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Shaggy Dog
DVD disk
Mar 24, 2006 By: Sturdy
Shaggy Dog order
Director:
Charles Barton

Actors:
Fred MacMurray
Jean Magen
Tommy Kirk

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A boy stumbles upon an ancient ring that carries a strange curse. He ends up turning into a shaggy dog and must find a way to unfoil an evil plot involving secret weapons and spies.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Of all the movies and all the genres that have ever been made, I would have to say that kids movies just dont stand the test of time very well. I even find myself watching 80s kids movies that I loved as a child and I cant stand now. SHAGGY DOG is no exception. Over 50 years have passed since it was first shown in theaters and it just feels outdated and a little boring for todays audience.

Its 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 didnt 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 dont touch each other when they lean in to kiss. I laughed when the father simply said toast and the wife got up, made him some toast, and brought it to him. Those were the days huh? No? Oh well.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Tome Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, Tim Considine and Roberta Shore: The kids get together and gloat about the film. Its been 50 years, so I have to give them a break. The best part about this is the novelty of hearing adults talk about their time as kids. The problem is that there are a lot of down times and a lot of them laughing at themselves. Theres nothing enlightening or earth shattering, but I think fans of the film will really get a kick out of these guys.

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 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 didnt think Johnny was interesting enough. Overall though, they loved the guy.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
All in all, I think this film will only appeal to those that grew up with it or are Disney fanatics. If youre buying it for your kid, dont be surprised if they get really bored really fast.
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