Shelby: A Magical Holiday Tail

DVD Release: October 13, 2015
Shelby: A Magical Holiday Tail


It takes a special kind of dog to teach a family some new tricks. Christmas is coming, and notorious stray pup/escape artist Shelby (voiced by Rob Schneider) is once again locked up in the dog pound. But when a spoiled rich kid tries to adopt him for all the wrong reasons, Shelby runs away and hides in the suburban basement of 10-year-old aspiring magician Jake Parker (John Paul Ruttan of ROBOCOP). With the frazzled local dogcatcher (Tom Arnold) hot on their tail, can Jake, his siblings and their visiting grandpa (Chevy Chase) pull off the ultimate trick to rescue Shelby and make him part of their family forever? Jefferson Brown (MAKE YOUR MOVE) co-stars in this heartwarming comedy about Christmas miracles, Christmas magic, and the holiday love that speaks to us all.

Dove Review

Being a dog on the run is never easy, especially with a dogcatcher in pursuit. Shelby is an expert escape artist and breaks himself out of the local dog pound. He has never had a family, but while hiding from Doug the dogcatcher Shelby finds himself in a loving home with 10-year-old Jake and his family.

This is a heartwarming tale about a family and a dog discovering the special friendship between people and animals. Filled with comedy from Chevy Chase as grandpa and Tom Arnold as the dogcatcher, the entire family will have a great time viewing this Christmas film.

We are proud to give the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages to this Christmas movie that will put a smile on everyone’s face.

Content Description

Sex: Sexual innuendo about breasts; man talks about putting on wife's clothes after her death because he misses her.
Language: Sucks, sucker-2; clink, slammer, can; OG-2; crap; gross; bugger nose.
Violence: Dog hit by plow truck; dog taken to incinerator room; boy does magic trick with guillotine and decapitates a doll; man yells at boy.
Drugs: Wine with meal, man drinking from a wine glass, man asks for scotch; comment about laxative in dog's food; kids put laxative in dogcatcher's food.
Nudity: None
Other: Woman has a rude attitude; siblings picking on one another; magic tricks; woman's comment about "sticking it to ex;" boy catching dog's poop; assumption that dog died.


Company: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Genre: Christmas
Runtime: 90 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe