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The shaggy dog - Tim Allen, Kristin Davis, Robert Downey Junior, Brian Robbins

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Movie propaganda

Tim Allen transforms from family dad to family dog and back again in this fresh update of the Disney comedy classic, The shaggy dog. It all begins when workaholic Deputy District Attorney Dave Douglas takes on a case involving an animal laboratory - one that will take him away yet again from his wife and kids, who already yearn for his all-too-distracted attention. But when Dave is accidentally infected with a top-secret, genetic-mutation serum, everything he thought he knew about being himself and his family changes. Yet with his newly perked-up ears, and his front-row seat on the household carpet, Dave is able to gain a whole new perspective into his family's secrets and dreams. Now, he wants nothing more than to stop fetching and return to fathering - only first he'll have to stop the evil forces behind the serum... in an adventure that will bring the whole family together.

Based on The shaggy DA, a sequel to the original 1959 comedy starring Fred MacMurray.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film family comedy man dog mutant adventure remake

Persons of interest

  • Tim Allen .... Dave Douglas
  • Kristin Davis .... Rebecca Douglas
  • Zena Grey .... Carly Douglas
  • Spencer Breslin .... Joe Douglas
  • Shawn Pyfrom .... Trey
  • Jeanette Brox .... Janey
  • Kevin Cooney .... Doctor
  • Robert Downey Junior .... Marcus Kozak
  • Danny Glover .... DA Ken Hollister
  • Jarrad Paul .... Larry
  • Felix Salten .... Author: The hound of Florence
  • Jack Amiel .... Screenwriter
  • Judd Apatow .... Screenwriter
  • Michael Begler .... Screenwriter
  • Tim Allen .... Screenwriter
  • Tom Brady .... Screenwriter
  • Matthew Carroll .... Screenwriter
  • Gregory Poirier .... Screenwriter
  • Geoff Rodkey .... Screenwriter
  • Cormac Wibberley .... Screenwriter
  • Marianne Wibberley .... Screenwriter
  • Brian Robbins .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

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Theatrical report

The shaggy dog is a mostly harmless remake of a mostly harmless film. Tim Allen wanders through each scene in a mostly harmless fashion (his acting gets better when he's in the dog suit) while the kids - Zena Grey and Spencer Breslin - are mostly harmless. Kristin Davis makes a mostly harmless wife who is much younger, fitter and prettier than her husband but she obviously can't cook because no-one eats her breakfasts.

There are many cheesy moments, some funny bits and the occasional hoot but this flick owes more to the 50s than to the 00s. Father does important work, mother does frilly design work, son and daughter go to school... all they need is a dog.... And since when was Tibet a part of China? Was it a slip of the tongue or does Tim Allen's dialogue have something to do with Disney wanting to sell their products in the People's Republic? Oy.

Take the kids to The shaggy dog these school holidays and everything will be fine. Noisy, but fine.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Subtitles: English, English captions, English closed captions

Security censorship classification

PG (Mild violence)

Surveillance time

98 minutes (1:38 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 9 March 2006 - Victoria
Film: 30 March 2006 - Queensland
Film: 13 April 2006 - National
DVD retail: 30 August 2006

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