you will enjoy this film.
Overall Rating: 7/10