Snow Dogs

Snow Dogs
Snow Dogs
  • PG
  • 1h 39m
  • 2002
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Make no bones about it -- Disney's SNOW DOGS is a hilarious action-packed comedy your whole family will love. Eight adorable but mischievous dogs get the best of dog hater Ted Brooks (Cuba Gooding Jr.) when he leaves his successful Miami Beach dental practice for the wilds of Alaska to claim his inheritance -- seven Siberian huskies and a border collie -- and discover his roots. As Ted's life goes to the dogs, he rises to the occasion and vows to learn to mush with his inheritance. Totally out of his element, he faces challenges he's never dreamed of. There's a blizzard, thin ice, an intimidating crusty old mountain man named Thunder Jack (James Coburn), the Arctic Challenge Sled Dog Race that's only two weeks away, and a life-and-death rescue. This fish-out-of water, tail-wagging comedy is nothing but doggone good fun and a celebration of family -- both human and canine!

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: A mediocre live-action children's movie, Snow Dogs is filled with cliched dialogue, tiresome pratfalls, and stale fish-out-of-water jokes.
Chicago Tribune
Robert K. Elder

What Faustian bargain did Gooding make, forcing him to star in this insipid fish-out-of-water come...

June 17, 2017
Joe Leydon

Instantly forgettable.

June 17, 2017
Washington Post
Desson Thomson

Phoned-in business as usual.

June 17, 2017
Washington Post
William Triplett

If you have a soft spot for man's best friend, it's a pretty good throwaway movie.

June 17, 2017
USA Today
Claudia Puig

Five screenwriters are credited with the clich-laden screenplay; it seems as if each watered down...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Comic action, appealing hero, splendid dogs; some scares.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Snow Dogs is a farcical "fish-out-of-water" story that finds its hero, a Miami dentist, on an Alaskan adventure filled with exuberant racing dogs, an array of eccentric characters, and extensive amounts of cartoon jeopardy and pratfalls. Kids who watch this movie should be comfortable with the distinction between real and cartoonish danger, as some suspenseful scenes (a possibly tragic fall from a mountain road, then a character being suspended in midair) may be too intense for young or sensitive viewers. The hero is confronted by an angry bear and has numerous face-offs with Demon, who may or may not be a ferocious dog. In addition, there are countless falls, crashes, and scenes in which he is dragged behind a sled. A sweet love story makes its way through this comic mayhem. And, early in the story, it's revealed that, unbeknownst to him, the hero is an adopted child; fallout from this fact continues through the film. There's occasionally some mildly coarse humor (a dog pees on a tree), and product placement is profuse.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Family
  • Release Date:January 18, 2002
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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