The Shaggy Dog


Walt Disney Pictures Presents
The Shaggy Dog

"Raise the woof."

2006 - Comedy

Reviewed 3.17.2006

Directed by Brian Robbins

Screenplay by The Wibberleys and Geoff Rodkey and Jack Amiel & Michael Begler

Based on the earlier screenplay The Shaggy Dog by Bill Walsh and Lillie Hayward and the earlier screenplay The Shaggy D.A. by Don Tait

Starring Tim Allen, Kristin Davis, Danny Glover, Craig Kilborn, and Robert Downey Jr.

Rated PG for some mild rude humor

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Call this one The Shitty Dog.  Just another lame-brained attempt by the Mouse Factory to take a beloved classic and deposit tiny rodent turds all over it hoping that parents and kids will eat it up like the mindless automations that the soulless corporate suits hope they are.

This new version plays it safe, is nothing but a mountain of clichés, and is a completely empty remake that offers absolutely nothing new when compared to the old movie.

In essence, The Shaggy Dog is one of the most useless movies of the year.

That being said, I am loathe to admit that this movie isn't the complete pile of dogshit that one might think it is.  Granted, I've just beaten it like a yipping poodle, but the movie is good for a few short chuckles.  What my beef with The Shaggy Dog is that Disney is busy cannibalizing old material to make mediocre movies.  Remember when they used to make quality family entertainment that was fresh and original?  Neither does any other kid under the age of five.

This new version of The Shaggy Dog - which is actually more of a new version of The Shaggy D.A. - finds Tim the Toolman Taylor caught up in a web of lies and intrigue... sort of.  Actually, a shady research lab has stolen a mystical 300 year-old dog from Tibet and is experimenting on it to uncover the secrets to eternal youth.

I don't understand it either.

Anyway, during a protest a hippy chick and her boyfriend break into the lab and set the dog free, taking it home where it bites Tim Allen - who is, as luck would have it - the Assistant District Attorney who is trying to put away the Social Studies teacher of his hippy daughter in jail for trying to set fire to the lab in the first place.

So, anyway, the bite turns Tim Allen into a were-sheepdog and hilarity and hijinks don't really ensue.  This is a movie for the little little kids which makes most of Tim Allen's implied nudity scenes all that much more awkward.
In essence, The Shaggy Dog is one of the most useless movies of the year.

Let me just break this down for you.  Every gag that you would assume would happen in a movie where a man turns into a dog happens in this movie.  He lifts his leg to pee, he licks his hand, he growls, he chases cats, and the inevitable strains of "Who Let the Dogs Out?" plays. 

Basically, this movie isn't out to surprise you in any way.  Even the throwaway subplot of the father realizing that he has to make time for his family and kids in his busy work life seems borrowed from the framework of other films.

This movie is useless, pointless, and a complete waste.  It doesn't come close to improving the original and just advances the old argument that there is no originality left in Hollywood.

Do yourself and your kids a favor.  Yeah, this movie may lightly entertain, but you'd be a whole lot better off just renting the old black and white orginal.