Halloween is just around the corner once again. That means that before we know it, lots and lots of little ghouls, ghosts, princesses and more will be making their yearly rounds around neighborhoods, malls, and even churches. Some will also be heading to the associated Halloween parties with their friends and parents. This means that parents are going to be looking for family friendly fare to share at said get-togethers. Parents of young ladies would do well to start at the latest canine-centric small screen release, Chihuahua Too. The sequel to the company’s 2011 movie, simply titled Chihuahua is not a sequel to that movie. Nor is it a ripoff of Disney’s Buddy franchise. Though, it can be agreed that it does capitalize on the aforementioned franchise. EOne isn’t the first franchise to do this, either in its defense. Keeping this in mind, Chihuahua Too ends up being a good family friendly movie for younger female audiences’ Halloween parties.
Chihuahua Too is the latest family friendly release from Engine 15 Media Group, the company responsible for other canine based movies such as the Bailey trilogy just to name one group of movies. Chihuahua Too is different from those movies in that it has no link to the previous film in its franchise. It is its very own stand-alone story. Much like Engine 15’s other releases though, it maintains a positive message. The message presented in Chihuahua Too is one of the importance of family. The message is set up by having a young family that goes by the name of The Fasteners taking on a house once owned by its ancestors. There’s just one catch. The Fasteners aren’t alone in the house. The house is haunted by the spirit of a dog once owned by the Fasteners’ ancestors. The reason why the dog, named Sophie, is still in the house is revealed late in the story. And it’s that reveal that plays up the message of family.
The message of family is the most important factor of Chihuahua Too. It’s just part of what families and churches will appreciate about this piece for their Halloween parties and Fall Festival celebrations. Engine 15 Media Group is most well-known for churning out movies that are entirely family friendly. This is another positive to this latest release from Engine 15. There is no questionable content whatsoever at any point in the story. Sure, the acting could have been better. But this isn’t a big budget production. And Engine 15 isn’t a major studio. So those audiences that would prefer to talk and write negative things concerning the acting and general production values need to keep this in mind and watch it again. Perhaps in doing so, they will see the more intrinsic value of the feature, and appreciate it more.
The positive message about family and the family friendly content that make up Chihuahua Too are both important parts of the story’s overall presentation. There is one factor in this movie that has a latent effect on audience. Or rather, one would hope that it would have a latent effect. The hoped for latent effect of the story presented here is of an appreciation for classic movies. Some might consider this a stretch. But today’s movie industry pales by comparison to the golden era of Hollywood. Cohen Media Group, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox and others have proven in recent years (2013 included) that there is still very much a market for classic films. Maybe in being exposed to faux silent films, young audiences will gain a new interest in classics such as Cleopatra or other classics. Who knows, maybe it will even influence the parents of said children to become interested in the classics. On a side note, Cleopatra has been re-issued on a 50th Anniversary Blu-ray set by 20th Century Fox. It’s available now in stores and online. Chihuahua Too is also available now in stores and online. It can be ordered via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D3XMJMI/ref=s9_simh_gw_p74_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1DM9RH2JPP6ETJ128JM3&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846.
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