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Santa Buddies (2009)




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Talking puppies head to the North Pole on a mission to help Santa (George Wendt) save Christmas in this charming holiday adventure for the entire family. When Puppy Paws sees that Budderball made the naughty list this year, he tries to help his furry pal get back on Santa's good graces.

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George Wendt
as Santa Claus
Liliana Mumy
as Rosebud
Field Cate
as Buddha
Josh Flitter
as Butterball
Tim Conway
as Sniffer
Tom Bosley
as Santa Claus
Richard Kind
as Eddy the Elf Dog
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Critic Reviews for Santa Buddies

All Critics (5)

It's not as good as the previous Space Buddies was, but with a Christmas theme, it makes a great thing to watch with the family during the holidays.

July 21, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Without a doubt the worst Buddies movie and one of the more tedious holiday films I've had to sit through.

February 11, 2012 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

It's a tidy story, but never remarkable, and a few burp jokes reveal disconcerting limitations to the goodwill of the film.

December 7, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Santa Buddies is the equivalent of a flaming bag of doggie dung on your doorstep: it's impossible to explain what you did to deserve it and you want it gone and forgotten as soon as possible.

December 5, 2009 | Full Review…

...immediately establishes itself as a pointless and downright interminable family comedy that's almost entirely lacking in elements designed to appeal to older viewers.

November 29, 2009 | Rating: .5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Santa Buddies

Boring story with really annoying and badly done voice acting from all the stupid children, the puppies looked scary and mutated, totally not cute

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

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I've never seen an Air Bud movie. I know right? Insanity. But it's Christmas and so I just have to watch a ridiculous amount of Christmas movies, no matter how bad they are. This film just lays it out straight away. Santa and his dog (???) are walking (probably on the spot) in a painfully obvious CGI North Pole. Suddenly the dog talks, with a CGI mouth but a face as blank as a plank of wood. It turns out this is Santa Paws, the dog that delivers presents to all teh good puppies in the world. Anyway, the Christmas spirit is dying, and this causes the North Pole to lose power. Puppy Paws, a little ragamuffin that just wants to be a normal puppy, sets off to learn from the Air Buddies. This film will be painful to anybody over the age of 6. Sometimes the animals, such as the reindeer, are completely CGI, but don't fit their surroundings at all. Christopher Lloyd plays a dog catcher named Crooge (I can't believe I'm typing this either). He stalks around like some kind of serial killer, but goes completely slapstick when he needs to catch a dog. The movie also contains a sick and possibly dying little boy, a vomit inducing song, and characters such as B-Dawg. He's a puppy. He break dances. Once again, something that seems to be a staple of kids movies, we have a protagonist that ruins everything. He breaks stuff, gets puppies in trouble, and so on. WHy do kids films always have the message that it's OK to be an idiot? How about a character that uses common sense and has some social skills. He doesn't even learn a valuable lesson, those around him just have to accept him for who he is. The less said about the annoying voices the better, but one performance that simply can't be ignored is that of Santa. A supercut needs to be made of his reactions to terrible news. He's a lifeless soul in a film that aims for cute, but smashes through annoying.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

Of course this is not great cinema by any means, but the puppies are A-dorable!

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

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