Saved by the Dog Alone
George Bannister (Gary Valentine) and his family are looking forwards to spending Christmas in their new home but after learning that there has been a spate of burglaries in the area George goes and gets them a dog to guard their home. Unfortunately, Zeus, the Labrador which George picks turns out to not be the great guard dog the family had hoped for, he doesn't even bark. But when the Bannister's leave Zeus home alone when they go to visit a relative it gives Zeus the chance to prove he can be the dog they wanted as the house is targeted by burglars.
So "Home Alone" but with a dog, that is pretty much all you need to know about "The Dog Who Saved Christmas" or at least know to understand what the movie is about. Of course being a dog movie there has to be some home wrecking antics from the new canine family member to start with but when it comes to the main storyline we have a dog left home alone, a couple of less that expert burglars and of course are dog protecting the home. And whilst it isn't overly original or that amazing the most important thing is that if I was an eight year old I would find it entertaining. Yes as a grown up I found "The Dog Who Saved Christmas" having a bit too much of a groan factor but then it wasn't made with a grown up audience in mind.
Now that does lead me with a slight problem because as a grown up there were things which bugged me; the production had a slight cheapness to it whilst a lot of the jokes were a bit too stupid for me. But I reckon if I was eight years old these issues wouldn't matter and some of the bad jokes would still entertain. Despite this the casting is nice with Gary Valentine and Elisa Donovan making for amusing parents whilst Mario Lopez's voice works well as the inner voice of Zeus. And then there is Dean Cain as one of the burglars and who seems in this purely because they wanted a familiar name to lure in an audience.
What this all boils down to is that "The Dog Who Saved Christmas" isn't a great Christmas movie and probably won't keep a grown up entertained. But for young children the fun of a dog dealing with a couple of burglars at Christmas will probably keep them amused.