The Shaggy Dog
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This is a routine Disney comedy-fantasy about a boy who turns into a large sheep dog at the most inopportune moments. That is assuming there would be opportune moments. Young Wilby Daniels (Tommy Kirk) finds a magic ring that used to belong to the Borgia family. When he pronounces an inscription on the ring, he is suddenly able to transform himself into a shaggy dog -- though he has no control over when this is going to happen. To his dismay, the girl he likes gets involved without knowing who the dog really is. At the same time, the only way Wilby can break the spell is to perform some… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"Unhappily, Producer Walt Disney tells his shaggy-dog story so doggedly that he soon runs it into the pound."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"This 1959 film was Disney's first live-action comedy; it isn't good, but it's certainly mythic."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"This one lives up to the Disney charm, outshining the original, and not a single parent is killed in the process."
‑ Michael Szymanski, Sci-Fi Weekly
"Silly but solid Disney live-action take on werewolf transformations!"
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"There are a good many laughs on this simple premise and the script's exploitation of them."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A lovable mutt of a classic comedy."
‑ Polly M. Robertus, Common Sense Media
"The Shaggy Dog is classic Disney. It's a bit lost on the kids of today - especially the younger ones."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A lost classic from a simpler time."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
"Brisk but unrewarding."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"It not only marked the return of Fred MacMurray to comedy -- in which he got his start in the 1930s--but it also convinced the Disney folks that the combination of situation comedy and fantasy was an idea worth pursuing."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The Shaggy Dog may have been made strictly for kids, but it is still cute enough for adults to get a kick out of."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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