Release Date: 26 September 2008
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Piper Perabo, Andy Garcia, George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis
Director: Raja Gosnell
Chloe, a pampered Chihuahua from California, is taken to Mexico by her temporary dog-nanny (Rachel) and gets lost in the mean streets, where she meets a new friend and they attempt to outrun and outwit a gang. Meanwhile, Chloe's admirer back home, a rescued stray Chihuahua named Papi, embarks on a mission to rescue her.
This Disney's talking-dogs movie has been sentenced to death by movie critics but actually has entertainment value worth shelling out for (albeit strictly for canine lovers).
The storyline, though tired, is saved by doses of humour and the cast of great voices, featuring Latinos Andy Garcia, George Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Paul Rodriguez, Cheech Marin and Luis Guzman. Even radio personality Piolín and opera star Plácido Domingo are tossed into the mix.
Dog owners will gush at the available grooming services blatantly advertised in the movie and run to the stores in search of all the adorable fashion adorned by the pampered pooches. Others will adore the antics of the trained animals used for the making of the movie - 'acting' by the dogs are just about as natural as they can get.
And of course, the movie has a moral - that mighty things come in small packages too.