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The Shaggy Dog

The Shaggy Dog(1959)

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  • Delightful Disney Romp(1959)

    • shepardn
    • 1/27/16

    Take four of Disney's top current top talent and place them in a fantasy vehicle and you have a very fun film. William Daniels(Fred MacMurray) mailman and husband to Frieda (Jean Hagen) and father to two young mischievous boys Wilby(Tommy Kirk) and Moochie(Kevin Corcoran) who have just blown a hole in the families roof with an experimental rocket. Enter Buzz Miller(Tim Considine) and Alisson D'Alisseo(Annette Funicello) in her screen debut, go with Wilby to the Art Museum. As fate would have it Wilby aquires a ring with a latin spell put on by the Borgias that tranforms the wearer of the ring into an animal, this time a sheep dog. The consequences are hilarious , with a slight lull in the action but a great finish. Live action comedy for Disney ground breaking but the results are fun. Consider the star power of the day and the film is revolutionary, in spite of Maltins review. Something of a nuclear family but endearing of the day.4 stars out of 5. B & W . Run time 101 or 104 minutes.A simple newer time...

  • The Shaggy Dog

    • Michael Whitty
    • 1/12/16

    Disney's "The Shaggy Dog" is a pure delight as we see Tommy kirk changed into a large sheepdog from time to time. This ancient spell works on-and-off at times until finally through a moment of heroism at the end the problem is gone. This was Disney's first live-action film from 1959 and it was a black-and-white movie with Fred MacMurray who helps to discover the villain side of the story with the help of the shaggy dog son. Interestingly "The Shaggy Dog" did well for awhile vs. "Ben-Hur" at the boxoffice. And Disney films did do well vs. other studio hits there in the 60s.

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    • Mr. Blandings
    • 9/4/11

    Not as I thought I remembered it as a child, although I may have been remembering one of the later sequels. I was shocked by the scenes where the dog is "talking" and you can see them pulling on fishing wire strung through the poor animal's mouth in order to get his jaw to open. They should have used a puppet on all those scenes intead.

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