The Ugly Dachshund (1966)





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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 up trees, destroys Mark's studio, and ruins a garden party. Fran finally tells Mark that Brutus has to go, but changes her tune when Brutus saves Fran's favorite dachshund puppy, Chloe, from a scrap heap. When Fran announces that she is entering Chloe in a dog show, Mark secretly enters Brutus in the same contest in an effort to convince Brutus to think like a Great Dane.
Comedy , Drama , Kids & Family
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Walt Disney Productions


Dean Jones
as Mark Garrison
Suzanne Pleshette
as Fran Garrison
Charlie Ruggles
as Dr. J.L. Pruitt
Kelly Thordsen
as Officer Carmody
Parley Baer
as Mel Chadwick
Robert Kino
as Mr. Toyama
as Kenji
Gil Lamb
as Milkman
Dick Wessel
as Garbageman
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Critic Reviews for The Ugly Dachshund

All Critics (3)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Slow-moving story is for dog lovers only.

Full Review… | February 9, 2009
Common Sense Media

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August 12, 2005

Cute little Disney family movie, ideal for kids and dog lovers.

July 14, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Audience Reviews for The Ugly Dachshund


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.

Brian Dev
Brian Dev

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
Michael Gildea

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I liked The Ugly Dachshund but I liked Brutus the best and Brutus got blamed for everything. I do like dachshunds the best but in this film I liked the Great Dane the best. :)

Gio Thorpe
Gio Thorpe

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