Because of Winn-Dixie—20th Century Fox
This film is a heartwarming story about an innocent and curious girl named Opal (AnnaSophia Robb) and a mangy but cute dog she befriends and names Winn-Dixie. This friendly, vivacious pup gets Opal into many precarious situations, which lead to several new friendships. Being the new kid in town, Opal isn't very popular, but Winn-Dixie leads her to the town's lonely and forgotten adults, who become her new friends. Although there isn't any serious drama or climactic event, this film draws you in from the beginning and makes you feel good at the end. It is a relatively even-paced story without any slow or dragging scenes. Told through the eyes of a child and her dog, it's about people being lost and finding something to believe in again.
The 1.33:1 anamorphic transfer presents a nonvibrant view of a small town in the middle of nowhere. Although the setting is quaint, it is extremely run-down in contrast with the lively Opal and Winn-Dixie. The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack presents clear dialogue but not a lot of exciting surround effects. The score highlights cute, upbeat songs, featuring singers Dave Matthews and Emmylou Harris.
The special features on the DVD include bloopers and a behind-the-scenes featurette. It also entails commentaries from certain cast members. This feel-good film will leave audiences smiling.