The first live action movie ever produced by Walt Disney is on DVD for the first time ever! Fred MacMurray heads an all-star cast that includes Jean Hagen, Tim Considine, Kevin Corcoran, and Annette Funicello in her big sc... more »reen debut. After years of on-the-job clashes with cranky canines, mail carrier Wilson Daniels (MacMurray) sees man's best friend as his worst enemy. This makes for one hairy situation when a magical ring accidentally transforms his teenage son Wilby (Kirk) into a lumbering sheepdog! Can Wilby break the spell and foil a team of international spies, or will both he and his dad wind up in the doghouse? Packed with sidesplitting antics, slapstick chases, and hilarious sight gags, this madcap adventure will tickle the funny bone of every two- (and four-) footed member of your family!« less
William J. (billystan3) from AUBURN, NY Reviewed on 3/6/2016...
# 1/2 stars for one of Fred McMurray's funniest films. Don't worry if you don't know who Fred McMurray is, because most of his film career was in the 1940's and 1950's. He did quite a few Disney films and a television show called My Three Sons. I know he did a few westerns also but even as a child of the 50's I'm not as familiar with all of his work as I'd like to be.
If you like slap-stick humor mixed with situation comedy this is a must see. You'll enjoy it and so will the kids.
Tim T. (FireflyDaddy) from IRON CITY, TN Reviewed on 8/25/2012...
Some movies go beyond the time and age when they are made. They reach the generation of the day and tomorrow and years later they still work. This is such a movie.
A big wig from France comes to a small town to run a museum. So the world thinks what is really going on is he is there to steal a top secret missal launch timer. To help his cover he brings his lovely girl and her rare sheepdog. Add to this some artifacts from a group of known shape shifters and what do you get? A neighbor boy that bungles into becoming that sheepdog and hears the whole thing. Now it is up to the neighbor boy, or is he a dog, what ever it is up to him to save the day.
A favorite from my remote youth...
R. Gawlitta | Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA | 03/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I understand that Tim Allen has "reimagined" this film, but I don't know how it can compare to the original. Fred MacMurray, always reliable and loads of fun, is not the central character. The Mickey Mouse Club supplied the main characters. Indeed, Tommy Kirk & Kevin Corcoran carry this film, with able support from Tim Considine, Annette Funicello & Roberta Sherwood. There's also delightful support from Jean Hagen & Cecil Kellaway. I have no end of admiration for this original. Certainly, there are plot holes, but who really cares? I have the VHS, and then I saw the DVD and snatched it up. The DVD has 2 versions: a colorized version, but I have no use for that; the B&W is in a slight Widescreen. This is one of Disney's first live action comedies; Tommy Kirk is especially good, and had just completed "Old Yeller"; Kevin Corcoran was later excellent as "Toby Tyler". Disney studio were famous for their animated features, and wonderful documentaries ("White Wilderness", etc.). Mr. MacMurray later proved a hit in "The Absent-Minded Professor" and it's sequel, "Son of Flubber". My big concern is WHY anyone thinks they have to remake these wonderful capsules of Hollywood treasures. Robin Williams in "Flubber", and now Tim Allen in a remake? The originals are GREAT; the lazy studio heads should start looking for wonderful new material. We all know there's plenty of it out there. Those Sundance darlings, if promoted correctly, could kick some serious butt. Still, I encourage anyone with kids to check this out. It's WAY too much fun to be ignored. BTW: Remember the Mickey Mouse Club...the Hardy Boys...Spin & Marty? I do. I was especially intrigued with the Hardy Boys' "Mystery of the Applegate Treasure". Wouldn't that be fun on DVD? Anyone agree? PS~The DVD has a fond, loving tribute to Fred MacMurray. Worth seeing; as well as remaining cast interviews, commentaries, etc. UPDATE: Disney finally released the Hardy Boys (Applegate) and Spin & Marty. How smart of them! Now, we true lovers just have to wait for "Song of the South". Hey...it could happen...(?)"
A pleasant (and rare) suprise from Disney!
