What a wonderful Christmas movie for the whole family! I believe it is something both children and adults will enjoy. And it has the neatest story - so moving, so positive and so heartfelt. I really loved this movie! It put me in the holiday spirit, and my two children (a boy and a girl, ages 6 and 10) had the best time watching it. It was also nice to see a Christmas movie with a deeper meaning, as opposed to one of those stereotypical, somewhat superficial Christmas movies.
My kids were actually crazy about the first one, "Adventures of Bailey - The Lost Puppy." (That movie was definitely geared toward a younger audience, but I have to admit, I ended up liking it, too.) So when we saw the second Bailey movie had come out, we had to get it. And I have to tell you, I was elated when my kids liked this one as much as the first one, if not more. I was also so impressed with the movie, I went online to order some copies as gifts, and that's when I decided I should post a review. I don't want to give away the story, and I do not want to spend time detailing the plot. I just want to take the time to point out some of the things my kids (and I) liked about this movie.
They thought it was cool to see Bailey as he has grown from a puppy to a dog, and they loved being part of his new adventure. His brother, Duke, accompanied Bailey this time, which really added to the fun. We're dog lovers at our house, and we feel like our dogs are members of our family. So it's not that difficult for us to buy into the dogs being main characters and talking and doing all these things. Besides that's the fun of it! And I actually prefer the dogs' mouths don't move - it can look so fake. My kids are fine with it, too. Unlike the first Bailey film, the family is an integral part of the movie, and I think the human and dog stories blended together really well. It kind of reminded me of the Disney film, "Homeward Bound," which I loved.
If you love Christmas and you love dogs, it's a must see! It has both entertainment value and an incredible message. It flowed really well (my kids were never bored -- neither was I, for that matter), the acting was solid, the scenery and all the Christmas lights and decorations were great, and the dogs were awesome. It's simply a beautiful, little film.