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The Shaggy Dog VHS

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Product details

  • Actors: Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen, Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Tim Considine
  • Directors: Charles Barton
  • Writers: Bill Walsh, Felix Salten, Lillie Hayward
  • Producers: Bill Walsh
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • VHS Release Date: October 7, 1997
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 135 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6304500718
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,708 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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Unlike the fly in the 1958 horror classic, they never really explain what happens to the neighbor's sheepdog when young Wilby Daniels trades places with it. The dog just vanishes, or is subsumed or assumed or something, leaving Wilby (Tommy Kirk) to explain to his dog-hating, allergic, mailman father (Fred MacMurray) that he's turned into a canine. The Shaggy Dog seems like the first instance of Disney packaging, as most of the principals were either Mouseketeers or had been in the short Disney segment Spin and Marty or a previous Disney film. As successful as The Absent Minded Professor for humor, Dog follows Wilby and a rival as they vie for the hand of the new French girl in school, and the girl next door (Annette Funicello). The exchanges with Wilby's younger brother, Moochie (Kevin Corcoran), who always wanted a family dog, are alone worth the price of the tape. Indeed the most successful element of this overall endearing film is the re-pairing of the two actors as brothers (they had done so before in 1957's Old Yeller). This is family fare that's diverting without pandering, a feat that the later Disney regime would have a difficult time re-creating. --Keith Simanton


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