Walt Disney Pictures
The Shaggy Dog
"Raise the woof."
2006 - Comedy
Directed by Brian
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
Fun Fact: A Sheep
dog is a type of domestic dog whose original purpose was to herd or
Sheepdogs are just one category of herding dogs including Akbash Dog,
Anatolian Shepherd Dog,Australian Cattle Dog (Blue heeler), Australian
Kelpie, Australian Shepherd, Bearded Collie, Border Collie, Bosnian
Tornjak, Carpatin, Catalan Sheepdog (Gos d'atura), Ciobănesc de
Bucovina, German Shepherd Dog, Huntaway, Kangal Dog, Koolie, Icelandic
Sheepdog, Maremma Sheepdog, Mioritic, Old English Sheepdog, Pembroke
Welsh Corgi, Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Puli, Pyrenean Shepherd, Rough
Collie, arplaninac (Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog), Shetland Sheepdog
(Sheltie), and Smooth Collie.
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.
The Shaggy Dog is one of the most useless movies of the
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
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.