'Bandit and The Saints of Dogwood'
(Katie McNamara, Makinnon O'Brien, Connor Oringderff, Skylar Feichtner, Mike Stanley, et al / DVD / NR / 2015 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: After a prank on their Principal goes wrong, and they suddenly also get blamed for a school heist that they had nothing to do with, for punishment they are sent to a summer camp. Now it's up to Bandit, and his mutts, to break 'em out and hunt down the real culprits.
DVD Verdict: Yup, not an original story, and not even a detailed on, but the acting is top notch - but the humans and the furry canines also! So, to bring more of a color to this basic script idea, Lenna (Katie McNamara), her furry best friend Bandit, and a few other students plan to pull a prank on the Principal the last day of school.
But, the night of their dastardly deed, they encounter treasure map-toting thieves looking for gold buried beneath the school's gym! When discovered, the treasure hunters get away and the kids are blamed by the principal for the damage! For punishment, they are sent to summer camp and it'll take Bandit with a few of his pals to help the kids escape and get back home!
See, told you so, but that said, 'Bandit and The Saints of Dogwood' is quite a fun, family-friendly movie, trust me. A good old fashioned treasure hunt soon breaks out, once the kids have been "hilariously" broken out also, of course, and along the way wouldn't you know it, but the kids get to learn life lessons also! Anyway, aside from that, and also learning more about each other ie: bonding whilst on the run, this (in parts) is a very funny movie, and is also a good, solid family watch. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.