The Search for Santa Paws

Theatrical Release: November 23, 2010
DVD Release: November 23, 2010
The Search for Santa Paws


“The Search for Santa Paws” is a prequel to 2009’s “Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws.” When Santa and his new best friend, Paws, discover that the boys and girls of the world have lost the spirit of the season, they take a trip to New York City. But after Santa loses his memory, it’s up to Paws, a faithful orphan named Quinn (America’s Got Talent’s Kaitlyn Maher), her new friend Will (The Game Plan’s Madison Pettis) and a group of magical talking dogs to save St. Nick and show the world what Christmas is really all about.

Dove Review

This is a heartwarming, magical story and a great adventure for the holidays, or any time of the year. In this prequel, we learn how the loyal friendship of Santa Claus and Paws, the dog from 2009’s “Santa‚Äôs Buddies” began. This film includes wonderfully crafted settings, such as Santa’s North Pole home, great characters including Eli the head Elf, and remarkable scenes such as Santa’s sleigh passing the Stature of Liberty while in flight one wintry evening.

One tragic day Santa is hit by a cab and doesn’t remember who he is. Yes, Santa is struck with amnesia and his loyal companion, Paws begins a search in Manhattan for him, which is no easy trick. It is the holiday season and with a Santa on every street corner and in toy stores, the challenge becomes great.

Added to this plot is the story of some wonderful young girls who are living in a foster care home with a tyrant of a woman in charge named Miss Doubt. Miss Doubt wants nothing to do with Christmas and any cheery thoughts are quickly squashed whenever she is around. She seizes toys from the children and throws them into an incinerator.

The plot thickens when Santa is hired by a toy company to be Santa for the kids, and the owners are amazed when the kids take to him like he IS Santa Claus. Little do they know that he really is. In one nice scene in the movie, he encourages everyone to remember needy kids at Christmas time. As the story draws to a conclusion, we find several of our loyal friends in dire straits with Santa being their only hope. Will he regain his memory and come through in time to save Christmas, as well as the girls from the evil Miss Doubt? We won’t spoil it, but rest assured your kids will love the ending and this movie. There are some terrific songs included in the film. We are pleased to award this visually stunning movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages. Enjoy this charming tale with your entire family.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Toys are grabbed from children and thrown into an incinerator; a beloved character is in danger of being burned as a toy in the incinerator; a character is hit by a cab but survives.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: A man fakes being Santa in order to get money but he changes later on; a foster worker leaves children by themselves for a brief time; a girl has to stay in basement without dinner; a girl is in danger as she attempts to rescue a toy from the incinerator; there is a magic crystal and a magical Christmas icicle.


Company: Disney
Director: Robert Vince
Genre: Christmas
Runtime: 95 min.
Industry Rating: G
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter