I felt a bit like Mary Christmas the other day, as I popped a review book in the post for a special guest reviewer to read and report on when she has time. At the same time, I was able to give away some double passes to a new movie to some other lovely followers.
One of the best things about blogging is being able to give things away. Seriously, I'm like a puppy with a bladder full of wee and a street full of lamp posts!
On this occasion, Porter Novelli Australia Pty Limited, Aussie Mummy Bloggers, and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment sent the kids and I a preview copy of The Search For Santa Paws to review. You can see the trailer here.
Isn't it cute?
And lucky readers, I also have a copy of The Search For Santa Paws movie to give away at MIA. A proper one, in a case and EVERYTHING. Just like you get at the shops. You could even give it as a present! (Reviewers get basic CD in a clear film package.)
Now the reason for the preview:
Generally journalists and writers are lucky enough to see movies and DVDs before the general public. This is: A. So we can review them and presumably encourage people to see them (good or bad, any publicity tends to be good publicity); and B: To work out which stars and/or movies would make good features and secure interviews well in advance.
I remember, in my glory days of writing for magazines in London, when the editorial team saw a preview of Four Weddings And A Funeral, and we all tried to convince the editor that we needed to interview a guy called Hugh Grant, because he was going to be BIG. (Well, big in the movie star sense. I cannot vouch for his size in any other area).
Anyway, the (hetrosexual male) editor tutted and said: "No one's ever heard of him. NEXT." (Because a female or gay editor would have totally been into Hugh immediately, right?)
So we passed on the free interview we'd been offered, and a few months later when Four Weddings was making a killing at the box office, and Elizabeth Hurley started wearing next to nothing, our esteemed editor demanded an interview with Hugh Grant, and gave us a bollocking for not having done so already.
By then Hugh was far too popular for his people to even speak to our people, but one of my colleagues did score a phone interview with Liz Hurley, which was almost as good. Especially as she was given Liz and Hugh's home number on which to do it, and she spent the next few weeks trying not to phone them to listen to their answer machine message.
But I digress.
As luck would have it, our preview Santa Paws DVD arrived the day the kids and I were ordered to rest up because we all had tonsillitis, fevers, and were contagious.
I felt like a magician as I whipped out the magical disc (ie, the Santa Paws DVD), before the kids could moan about having nothing to do.
I then set them up with ice-cream, sick bowls, and antibiotics, before settling down to enjoy the movies. Afterwards, (okay during as well), the kids shared their thoughts.
I've weeded out the irrelevant ones like: 'Mum, C. keeps putting his feet on me', and 'Mum, H. just farted on me.' And the classic: "Mum, I'm gonna spew!"
Despite all that, they enjoyed Santa Paws and here is what they thought:.
Mr 9: "The start is silly. I hate the singing. It gets better after that. I liked the bit where Santa got knocked over by the car. That was funny." (Yes, he does see a child psychologist.) I want a magic crystal like Santa and Paws. (Don't we all, son? Don't we all?)
Miss 7: Santa looked weird, I didn't really like him much. He's not like the real Santa. I hated the mean lady. Why do mean ladies always have orphanages? I love Paws, I even loved him when he became a toy. I want a magic crystal like Santa and Paws. (See above.)
Ms 42 (AKA Me): This is the prequel to Santa Buddies, which my kids loved, so the approval rating was already pretty high.
The cute dogs and their antics held the kids pretty much spellbound, but they lost interest during the singing and dancing scenes (which is when the touching and farting began. On my couch at home, not in the movie). The Christmassy scenes were gorgeous.
It's a cute enough movie, very predictable, but it hits all the right buttons for primary school-age kids. Younger kids might be a bit upset at some of the scenes, and teens would probably act bored, but might give in and watch if they're in the same room.
Also? In the extras section, Debby Reynolds who is apparently quite hot right now, does a rocking rendition of Deck The Halls, which both kids loved.
I'd recommend it as a rainy/sick day/Christmas holiday viewing.
(And Miss 7 is right, the Santa did look a bit creepy. And I want a magic crystal too).
If you would like to win a copy of The Search For Santa Paws (rated F), just leave a comment below.
The winner will be announced on Friday, November 26.