The Shaggy Dog (1959)
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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 -- though he has no control over when this is going to happen. To his dismay, the girl he likes gets involved without knowing who
Mar 19, 1959 Wide
Mar 7, 2006
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Dr. Mikhail Andrassy
Paul H. Frees
Unhappily, Producer Walt Disney tells his shaggy-dog story so doggedly that he soon runs it into the pound.
There are a good many laughs on this simple premise and the script's exploitation of them.
This 1959 film was Disney's first live-action comedy; it isn't good, but it's certainly mythic.
It not only marked the return of Fred MacMurray to comedy -- in which he got his start in the 1930s--but it also convinced the Disney folks that the combination of situation comedy and fantasy was an idea worth pursuing.
The Shaggy Dog is classic Disney. It's a bit lost on the kids of today - especially the younger ones.
The Shaggy Dog may have been made strictly for kids, but it is still cute enough for adults to get a kick out of.
Silly but solid Disney live-action take on werewolf transformations!
A lost classic from a simpler time.
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