We received a preview copy of Disney Spooky Buddies DVD, which is now available to purchase.
For anyone who doesn’t know (and I’m afraid I have to count myself among these) the ‘Buddies’ are a group of 5 puppies from the same litter, Rosebud, Budderball, B-Dawg, Buddha and Mudbud. They have different owners but still get together regularly to have adventures. They dress up and can talk just like humans. All in all a very cute irresistible package for children.
Spooky Buddies is the latest in a series of films starring the loveable pups, the others are Air Buddies, Space Buddies and Santa Paws.
I think I must have fallen behind the times a bit somehow. Although I was completely clueless when I was asked to review this film, I mentioned it to my children and their faces lit up immediately. Yes they had heard about the Buddies, and yes, this was definitely a film that they both really wanted to watch.
Spooky Buddies is set one Halloween night. The Buddies sneak into a haunted house. For a dare, one of them pretends to summon the Halloween Hound. The puppies and local townspeople think that the Halloween Hound is a bit of a scary myth, but it turns out that he is real, and the Halloween Hound and a hapless warlock villain are set loose in the town to cause mayhem. Thankfully the puppies gain an ally too – the ghost of the Halloween Hound’s most recent victim, a puppy called Pip. Together, villains, puppies and ghosts career round a small American town which is happily celebrating Halloween, and all kinds of mischief ensues.
I got a bit of a laugh out of the fact that the warlock, who has not visited America since 1937, doesn’t realise that all the witches, goblins, spooks etc. are just people dressed up, and assumes that some other warlock has finally come into his power. I’m not a great fan of the whole Halloween thing, and I was glad to see a bit of fun poked at it.
To be perfectly honest, I’m very glad that the film was not at the cinema. It is cute, and funny in a slapstick kind of way, but it is missing the deeper level of grown up humour that make many modern day children’s films so compelling for the whole family. Maybe it just that I don’t like Halloween, or maybe it was all just a little bit too cute for me, but I’m afraid my attention wandered quite quickly. After about half an hour, I got up from the film and went about my housework, dropping in every so often (and finding it easy to follow the plot).
My children however were transfixed… My daughter (8) was particularly taken with it. She loved the talking puppies (and there are two sets of five puppies in the film, plus several other doggy characters so it overflows with cuteness). Even my son (who is normally a Pokemon and Star Wars nut) seemed happy to watch. Both of them said that the film was really good, and they sat silently and still for the full running time (for which I thank Disney very much!)
So although the film wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, I would still recommend this DVD for children of primary school age, who still like puppies and cuteness. If your version of Halloween is more dark and scary then you will have to look elsewhere.
Disney’s Spooky Buddies have also teamed up with Dogs Trust to support their Sponsor a Dog scheme. Check out Rosebud, Budderball, B-Dawg, Buddha and Mudbud’s thoughts on the Sponsor a Dog scheme here: http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/
Release date: 10 October 2011
Voices: Sierra McCormick, Harland Williams, Elisa Donovan, Jennifer Elise Cox,
Frankie Jonas, Tucker Albrizzi, Brendan Meyer, Sage Ryan, Pat Finn, Max Charles, Charles Henry Wyson, Nels Lennarson & Michael Teigen
Director: Robert Vince
Running Time: 85 minutes approx
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