I had never heard of the Wishbone series until I stumbled across Wishbone’s Dog Days of the West in my church library. The image of the little dog with his cowboy hat and Western-style clothing riding horseback was all it took for me to grab this video off the shelf and sign the check-out card.
Wishbone is a spirited dog who, above all else, has determined that leashes should be outlawed. The movie opens with a heroic act on Wishbone’s part, then alternates between present day and the Wild West. Wishbone is the main character in both time periods, and in both scenarios, he finds himself helping to set wrongs right.
This movie is full of humor, including Wishbone as a banker and the wealthiest man (make that the wealthiest dog!) in his small Texas Town. The movie contains some great discussion points. For instance, is it ever all right for the truth to be twisted to sell a story? Is it ever all right to steal if it means keeping your best friend out of jail?
A little goofy in places, this movie is perfect for children, and adults will enjoy watching it with their children as well. There is nothing objectionable, although there is a gunfight toward the end (but no violence), which might frighten the youngest of viewers.
So if you’re looking for a fun movie for your next family night, this is one I would definitely recommend!