Snow Dogs

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Two Oscar-winning actors add a family-oriented comedy to their resumes with this Disney-produced arctic adventure. Snow Dogs stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as Ted Brooks, a Florida-dwelling dentist with a successful chain of offices and a comfy, poolside lifestyle. All this changes, however, when he finds out that he was actually adopted as a child, and that his birth mother has died and left him an inheritance in her home state of Alaska, of all places. After arriving in the snow-bound clime, Ted learns that he has been...
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Two Oscar-winning actors add a family-oriented comedy to their resumes with this Disney-produced arctic adventure. Snow Dogs stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as Ted Brooks, a Florida-dwelling dentist with a successful chain of offices and a comfy, poolside lifestyle. All this changes, however, when he finds out that he was actually adopted as a child, and that his birth mother has died and left him an inheritance in her home state of Alaska, of all places. After arriving in the snow-bound clime, Ted learns that he has been willed a pack of cutely named sled dogs: Demon, Diesel, Dutchess, Nana, Mack, Scooper, Sniff, and Yodel. Problem is, the town's premiere sled-dogger, Thunder Jack (James Coburn), wants the pack for himself, and encourages Ted to go back to his tropical environs. But with a major sled-dog race looming, Ted's inspired to learn the ropes, as it were, and prove himself worthy of his birth mother's inheritance -- any way he can. Snow Dogs was directed by Jingle All the Way's Brian Levant and features some animatronic dog effects by Jim Henson's Creature Shop; the script was very loosely adapted from popular author Gary Paulsen's nonfiction book Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod.
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No review of Snow Dogs would be complete without a couple obligatory words bemoaning how far Cuba Gooding Jr. has fallen since Jerry Maguire. It's possible Gooding never wanted to uphold the reputation of Oscar winner, and accepted being on a downward slide since that career pinnacle. But it's doubtful he imagined himself scrambling through the Alaskan wilderness, over-emoting like a buffoon, eyes and mouth fighting to see which could open the widest. Such slouching toward stereotypes is a disturbing trend in Disney movies, though the premise itself might be more directly responsible for turning the film into a walking punch line. To be sure, Gooding gives it his all, but Snow Dogs may have needed less than that to work. For the youngest children, just giving the dogs facial expressions might be enough. But older ones will probably find it square at best. Since this is Disney, the movie is assembled with a certain tidy competence and at least a minimum of good cheer; another Disney byproduct is that it deals with an orphan type seeking out his long-lost parentage, part of an ongoing thematic preoccupation. And sure, it's nice to empower Alaska as a demographic, as well as the tragically ignored sport of dog sledding. But unless you're a Star Trek fan peeking in to see Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) as Gooding's mother, mush onward.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2002
  • UPC: 786936181654
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Presentation: Slipsleeve
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cuba Gooding Jr. Ted Brooks
James Coburn Thunder Jack
Sisqo Rupert
Nichelle Nichols Amelia Brooks
Joanna Bacalso Barb
Graham Greene Peter Yellowbear
Brian Doyle-Murray Ernie
M. Emmet Walsh George
Jean-Michel Pare Olivier
Michael Bolton Himself
Technical Credits
Brian Levant Director
Thomas E. Ackerman Cinematographer
Roger Bondelli Editor
Doug Byggdin Art Director
John Debney Score Composer
Mark Gibson Screenwriter
Michael Goldberg Screenwriter
Casey Grant Executive Producer, Producer
Philip Halprin Screenwriter
Jordan Kerner Producer
Jim Kouf Screenwriter
Stephen Lineweaver Production Designer
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Monique Prudhomme Costumes/Costume Designer
Benjamin Rosenberg Asst. Director
Cathy Sandrich Casting
Tommy Swerdlow Screenwriter
Christine Whitaker Executive Producer
Elizabeth Wilcox Set Decoration/Design
Rob Young Sound/Sound Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kids and parents fun.

    We watched it together as a family including my 4 years old and we all laugh a lot. She loves the movie and wanted to see it again. Kids may pick up on different things than adults, but had a great time too. Characters were well defined for a comedy, and story moved fast enough to keep you interested. I would recommend it for anyone who wants an easy movie with lots of jokes. Definitely good for a family to watch together.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Heartwarming film....

    I love Snow Dogs, but it wasn't until after I saw it for the 2nd time that it really grew on me. The first time I saw it, I was a little disturbed by that scene when Thunder Jack knocked Ted out to the ground after referring to Ted as &quot ancient history&quot as his own son. But, as I watched the film more and more, I realize that it was all a part of slapstick comedy, and Thunder Jack's intimidating personality, I suppose...just that this particular scene was a bit too much. The fact that Thunder Jack and Ted rescued each other later on in the film was a plus. And, once Thunder Jack explained to Ted his true involvement with Ted's deceased mother Lucy, and the fact that neither of them were ready to be parents when they decided to give Ted up for adoption...it became clear that old Thunder Jack was not so bad- deep down (and neither was Lucy). The end of the movie was quite touching. I especially liked Sisko's role as Rupert in the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Snow Dogs

    This is a awesome movie!!! The best dog in the film is Demon!! I think he has the prettiest blue eyes I ever saw!! The other dogs are great to Yodel is also cute. But Demon steals the film!! I highly recommend this movie for everyone!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Snow Dogs

    The movie was greeeeat!! i could never get tired of watching it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Good movie!

    I love Snow Dogs! It is such a cute and funny movie! I love watching it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie

    I have seen the movie more than once. I like the movie. I like the end of the movie. It is a funny movie. Haven't seen this movie yet? you should see it. I have seen it. It is the BEST movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT FUNNY MOVIE !!

    This is a movie you'll want to watch over and over .It is so hallarios all through it. Its awsome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great family movie but beware!

    The beginning of the movie has a fairly insensitive remark/reaction to adoption which left the adults sitting on the edge for the rest of the movie the first time we saw it but ultimately it is a terrific movie and both the kids and adults in my family love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Snow dogs

    This is a fantastic movie, totally hilarious all the way through. Fantastic for your kids and enjoyable for the adult as well. You'll definitely want to see this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FUNNY&GREAT MOVIE

    This is an extremely great movie.It is so funny.Don't miss Snow Dogs.

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