Bart shows uncharacteristic compassion in nursing a wounded pigeon back to health, but the Simpson family dog, Santa's Little Helper, displays only instinct in his attitude toward the winged creature. IndyCar star Danica Patrick has a voice cameo as herself in one of Homer's dreams, and Rachel Weisz lends her voice to a therapist trying to help Bart work through his pet issues. — Fred Mitchell
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Mario Lopez can be seen all over TV — hosting Extra, starring on his VH1 reality show Saved By the Baby — but get ready to hear more of him. The Saved By the Bell alum has lent his voice to ABC Family's new TV movie The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation.
A sequel to last year's The Dog Who Saved Christmas, the movie stars Gary Valentine and Elisa Donovan as George and Belinda Bannister, who take their family and beloved dog Zeus (voice of Lopez) for a nice and relaxing holiday vacation. Things get hectic when they discover that Belinda's obnoxious brother Randy (Casper Van Dien) has shown up with his son and their new poodle, Bella (voice of Paris Hilton). As if that isn't stressful enough, Zeus' burglar enemies, Ted (Dean Cain) and Stewey (Joey "Coco" Diaz), dog-nap Bella to get their paws on the diamond collar she was mistakenly given.