Shaggy Dog

Shaggy Dog

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Director: Charles Barton

Cast: Charles Barton, Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen, Tommy Kirk

     
 

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This is a routine Disney comedy-fantasy about a boy who turns into a large sheep dog at the most inopportune moments. That is assuming there would be opportune moments. Young Wilby Daniels (Tommy Kirk) finds a magic ring that used to belong to the Borgia family. When he pronounces an inscription on the ring, he is suddenly able to transform himself into a shaggy dog -… See more details below

Overview

This is a routine Disney comedy-fantasy about a boy who turns into a large sheep dog at the most inopportune moments. That is assuming there would be opportune moments. Young Wilby Daniels (Tommy Kirk) finds a magic ring that used to belong to the Borgia family. When he pronounces an inscription on the ring, he is suddenly able to transform himself into a shaggy dog -- though he has no control over when this is going to happen. To his dismay, the girl he likes gets involved without knowing who the dog really is. At the same time, the only way Wilby can break the spell is to perform some virtuous deed. Fortunately for him, a few Soviet spies are just hanging around, waiting to be uncovered by a canine.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Immensely popular at the time of its release, The Shaggy Dog is quintessential Disney live action fare of the period. It also is extremely dated, with its newspaper-reading father giving not-to-be-questioned orders to his wife and children and carelessly firing a shotgun at a dog in their suburban neighborhood. The dialogue is also dated, but actually less so than in many family- or teen-themed films of the era. The plot is a bunch of nonsense, of course, serving as nothing more than a frame on which to hang the film's high concept idea. Because of this (and Charles Barton's by-the-book direction), Dog tends to drag a little, despite the presence of any number of slapstick gags and action sequences. Fortunately, the basic premise and the appealing cast do make it a fun and amusing viewing experience. Fred MacMurray is in his light Disney mode, not filling out the part beyond what is required but turning in a casually amusing performance, and while Jean Hagen's unique talents are not exploited, she still provides a few interesting moments. Tommy Kirk is perfectly engaging, and Annette Funicello winning in her feature debut. While special effects are somewhat primitive, this doesn't get too much in the way of enjoying the film. Dog was followed, some years later, by a couple of sequels and a remake.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/1997
UPC:
0786936028676
Original Release:
1959
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred MacMurray Wilson Daniels
Jean Hagen Frieda Daniels
Tommy Kirk Wilby Daniels
Annette Funicello Allison D'Allessio
Tim Considine Buzz Miller
Kevin Corcoran "Moochie" Daniels
Cecil Kellaway Prof. Plumcutt
Alexander Scourby Dr. Mikhail Andrassy
Roberta Shore Franceska Andrassy
James Westerfield Officer Hanson
Jacques Aubuchon Stefano
Strother Martin Thurm
Forrest Lewis Officer Kelly
Ned Wever E.P. Hackett
Gordon Jones Capt. Scanlon
Jack Albertson Reporter
Paul H. Frees Psychiatrist
John Hart Police Broadcaster
Shaggy Himself
Mack Williams Betz

Technical Credits
Charles Barton Director
James D. Ballas Editor
Gertrude Casey Costumes/Costume Designer
Carroll Clark Art Director
Edward Colman Cinematographer
Robert O. Cook Sound/Sound Designer
Walt Disney Producer
Lillie Hayward Screenwriter
Chuck Keehne Costumes/Costume Designer
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Harry Lindgren Sound/Sound Designer
Eustace Lycett Special Effects
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Pat McNalley Makeup
Paul J. Smith Score Composer
Arthur J. Vitarelli Asst. Director
Bill Walsh Producer,Screenwriter

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