The Shaggy Dog
The Shaggy Dog (1959)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: March 19, 1959
DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

Unhappily, Producer Walt Disney tells his shaggy-dog story so doggedly that he soon runs it into the pound.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This 1959 film was Disney's first live-action comedy; it isn't good, but it's certainly mythic.

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Michael Szymanski
Sci-Fi Weekly

This one lives up to the Disney charm, outshining the original, and not a single parent is killed in the process.

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Variety Staff

There are a good many laughs on this simple premise and the script's exploitation of them.

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Polly M. Robertus
Common Sense Media

A lovable mutt of a classic comedy.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

The Shaggy Dog is classic Disney. It's a bit lost on the kids of today - especially the younger ones.

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Howard Thompson
New York Times

Brisk but unrewarding.

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TV Guide

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.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

The Shaggy Dog may have been made strictly for kids, but it is still cute enough for adults to get a kick out of.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Conner Rainwater
Really odd, but it's harmless and fun. It's kind've funny in the sense that its just a bizarre plot, no one in there right mind would write… More
Jared H
Fun while it lasts...but quite cheesy as well.
jay nixon
silly but cute
alan jay
a disney classic
Bryce Iwaschuk
It's a fun, and witty children's film. But it can't even pull off the simplest of dialogue, or the funniest of comedy. Even in the simpler time… More