I’m a dog person, so I was hooked from the start. I was very pleased to see that Frank Marshall was more interested in telling a story than just showing a bunch of dogs acting cute. He does a fine job of interweaving the story of the dogs’ survival with that of Jerry’s (Paul Walker) story of finding a way back to save them. Both stories were important to the film and a lesser director/studio might’ve taken the easier route of showing two hours of dogs playing in the snow. It is a great and remarkable story and one that I enjoyed watching on film.
The film stuttered when the attention was taken off of the dogs or Paul Walker. I’m still not sure what Jason Biggs was doing in this film other than to confirm he has absolutely no comedic tim…ti…timi…timing whatsoever. I don’t really care for Paul Walker, but after this and RUNNING SCARED, I might have to rethink that. He does a decent job of showing the range of emotions required for his character.
All in all, I think most families will enjoy this film. It has a great story and eight of the most loveable dogs you’ll see. However, be warned that you’ll need to keep the tissues close by because this one will make you cry. If it doesn’t, then I can only assume you have coal where your heart should be.
Commentary with Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley: This one overlaps quite a bit, but it’s definitely the more interesting of the two. They offer a ton of interesting tidbits that keep you hooked. For example, did you know that there is actually such a thing as a stand-in stunt-dog? Crazy.
Running With the Dogs (10:41): Finally, a featurette that doesn’t waste half the time with movie clips. There’s a lot of behind the scenes footage and interviews with the cast. Of course, many more shots of the dogs being cute.
Deleted Scenes (9:30): Mr. Biggs was in a lot of these scenes, so I can only assume that the director felt the same way about him that I did. You’ll recognize some clips from the trailer in here. They’re all pretty decent, but it’s easy to see why they got cut.
There are also some Previews.