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The Search for Santa Paws

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Directed by: Robert Vince
Written by: Robert Vince
Anna McRoberts
Release date: November 23, 2010
Running time: 1 hour, 36 minutes
Rating: G
Available on: DVD

The Search for Santa Paws is a 2010 direct-to-video film that serves as a prequel to Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws.


The film opens at the North Pole where the immortal 1,600-year-old Santa Claus gets news that his old friend, New York toy shop owner Mr. Hucklebuckle, has passed away. The news of his death comes with a present, a stuffed dog "toy" that Hucklebuckle had wanted Santa to have. Thanks to the magic of the great Christmas icicle, that stuffed dog comes to life as a puppy whom Santa befriends and names Paws.

Meanwhile in Manhattan, Hucklebuckle's lawyer Mr. Stewart explains to James Huckle that his grandfather's shop will be his, provided that he and his wife Kate can manage it profitably for one holiday season. That sounds kind of whack to the Huckles, self-important Angelenos who can't seem to conceive children. But they agree to it, temporarily moving into the unseen apartment above the shop.

The orphans come into play at a West 64th Street girls' foster home, evidently the worst foster home in the world. It is run by Ms. Stout, a woman far more evil than her surname suggests. She confiscates any toys the girls have and immediately brings them down to the basement to burn in the incinerator.

She also locks misbehaving kids down there (the basement, not the incinerator) overnight. Her whipping girl is Willamina ("Will" for short), who is getting a bit long in the tooth for adoption. The newest ward is 6-year-old Quinn, who takes a liking to Will.

The Miracle on 34th Street part of the equation is the result of Santa Claus and Paws taking a trip to New York City. Through his own fault (and his dog's recklessness), Santa gets sort of brushed by a taxi cab, which is enough to cause confusion and memory loss. Santa forgets who he is and what he's doing. To boot, Paws gets separated from him and an unscrupulous hobo pockets Santa's sacred possessions.

Fortunately, disoriented Santa wanders into the Hucklebuckle toy shop and has just the look the Huckles need for their in-store Santa. He takes the job and single-handedly brings business in with his thoughtful ideas and golden demeanor.


Actor Character
Madison Pettis Willamina
Kaitlyn Maher Quinn
John Ducey James Huckle
Bonnie Somerville Kate Huckle
Wendi McLendon-Covey Ms. Stout
Danny Woodburn Eli
G. Hannelius Janie
Richard Riehle Santa Claus
Patrika Darbo Mrs. Claus
Chris Coppola Gus
Pete Gardner Franklin
Bill Cobbs Mr. Stewart
Jonathan Morgan Heit Jimmy
Kathryn Kirkpatrick Mrs. Gibson
Nicole Leduc Meg
Michelle Creber Taylor
Melody Choi Mary
Diedrich Bader Comet (voice)
Zachary Gordon Paws (voice)
Richard Kind Eddy (voice)
Joshua Josh Flitter T-Money (voice)
Mitchel Musso Santa Paws (voice)
Jason Connery Haggis (voice)
Christopher Massey Rasta (voice)

