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Still shot from the movie: The Shaggy Dog (1959).

The Shaggy Dog (1959)

Wilby Daniels (Tommy Kirk) finds himself in a hair-ied situation when a spell from an ancient ring magically transforms him into dog at the most inconvenient times-- like when trying to impress the girls (Roberta Shore and Annette Funicello) or around his allergic father (Fred MacMurray). Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B+
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Theater Release: 19 Mar 1959
Video Release: 06 Mar 2006
MPAA Rating: G
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This movie was re-worked into the next century with Tim Allen starring in The Shaggy Dog. You may also want to check the sequel from 1976, starring Dean Jones and Tim Conway in The Shaggy D.A. Or, if you prefer crying about dogs instead of laughing, look for Disney’s recent re-release of Old Yeller.

Home Video Extra Features

Did you know The Shaggy Dog was the top-grossing movie of 1959? Not bad for the first live-action comedy Walt Disney ever produced! And that’s just a sample of the trivia you’ll learn from the bonus features on this DVD. Along with providing an audio commentary, former child actors Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, Tim Considine and Roberta Shore reminisce about their experiences on the set, including the challenges of keeping up their schooling, as well as take a few minutes to pay tribute to the fatherly thespian Fred MacMurray. Featuring both an original copy of the black and white film and a colorized version, the disc also offers audio tracks in English (Dolby Digital Mono) and French, with subtitles in French and Spanish.

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