Film: Snow Dogs

Snow Dogs is the story of Ted Brooks, DDS (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a Miami dentist who discovers that he was adopted when he receives a letter informing him of the reading of his recently deceased mother's will, in Tolketna, Alaska. Once there, he discovers that he has inherited his mother's sled dogs, chief among them a temperamental husky named Demon. Though marketed as a wacky talking-animal comedy, it's actually more of a story about exploring your roots, with some Fish out of Water comedy at the beginning.

The story was inspired by the novel Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod, by Gary Paulsen.

This film provides examples of:

  • Babies Ever After: At the end of the movie, Barb (Ted's wife) is expecting a baby, while Demon and Nana the Border Collie already have a litter of their own.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Ted's getting caught in a snowstorm and suffering hypothermia as a result is because he was chased off a cliff by a bear.
    Ted: (while running for his life) I can see the headlines now: "Miami Dentist Eaten By Bear!"
  • Bedmate Reveal: After an intimate night in the woods with Barb, we cut to Ted in bed the next morning. He asks "So, how did you sleep?", and we pan over to see him sharing the bed with Nana.
  • Beware Of Vicious Dog: Demon. Until his sore tooth is removed.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Thunder Jack didn't know that Ted's mother was pregnant, and neither of them was ready to be a parent.
  • Fish out of Water: Ted, and how!
  • Gargle Blaster: "Soup".
  • Global Ignorance: Ted's mother apologies to an Alaskan cab driver for only having "American money." Truth in Television, though it's become less common in the Internet age.
  • Happily Adopted: Ted. He doesn't know he's adopted until he learns of his biological mother's death, but learning about this new family doesn't diminish his affection for his adopted mother.
  • Mixed Race: Ted's mother was black, but his father, Thunder Jack, is white.
  • Rampage from a Nail: Near the end of the film, Ted learns that the reason Demon is so vicious is due to a bad tooth.
  • Snow Means Love: Ted and Barb's first kiss (And Demon and Nana's first show of affection towards each other) happens during a light snowfall.