"He's a DOG and he's somebody's DAD!" That's how my 5 year old enthusiastically described THE SHAGGY DOG after seeing a TV spot. Before seeing the film itself, she had succinctly and accurately summed-up the movie's simplistic plot.
This latest Disney remake, using, the SHAGGY DOG franchise, sort of combining elements of the first film and it's sequel, an average Joe starts becoming a shaggy dog. This will rope in three generations of Disney audiences:
1.)Those who FONDLY remember Fred MacMurray's allergic-dog-hatin' mailman, whose son Wilby trades places w/ the neighbor's sheepdog in the 1959 classic The Shaggy Dog.
2.)Those who FONDLY remember Dean Jones as Wilby grown up and still trading places with a local shaggy dog in the 1976 classic The Shaggy D.A.
3.)Those who FONDLY remember the CGI laden commercials for the 2006 remake of the Shaggy Dog w/ Buzz Lightyear himself, Tim Allen.
This generation (3.) has come to know Tim Allen as the face of multiple Disney fam. fare ( the Santa Clauses, the Toy Stories), in the same way that past generations came to know Fred MacMurry (the Flubber originals) and Dean Jones (the Herbie originals)...in a word: FONDLY. Allen is the likable, out of his depth, DAD-figure that stuff happens to (like Robin Williams in his live-action Disney outings). Here he is an (you-guessed-it) Assistant D.A.,who is more involved with his "big case" than his family, while the "shaggy transformation" he undergoes actually helps reconnect him. He sells the ludicrous scenario and makes it funny for the same reason his predecessors did: because we like them. THIS IS THE MODERN-EQUIVALENT of the ones we saw AND LOVED AS KIDS, with the addition of butt jokes and random acts of chaos (e.g. the inadvertent waylaying of resident old lady). OH YEAH! My daughters (5 and 8) were so ready to see this one!
Definitely a good goofy one for the fam.
You're not gonna see this one on next year's Oscars, but you might see it on your DVD shelf. DOG-GONE...DOG BACK AGAIN...DOG-GONE DISNEY