Schneider in the Dog House
Shelby the dog lives down at the pound and knows that before long he is going to be taken in to the room where no dog returns from. So Shelby plots his escape which he puts into effect when a snooty woman comes looking for a dog which can do tricks. On the run from the Doug the Dog Catcher (Tom Arnold), Shelby ends up taking refuge in the home of the Parker's where young Jake (John Paul Ruttan) discovers him whilst also discovering that with Shelby by his side his magic tricks begin to work. But not only does Jake need to keep Shelby a secret in his chaotic home but also avoid Doug who is desperate to track Shelby down for the snooty client.
I love Christmas movies and whilst its been a long time since I was a child I still enjoy Christmas movies which target those who won't realise when something is unoriginal and corny. But when it comes to "Shelby: The Dog Who Saved Christmas" I found it all a bit strange because here is a children's comedy featuring a talking dog or at least we hear the voice of the dog but then there are elements such as dog's being put down and mention of breasts which seem very out of place
To put "Shelby: The Dog Who Saved Christmas" into context this is a movie which relies on the comedy of Rob Schneider providing the voice of Shelby the dog and dropping wise cracks every where. So yes we hear the inner voice of a dog which I know if I had been 8 years old would have found it amusing. Listening to Shelby mention he needs to go outside is kind of funny for young children and then there are plenty of other moments of comedy including some slapstick.
But then as I said there is the adult side and from dogs pooping on the floor, grandpa mentioning he hasn't seen breasts like that in a long time as they carve the turkey and many more scenes of innuendo which whilst aimed at grown ups might lead to some awkward questions. There is also some dumb comedy such as grandpa blogging everything which falls flat every time even when grandpa is played by Chevy chase.
What this all boils down to is that "Shelby: The Dog Who Saved Christmas" actually seems a little misguided as it appears to be a children's movie with a young boy and a dog who we can hear its inner thoughts. But then it has its fair share of comedy which is questionable for the age of the audience who will enjoy hearing Rob Schneider delivering the dog's sarcastic inner monologue.