Itís a pretty typical story and probably will begin and end the way you suspect. However, like many movies of the time, it added a whole cold-war era plot about spies and weapons that didnít fit in with the film. They would have been better served sticking with a robbery or a scam of some sort.
So when compared to all movies, I have to say it really lacked in all areas, but when compared to kids movies of its time, it was probably top dog (pun intended). I just found myself bored and at 103 minutes, it was way too long. I would have liked a non cold-war plot and some better editing and maybe it would have held up a little better.
It is as wholesome as can be. No foul language and even the mother and father donít touch each other when they lean in to kiss. I laughed when the father simply said ďtoastĒ and the wife got up, made him some toast, and brought it to him. Those were the days huh? No? Oh well.
The Shaggy Dog Kids (12:29): The kids from the commentary talk about their time on the film. I really enjoyed seeing the kids grown up. Most of the kids appeared in other Disney films and they all gave props to each other.
Fred MacMurray Ė With Fondness (7:57): The kids and a few guests talk about how great Fred Mac Murray was. One tidbit to note was that Fred turned down a spot on Johnny Carson because he didnít think Johnny ďwas interesting enoughĒ. Overall though, they loved the guy.