Out of all the movies Disney releases I would never
guessed that Beverly Hills Chihuahua would become a franchise.
Of course, I should not be too surprised since people love
dogs, especially children. I mean look how successful the
"Air Bud" series is. The first film came out in 1997 and
the franchise is still as strong as ever. The "Beverly Hills
Chihuahua" franchise began in 2008 with a "mutt" Papi (George
Lopez) falling in love with a pampered Chihuahua Chloe (Drew
Barrymore) and eventually having puppies. The movie was
mediocre at best, but audiences sure seemed to embrace it.
So it was popular enough to get a direct-to-DVD sequel.
Now we have a second sequel, "Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3:
Viva La Fiesta". So, how does it compare to the previous
The film starts out with Papi, Chloe (now played by
Odette Annable) and their cute puppies moving into the luxurious
Langham Hotel. This seems like doggie heaven, but one of
the puppies, Rosa, feels left out and a little sad. She
does not want to go school and feels that she will be bullied
because of her small size. Papi, like a good parent, decides
to throw Rosa a Quinceanera to help her self-confidence.
Yes, that's right. They want to throw a Quinceanera for
a dog. As ridiculous as this sounds at least it is somewhat
original. Plus the puppies are cute.***
Disney knows their audience well as this film will
appeal mostly to children and dog lovers. However, just
like the past two films the writing is still formulaic and
corny, but for what it's worth at least the filmmakers tried
harder this time to make a semi decent film.***
Audio and Video: The audio is an English DTS-HD MA
5.1 track, which also has a French and Spanish track. The
dialogue and music are mixed just right. There were no compression
issues with video as everything was sharp and clear. ***