The Search for Santa Paws

Synopsis: Magic dogs and an elf team up with two children to rescue Santa who has lost his memory.
Director(s): Robert Vince
Production: Key Pix
  1 nomination.
96 min

lt's tinker time

The deadline's Christmas Eve

We're working hard

to fill the sleigh

So Santa Claus can leave

Each year you see

You can depend on me

We'll make the perfect Christmas toy

for evey girl and boy!

Eveybody line up. Line up!

Santa's coming!

Hello, Eli.

Eveyone is welcome here

Santa's shop is full of cheer

Come on

There's lots more to be done

Christmas season starts today

Hury up and fill the sleigh

These toys are filled with so much joy

lt's tinker time

The deadline's Christmas Eve

We're working hard

to fill the sleigh

So Santa Claus can leave

Each year you see

You can depend on me

We'll make the perfect Christmas toy

For evey girl and boy

Happy Birthday, Santa dear

Sixteen hundred special years with you

How fast the seasons flew

Make a wish and blow them out

Celebrate a life about good cheer

Here's to another year

Thank you, eveyone!

What a cake!

Make a wish, Santa!

- May l have this dance?

- Why, yes.

Special delivey, Santa.

A gift for me?

Just arrived by North Pole Express.

lt's from the Big Apple.

''Dear Mr Claus:

l regret to inform you of

Mr Hucklebuckle's recent passing.

He explicitly asked me, as his

trusted attorney, to write to you

and thank you for your

Ioyal friendship throughout the years.''

Oh, dear.

''Mr Hucklebuckle enjoyed

passing on your message

to the children of New York.

You taught him the true meaning

of Christmas spirit...

...and the joy of a life of service.

l've sent you the birthday

present from Mr Hucklebuckle...

...that he had hoped

to give you himself.

Sincerely... Mr Stewart.''

Mr Hucklebuckle was a great

ambassador for the Santa Cause.


Look at this place.

- It's so nostalgic.

- Yeah, that's one word for it.

l used to spend Christmas here as a kid.

Nothing has changed.

What's this?

ls this a Santa chair?

Grandpa used to

dress up for the kids.

l'm sure the suit is

still around here somewhere.

He loved the whole Christmas season.

Mr Hucklebuckle, l presume.

- l'm Mr Stewart.

- Actually, it's Huckle.

l changed it years ago.

And this must be Mrs Huckle.

Please, call me Kate.

My condolences for your loss.

Your grandfather was more than a client,

he was a dear friend.

l remember him fondly.

So, as we were discussing

on the telephone,

your grandfather left you the key

to the store to do as you wish.

That's good. We're gonna put the

building on the market immediately.

There is, however, one stipulation.

You need to operate the store through

one Christmas season profitably

before the deed can be transferred.

We live in Los Angeles,

Mr Stewart, all right?

And l'm a CPA with

a full roster of clients.

And look at this place.

Here, look at these toys.

Kids don't want to play

with this stuff anymore. It's...

lt's old-fashioned.

Your grandfather used to say that

children's imaginations don't change.

They're timeless.

These toys even remind me

of my childhood.

Back when they didn't

make video games.

We'll keep the store open

through Christmas, Mr Stewart.

Kate, we can't just pick up and leave.

Your grandfather's apartment

on the upper level is open to you.

Plenty of room, and l'm sure

your children will love it here.

We haven't been blessed

with any children.

l'm sory.

l'll be back Christmas Day,

Mr Hucklebuckle.

- Again, it's Huckle.

- Yes, of course.

Happy Holidays.

Mery Christmas.

Don't wory, Quinn.

It'll be vey nice in there.

There'll be other kids

for you to play with.

Come on.


- Yes?

- Hi, Ms Stout?

l believe you're expecting us.

l'm Mrs Gibson from

Social Services and this... Quinn.

Oh, yes, the new one.

Come right in.

Oh, my. The place could use a little

Christmas cheer, don't you think?

lf l got more money from the state,

maybe l could afford

some Christmas decorations.

Oh, here you go...

for Quinn's monthly care.

Shall we introduce Quinn

to the other girls?

They're studying. l take their

home schooling vey seriously.

Quinn, l'll be back in a little bit.

To make sure you've settled in.


Ms Stout.

Sit there.

l'll have someone show you around,

and more importantly,

fill you in on all my rules.



- Have you seen Willamina?

- No.

Janie, where's Ms Stout?

Where have you been, missy?

l was just playing in the alley.

New kid, much cuter than you,

and younger, l'm sure she'll go fast.

l want you to show her around,

introduce her to the girls,

and make sure she

understands my rules.

Why do l always have

to show the new kids around?

Because you're the oldest and l

hold you accountable for her behaviour.

Willamina, this is Quinn.


You'll get used to it.

And it's Will, not Willamina.

Come on,

l'll show you around.

- This is the living room.

- But where's the Christmas tree?

Ms Stout can't stand Christmas,

so none of us are allowed to have it.

No merriness, no festivity.

She confiscates any toys.

And most of all, she hates

any kind of singing.

Eveyone, this is Quinn.

Quinn, that's Janie,

Meg, Taylor, and May.

What happened to your parents?

They didn't make it.

They had to go to heaven.

Mine neither. Janie's too, but she still

thinks they're gonna come for her.

They are gonna come for me.

You'll see.

And maybe even before Christmas.

Nobody's parents are coming for them.

That's why we're here, silly.

Your only chance is to get adopted.

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Robert Vince

Robert Vince is a Canadian director, producer, writer and screenwriter. He has been involved in movie production since the late 1980s and has been directing movies since 2000. Vince specializes in directing movies that feature animals playing sports, such as MVP: Most Valuable Primate, the Air Buddies series, and Chestnut: Hero of Central Park. He's also William Vince's brother. more…

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