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Hotel for dogs / DreamWorks Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present in association with Cold Spring Pictures, a Donners' Company/ Montecito Picture Company production ; produced by Lauren Shuler Donner [and others] ; screenplay by Jeff Lowell and Bob Schooley & Mark McCorkle ; directed by Thor Freudenthal.

Shuler-Donner, Lauren. (Added Author). Lowell, Jeff. (Added Author). Schooley, Bob. (Added Author). McCorkle, Mark. (Added Author). Freudenthal, Thor. (Added Author). Roberts, Emma, 1991- (Added Author). Austin, Jake T. (Jake Toranzo), 1994- (Added Author). Cheadle, Don. (Added Author). Simmons, Johnny. (Added Author). Pratt, Kyla. (Added Author). Gentile, Troy. (Added Author). Kudrow, Lisa. (Added Author). Dillon, Kevin. (Added Author). Duncan, Lois, 1934-2016 Hotel for dogs. (Added Author). DreamWorks Pictures. (Added Author). Nickelodeon Movies. (Added Author). Cold Spring Pictures. (Added Author). Donners' Company (Firm) (Added Author). Montecito Picture Company. (Added Author). DreamWorks Home Entertainment (Firm) (Added Author). Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Don Cheadle, Johnny Simmons, Kyla Pratt, Troy Gentile, Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon. (Cast).

Foster children Andi and Bruce have been placed with a flaky couple who care more for their aspiring rock careers than their charges. Their mischievous tendencies repeatedly get them into trouble. After a close call with the local pound, the kids end up searching for Friday, their secretly adopted dog, in an abandoned old hotel where they find several other stray dogs seeking shelter. They, along with three other local kids, begin caring for the strays. Bruce is a clever inventor whose innovative gadgets ensure top-notch care and constant entertainment for all the dogs. The police storm the hotel and take all the dogs to the pound. The kids attempt to rescue the dogs and it might just land them in separate group homes. Bernie, their social worker, will have to somehow convince the authorities, and perhaps a loving family, that the children were just doing what was right.

Record details

  • ISBN: 1415749086
  • ISBN: 9781415749081
  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Edition: [Widescreen edition].
  • Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : DreamWorks Home Entertainment, [2009]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Based on the book by Lois Duncan.
Special features: Commentary by Thor Freudenthal, Ewan 'Jack' Leslie, Emma Roberts and Jake Austin; "A home for everyone: the making of Hotel for dogs" featurette; "That's the coolest thing I've ever seen!" featurette; K-9 casting; "Bark on cue!" featurette; The Pedigree Adoption Drive; 8 deleted scenes; photo galleries; theatrical trailer.
Formatted Contents Note:
Special features: Widescreen presentation enhanced for 16:9 TVs -- Gadgets, gizmos & cool contraptions -- K-9 casting -- Bark on cue! -- A home for everying: The making of Hotel for dogs -- Howl-arious deleted scenes -- Cast and crew commentary featuring Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin -- Language: English 5.1 surround ; Spanish 5.1 surround -- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Director of photography, Michael Grady ; editor, Sheldon Kahn ; music, John Debney ; costume designer, Beth Pasternak ; production designer, William Sandell.
Participant or Performer Note:
Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Don Cheadle, Johnny Simmons, Kyla Pratt, Troy Gentile, Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon.
Target Audience Note:
MPAA rating: PG; for brief mild thematic elements, language and some crude humor.
System Details Note:
DVD, Region 1, widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
Language Note:
English, dubbed French or dubbed Spanish dialogue, English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Subject: Foster children > United States > Drama.
Brothers and sisters > United States > Drama.
Dogs > Drama.
Feral dogs > United States > Drama.
Animal rescue > United States > Drama.
Hotels > United States > Drama.
Abandoned buildings > United States > Drama.
Children as inventors > United States > Drama.
African American social workers > Drama.
Foster home care > Drama.
Brothers and sisters > Drama.
Dogs > Drama.
Niños > Conducta (Ética) > Estados Unidos > Teatro.
Perros > Estados Unidos > Teatro.
Genre: Comedy films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Comedy films.
Feature films.
Film adaptations.
Animals > Feature.
Comedy > Feature.
Adaptations > Feature.
Comedy films > Juvenile.
Feature films > Juvenile.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired > Juvenile.

Available copies

  • 2 of 3 copies available at Lackawanna County Library System.


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Abington Community Library DVD HOTEL (Text) 50687010974007 Adult Video Fiction Available -
Albright Memorial Library DVD HOTEL (Text) 50686016333747 Main Floor Checked Out 09/28/2023
Taylor Community Library DVD HOTEL (Text) 50692010460312 Adult Video Fiction Available -

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