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The Walt Disney Company
Animated shorts
Empty SocksMickey's OrphansSanta's WorkshopMickey's Good DeedThe Night Before ChristmasToy TinkersPluto's Christmas TreeThe Small OneMickey's Christmas Carol • "Jingle Bells, Something Smells" • "The Nutcracker" • "Mickey's Mixed Nuts" • "Mickey's Christmas Chaos" • Operation: Secret Santa • "Oh, Christmas Tree!"
Animated The Nightmare Before ChristmasBeauty and the Beast: The Enchanted ChristmasMickey's Once Upon a ChristmasWinnie the Pooh: Seasons of GivingMickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of MouseRecess Christmas: Miracle on Third StreetA Very Merry Pooh YearMickey's Twice Upon a ChristmasMy Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Sleuth Christmas MovieA Christmas Carol
Live-action Babes in ToylandOne Magic ChristmasThe Christmas StarErnest Saves ChristmasA Mom For ChristmasIn the Nick of TimeThe Muppet Christmas CarolThe Santa ClauseThe Christmas TreeI'll Be Home For ChristmasSanta Who?The Ultimate Christmas Present 'Twas the NightThe Santa Clause 2Eloise at ChristmastimeThe Santa Clause 3: The Escape ClauseSanta BuddiesThe Search for Santa PawsGood Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
Television specials and episodes
Television specials From All of Us to All of YouA Disney Christmas GiftA Disney Channel ChristmasWinnie the Pooh and Christmas TooA Goof Troop ChristmasPhineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!Prep & LandingMickey's Christmas SpecialPrep & Landing: Naughty vs. NiceToy Story That Time Forgot
Disney Television Animation episodes "Jolly Molly Christmas" • "It's a Wonderful Leaf" • "Miracle at the 34th Precinct" • "Doug's Secret Christmas" • "A Christmas Cruella" • "Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave" • "Don't Be Elfish" • "A Kosher Christmas" • "A Dog For All Seasons" • "The Worst Holiday Ever" • "Holiday Time" • "Seven Days of Kwannza" • "The Blight Before Christmas" • "Pete's Christmas Caper" • "Clarabelle's Christmas List" • "Happy Holidays, Mr. Gruff!" • "A Very Possible Christmas" • "Topper" • "On Whiskers, On Lola, On Cheryl and Meryl" • "Hairy Christmas" • "A Giftmas Story" • "Season's Beatings" • "Dick Daring's All-Star Holiday Stunt Spectacular V" • "Stitch and Santa" • "A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas" • "A Cousin Kyle Christmas" • "Merry Fishmas, Milo" • "The Gift" • "Gingersnaps and Grumpy Snaps / Jollybells"
Playhouse Disney / Disney Junior episodes "A Circus Town Christmas" • "Twinkle's Wish" • "The Christmas Wish " • "The Wind-Up Toy Prince" • "Mickey Saves Santa" • "The Night Before Zipsmas / A Gift For Zooter" • "Flicker Saves Christmas" • "The Ayalas' Christmas Extravaganza" • "The Living Holiday Lights" • "It's a Winter Never Land!" • "A Very McStuffins Christmas" • "Holiday in Enchancia" • "Captain Scrooge" • "Winter's Gift" • "Toby's Christmas Critter / A Very Tricky Christmas"
Television specials The Walt Disney Christmas ShowChristmas at Pooh CornerA Magic Kingdom Yuletide SpecialThe Disney Christmas SpecialMickey's NutcrackerDisney's Christmas Fantasy on IceA Muppets Christmas: Letters to SantaGood Luck Jessie: NYC ChristmasJessie's Aloha Holidays with Parker & JoeyDisney Channel Fa-La-La-Lidays Celebrates a Radio Disney Family Holiday
Television episodes Walt Disney Television "Christmas at the Circus" • "Christmas in Wonderland" • "Refrigerator Day" • "A Roman Holiday" • "Fountain" • "Happy Holidays" • "Heck of a Hanukkah" • "Xtreme Xmas" • "Escape Claus" • "Christmas at the Tipton" • "Christmas Break" • "Killing Me Softly With His Height" • "Present Problem" • "Happy Ha-Ha Holidays" • "A So Random! Holiday Special" • "A London Carol" • "Bro Ho Ho" • "So Random! Episode 18" • "Pair of Santas" • "sANTa's Little Helpers" • "Christmas Story" • "Jingle It Up" • "A Little Elf Esteem" • "A Duncan Christmas" • "Bark! The Herald Angels Sing" • "Merry Merry It Up" • "Oh, Christmas Nuts!" • "Big Dreams & Big Apples" • "Fa La La La-A-Rooney" • "Mix-Ups & Mistletoes" • "Twas the Mission Before Christmas" • "silANT night" • "Twas the Fight Before Christmas" • "Girl Meets Home for the Holidays" • "Stan Steals Christmas" • "Merry Miss Sis" • "Santas & Secrets" • "Secret Santa" • "Twas the Fight Before Christmas" • "The Girls of Christmas Past" • "Santas & Surprises" • "Joy-to-a-Rooney"
Touchstone / ABC Studios "It's a Marginal Life" • "Yule Better Watch Out" • "I'm Scheming of a White Christmas" • "Santa's Little Helper" • "'Twas the Blight Before Christmas" • "Some Like It Hot Rod" • "'Twas the Night Before Chaos" • "'Twas the Flight Before Christmas" • "Easy Street" • "Bright Christmas" • "A Very Topanga Christmas" • "Home for the Holidays" • "An According to Jiminy Christmas" • "One Office Party Too Many" • "The Christmas Party" • "Secret Santa" • "Silent Night, Opening Night" • "Stalking Santa" • "Aru-Bah Humbug" • "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" • "The Gift of Maggie" • "Christmas Time" • "Light the Lights" • "The Miracle Song" • "Fake Plastic Snow" • "The Nutcracker" • "Two for the Money" • "Holidaze" • "Boom Crunch" • "Cold Turkey" • "How the 'A' Stole Christmas"
A Family ChristmasDisney's Merry Christmas CarolsA Pooh ChristmasDisney's Christmas CollectionDisney's Christmas Collection IIDisney's Family Christmas CollectionDisney's Snowy ChristmasDisney's Princess Christmas AlbumDisney's Merry Little ChristmasA Green and Red ChristmasDisney's Holiday Celebration 2007Disney Channel HolidayDisney Holiday Magic 2009Disney Winter Wonderland 2010Phineas and Ferb Holiday FavoritesMickey's Magical Holiday 2011Disney Channel Holiday Playlist
Disney Parks Christmas Day ParadeThe Magic of Christmas at DisneylandThe Magic of Christmas at Walt Disney WorldFa-La-La-Lidays

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