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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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Why Is The Shaggy Dog (1959) Rated G?


While mildly concerning by today’s standards, there are a few issues parents should be aware of, including: A teen boy who launches an experimental rocket from his basement (resulting in a hole in the roof of his parents’ house), characters falling, talk of spells and “shape shifting,” a reckless teen driver, a man shooting a gun at a dog in a suburban neighborhood, a dog attacking a boy, a man slapping a boy and aiming a gun at him, a boy is tied up and a girl is forcibly detained in her room. Finally, a car is stolen, resulting in police chase and a police car being stolen by a teen. All of this is played in a comedic fashion, and the law-breaking teens are attempting to catch a criminal—but they appear more intelligent than police. Finally, chauvinistic attitudes are portrayed.

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