The Ugly Dachshund (1966)

The Ugly Dachshund


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Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette star in this Walt Disney family comedy as Mark and Fran Garrison, a dog-loving couple with different tastes in canines. When their dachshund gives birth to puppies, kindly veterinarian Dr. Pruitt (Charlie Ruggles) convinces Mark to take a Great Dane puppy home with him. The Great Dane, named Brutus, grows up with the tiny pups convinced that he's also a dachshund. Brutus's confused identity sets the stage for a number of mildly comic bits -- he chases policemen … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy
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On DVD: Jul 6, 2004


as Mark Garrison

as Fran Garrison

as Dr. J.L. Pruitt

as Officer Carmody

as Mel Chadwick

as Mr. Toyama

as Kenji

as Milkman

as Garbageman
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Critic Reviews for The Ugly Dachshund

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
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Cute little Disney family movie, ideal for kids and dog lovers.

July 14, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

August 12, 2005

December 15, 2002
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Audience Reviews for The Ugly Dachshund


The Ugly Dachshund is good old-fashioned clean sterilized (separate beds and all) Disney fun. Hokey story you can't quite bring yourself to care about complete with Suzanne Pleshette's (character's, at least) neurotic OCD and second guessing nature with some classic racial stereotypes make The Ugly Dachshund a piece of a yesteryear I think its safe to say never existed. Admittedly, this movie is probably fun for dog lovers (and possibly the only reason I actually kind of enjoyed it) but watching a Great Dane get sprayed in the face with a tube of oil paint is the mark of a movie made before a representative from the Humane Society was legally obligated to be on set. If you get to see The Ugly Dachshund on DVD I strongly recommend the nonsensical extras. Namely the featurette on Mako where he carries on like he's filming an episode of Inside the Actor's Studio. Guy gets nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar and all of the sudden he's Walter Fucking Brennan. You know who else got nominated for an Oscar? Courtney Love. Don't feel so special now, do you Mako?

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


This movie is pretty good. I don't think it's nearly as good as some of the other Disney movies, but it's certainly not bad. I think the dialogue is a bit clunky and the humor is less than fantastic. Still worth watching though.

Fran Garrison's all in a tizzy because her prize Dachshund, Danke, is having pups, and she has hopes of one of the pups becoming a champion. But at the vet's, her husband Jim is talked into letting Danke wetnurse a Great Dane pup that's been abandoned by his mother. And Jim wants to keep the Great Dane. But Brutus has this problem: he thinks he's a dachshund and he's too big to be a lapdog. But when Fran ridicules Brutus one too many times, Jim's got a plan to prove to everyone (and Fran) that a great dane can be far more than just an ugly dachshund. A really adorable movie, with lots of laughs and cute dogs.

Danielle S

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