The Shaggy Dog
"I was a Teen-age boy!"
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- Rated: G
- Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
- Video: Colorized
- Released: March 7, 2006
- Originally Released: 1959
- Label: Walt Disney Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- (unspecified) - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Jean Hagen, Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Tim Considine, Kevin Corcoran, Cecil Kellaway & Alexander Scourby|
|Directed by||Charles Barton|
|Edited by||James D. Ballas|
|Screenwriting by||Bill Walsh & Lillie Hayward|
|Composition by||Paul J. Smith|
|Produced by||Walt Disney & Bill Walsh|
|Director of Photography:||Edward Colman|
Rating: 6/10 -- The Shaggy Dog may have been made strictly for kids, but it is still cute enough for adults to get a kick out of. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- A lost classic from a simpler time.
There are a good many laughs on this simple premise and the script's exploitation of them. Full Review
Unhappily, Producer Walt Disney tells his shaggy-dog story so doggedly that he soon runs it into the pound. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- Silly but solid Disney live-action take on werewolf transformations!
Rating: B+ -- This one lives up to the Disney charm, outshining the original, and not a single parent is killed in the process. Full Review
Rating: 2/5 -- Brisk but unrewarding. Full Review
New York Times
Filled with impossible situations and hilarious gags, this comic allegory follows the adventures of Wilby Daniels (Tommy Kirk) after he finds an ancient mysterious ring and unintentionally casts a hex on himself and turns into a huge sheepdog. The only other odd thing is that Wilby still has his voice intact. Back and forth he goes, constantly changing from the pooch to his human self. While this amuses his brother, it positively amazes his neighbors, the local police, and a brunette beauty on his street. As if his bad hair days weren't enough, Wilby soon learns that a group of spies has moved into the neighborhood. This initially bad news might turn into his chance to perform a final heroic act that could free him from the spell altogether. The resulting comedy is a well-tailored adolescent romp directed with great pacing by Charles Barton.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment:
The Shaggy Dog (1959)
Wilby Daniels (Tommy Kirk) is just an ordinary teenager until a magical ring accidentally transforms him into a lumbering sheepdog ... whose owner is the leader of a plot to destroy the Space Program! This hilarious madcap adventure was the first live-action comedy Walt Disney produced, with a story full of slapstick chases, sight gags, hot rods, spies, and spells! Fred MacMurray helms an all-star cast including Jean Hagen, Tim Considine, Kevin Corcoran, and Annette Funicello in her big-screen debut. It's timeless, thoroughly entertaining fun for every two- (and four-) footed member of your family!
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