Pause Before Paws
Having headed to New York, Santa Claus (Richard Riehle) ends up being hit by a cab and ending up losing his memory, eventually finding work as a department store Santa. Meanwhile an orphan named Quinn (Kaitlyn Maher) finds herself being left at the foster home run by disciplinarian Ms. Stout (Wendi McLendon-Covey) who doesn't do Christmas and burns all the foster kids toys. With Santa missing his friend Paws ends up going looking for him and ends up getting the help of Quinn and her friends to help him save the big fellow.
This review is likely to be very short as unfortunately "The Search for Santa Paws" did not do much for me and truth be told I only watched it because someone had given me "Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups" in a box of DVDs they no longer wanted. In fact I had no idea that "The Search for Santa Paws" was in fact a prequel to "Santa Buddies", another movie I haven't yet seen and seriously questioning whether I want to.
The thing is that quite simply "The Search for Santa Paws" is simply a movie for children who will find talking dogs amusing whilst enjoy the whole orphan foster home thing which is not only reminiscent of "Annie" but in this Kaitlyn Maher looks just like Toni Ann Gisondi did in "Annie with that vulnerability which adds to her coming across as cute. But as a grown up not only is there nothing other than cliches and familiar story ideas which fail to grab or amuse you. To be honest if I was over the age of ten I am not sure I would find that much in this which would keep me entertained.
What this all boils down to is that if you have young children who like talking dogs, Santa and plucky young orphans who have to deal with a mean carer then "The Search for Santa Paws" will probably entertain them. But it offers up next to nothing other than familiarity and cliche for any grown up who finds themselves watching this.