It's time for true confessions, and I must confess . . . The Digital Hairshirt is an easy pushover for movies with dogs. With this thought in mind, I recommend bringing your children to see the new offering from Disney, "Eight Below."
The story is based on some true facts about a band of sled dogs that are unintentionally left abandoned at an Antartic science camp when bad weather, emergency evacuation, and weight limits on small planes converge. From there are two story lines - the dogs' one of survival in a bitter and harsh environment and the owner's one of trying to get the help and support to go back and either rescue the dogs or at least find out what happened to them.
Warning , though - it is a tearjerker, even for you big guys who cried like little girls when Old Yeller got shot in the end ("No, Ma, I'll do it . . . he's my dog"). The USCCB rates it A-II, and there are several scenes that would be fightening to a young child (including a particularly nasty leopard seal). I took my 5-year-old but then, this is a kid who handles all exposure to tragedy by stating with much assurance that "God brings them to Heaven."
Anyway, if you like dogs with guts rather than cutesy lap dogs or yuppie retrievers, this is the movie for you.