The latest release from Engine 15 Media Group’s Adventures of Bailey series takes the beloved Golden Retriever down south to the Lone Star State in a mix of young love and literal puppy love and a madcap canine caper. A Night in Cowtown centers on a bumbling criminal that accidentally steals an elderly woman’s dog named Felix after losing Frankie, his boss’s dog. The theft happens as a result of a case of mistaken identity. This leads to the intertwining stories of young love between Bailey and Trixie, and that of his teenage owner, Abbi (Christine Galyean) and Marc (Mason Dye). The resultant hunt for Felix offers plenty of laughs and warm moments for the whole family.
The story behind this latest of Bailey’s adventures is a pretty simple one to follow. And much like many of Engine 15 Media Group’s other releases, this story too offers some slight Christian undertones. During one scene, audiences find Ski Bidwell (Mark Hanson) in a small church, holding Felix, and contemplating his personal future. This is the only moment throughout the course of the movie’s near hour and a half run time in which any religious imagery is presented. This is actually a very good thing for church groups as it keeps the story from being too preachy. It offers the remainder of its time to plenty of moments that make it a fun, family friendly movie that is worth the occasional watch.
While A Night in Cowtown is not a major motion picture, it holds its own with Disney’s releases in its Buddies franchise. Sure, the dog’s mouths don’t move with the Bailey movies. But other than that, Bailey’s latest adventure has just as much heart as Disney’s Buddy movies. Its production values, cinematography, and acting are at about the same level as the aforementioned series. Rick Shew, Trey Bumpass, and Christine Galyean have all returned for this third installment of the series as are Kenzie Pallone and Liz Franke who just happens to be directly related to director Steve Franke. That so much of the cast from the series’ second installment has returned for this film is largely to credit for the on screen performances. The performances from the cast are but one part of what held this direct-to-DVD movie together. Its cinematography was just as nice as the series’ previous installments. David Pinkston headed up the movie’s cinematography. He is the series third head of cinematography. And while each movie has now had someone different heading up that department, the shooting for this movie was just as solid as that of the previous installments. That leads to the movie’s production values. These are just as positive as everything else that went into bringing this installment of Bailey’s adventures to life.
Any viewer that is a fan of Disney’s Buddy movies or PBS’ classic series, Wishbone, will enjoy Adventures of Bailey: A Night in Cowtown. It isn’t as well known as the previously mentioned movies and series. But young viewers will enjoy this movie (and the previous adventures of Bailey) just as much as them. Its cast does a good job in its own right. The camera work, production, and scenery are just as good, too. All said and done, for a straight-to-DVD feature, it’s an enjoyable feature. It will be available in stores and online next Tuesday, May 21st. It can be purchased online via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Bailey-Night-Cowtown/dp/B009X66EP2/. The Phil’s Picks Facebook page is also giving away three copies of the movie on DVD this week for three lucky fans. Fans need only “Like” the Phil’s Picks Facebook page and write on the page’s timeline, noting that they want to be entered in the drawing for a copy of the movie.
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