The Little Ponderosa Zoo

DVD Release: October 6, 2015
The Little Ponderosa Zoo


Charlie and Dugger gather their friendly, furry — and a couple of not-so-furry — fellow members of the animal kingdom on a mission to save their zoo from a couple of greedy thieves and their dangerous plan. Will a bunch of animals be able to outsmart these bad guys in time, or will it be too late? What will happen to the Little Ponderosa Zoo and to the hundreds of animals that call it home?

Dove Review

“The Little Ponderosa Zoo” is a cute movie, featuring some bumbling would-be crooks who fail to carry out their money-making scheme. A young girl named Charlie (Kena Holmes) is the perfect foil for the fumbling criminals. Charlie’s parents, Jack and Judy Freeman, run the zoo, and every year they are in the red financially until the annual festival puts them back in the black. When the local bank president learns that a gold nugget has been found on zoo property, he plots to shut down the zoo and claim the property for the city so he can get his hands on the wealth. Their plot is executed during the festival. However, Charlie is a precocious girl who comes up with a scheme of her own to save the zoo.

We award “The Little Ponderosa Zoo” our Dove Family Approved Seal for all ages. This movie features funny animals and funny humans, too, and is a delight to watch.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Couple kissing.
Language: Idiots-3; Geez-1; Stupid Girl-1
Violence: A man is knocked out, and it is mostly implied rather than shown on screen; a scene, played for laughs, in which a dart is stuck in a man's hand; a man bumps his head.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: Tension between characters; the bank president and mayor plot to take zoo property from a couple; a young man does not have polite table manners as he eats; man almost chokes on food; animal spits on man; a man spits; a snake is visible in one scene; man fakes tiger's groan on zoo speaker.


Company: Mill Creek Entertainment
Genre: Children
Runtime: 85 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter