Blockbuster online has some reviews posted, and here's an example:
Awful This movie was stated to be a family kids movie. This had my 6 yr old girl crying all night. Not a movie for kids if they love animals. The quality is horrible.
Who'da thought that killing the dog 20 minutes into the movie might have some undesirable side effects?!
Some reviewers actually do like the emotionality of it -- but clearly several were not expecting the DVD with the cute, happy dog on the cover to turn into a FESTIVAL OF DEATH.
And, it really is something of a festival of death. We start in a cemetery, dog dies around 20 minutes in, then ghost dog and ghost dad *both* leave hero kid at end of movie.
My subsequent kids/family films are a tad less morbid.