Glenn M. Schoditsch | Richmond, Virginia USA | 12/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In the hit and miss world of Disney Home Video DVD releases we are treated to a rather suprising move by Disney. "The Shaggy Dog", a genuinely delightful fare, will be released in its original glorious B&W, widescreen format, as only Walt would have it. Also included is a colorized, pan & scan version for those who folks who just can't seem to tolerate those "black bars". This combined format should have been done with "The Absent Minded Professor". This seems like a no-brainer as this production should satisfy everyone. So why the hack job on the more modern "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken"? (which BTW is in its OAR in Region 2) You have a better chance of winning "Mega Millions" than guessing which Disney film will get proper treatment.
The B&W widescreen version is fabulous with sharp contrast and good lighting. Included with the B&W OAR version is commentary from the Shaggy Dog "Kids". Their remarks are delightful and clue us in on where many pieces of apparel in the colorized version don't match the original colors; i.e. one of Francesca's gowns was originally gold but colorized to a sickly blue in one scene changing to an equally pallor green in the scene to follow. So much for the dreaded colorization process.
It's an apples and oranges comparison between the Colorized, Pan & Scan and the B&W OAR editions. I'm just ever grateful that Disney (hopefully) finally has heard the pleas of the Region 1 consumer; at least for this classic. We can live in hope that they continue in this reponsible manner. Robert Iger, I hope comments like these reach your desk because writing Disney directly gets nowhere."
The Truth About What Is On The Shaggy Dog DVD
Glenn M. Schoditsch | 12/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"On March 7 all dog fan should be exited about a dog movie coming to DVD staring Tommy Kirk, Fred Mac Murray, Tim Considine, Kevin Corcoran and Annette Funicello. The Shaggy Dog is about a boy named Wilby Daniels who owns a ring the transforms himself into a sheepdog. His owner wants to destroy the U.S Space Program. The Shaggy Dog is a comedy complete with slapstick chases, sight gags, hot rods, spies and spells. The bonus features are an audio commentary with Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, Tim Considine and Roberta Shore, The Shaggy Dog Kids feature and Fred Mac Murray - With Fondness. The rating is G. The movie is one hour and forty - four minutes long. This movie may be played in black and white or color. The aspect ratio for color is 1.33 and for black and white 1.75 and they are both enhanced for 16x9 TV screens. The sound is mono. The movie may also be played in French or Spanish. Enjoy! "
Glenn M. Schoditsch | 05/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the funniest Disney movies they ever made. The adults are goofy, the kids adorable, and the exchanges between the two brothers....priceless. I'd forgotten how much I love it."
DISNEY'S COMEDY CLASSIC "THE SHAGGY DOG"
Forrest C. Hopson | Burnsville, NC USA | 03/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the best Disney feature films with incredible performances from the young teenage cast, as well as Fred MacMurray and Jean Hagen. Tommy Kirk and Kevin Corcoran play brothers, Wilby and Moochie Daniels, who are always getting into trouble with their imaginations (telling the cops their neighbors are spies) and experiments in the basement (a rocket goes through the roof of their house!) in this delightful family comedy. Tommy and Tim Considine play best friends who are in competition for the affections of two lovely young girls, hometown beauty Annette Funicello and the new girl in town, sophisticated beauty Roberta (Bobbie) Shore. Roberta's from Europe and owns a big, shaggy sheep dog, which takes an immediate liking to Tommy Kirk. As the story progresses, Tommy, Tim, and Roberta are visiting the local museum, Tommy accidentally knocks over a small table of ancient jewels and one of the rings gets caught in the cuff of his pants. Later at home, he discovers the ring and reads a mysterious encryption on the ring. Thus, turning him into a big shaggy sheep dog! The story is great and it keeps the viewers attention throughout. The folks at Disney have done a great job with this dvd release, which presents the movie in the original b&w widescreen version (this is the one I watched first) and a colorized version. Also included are interviews with Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, Tim Considine, and Roberta Shore. A nice tribute to the late Fred MacMurray, with comments from all of the before mentioned. "The Shaggy Dog" had a follow-up film in 1976 "The Shaggy D.A." which starred Dean Jones as Wilby Daniels. The movie is inferior to the original, but is still entertaining and very funny thanks to Tim Conway's co-starring role. I wish the folks at Disney had made this follow-up film with Tommy Kirk and the entire original cast reprising their roles. I highly recommend "The Shaggy Dog," for it holds a very special place in my dvd library and I'm sure it would yours too."