Director: Brian Robbins
Starring: Tim Allen, Kristin Davis, Robert
Downey Jr., Danny Glover, Spencer Breslin and Philip Baker Hall
Released By: BVI
Day: 9 March 2006
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 D.A. Dave Douglas
(ALLEN) takes on a case involving an animal laboratory –
one that will take him away yet again from his wife (KRISTIN
DAVIS) and kids (ZENA GREY and SPENCER BRESLIN), 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.
released in 1959, this 2006 remake has been adapted to suit
our times. Equipped with a better storyline, along with a
ton of CGI that has been aptly used, director Brian Robbins
(executive producer of TV series "One Tree Hill")
gets the comical Tim Allen (Christmas With The Kranks) to
behave like a dog trapped in man's body.
The story begins somewhere in Tibet, where a 300 year old
Tibetan sheepdog is sitting amongst monks praying. Evil bad
guys from a pharmaceutical company have dog-napped it in attempt
to find out the secret of it’s everlasting youth.
The movie then shifts back to America, where we are introduced
to Dave Douglas (Tim Allen). Dave is a Los Angeles star district
attorney prosecuting an animal-activist who also happens to
be his daughter's (Zena Grey) favourite social studies teacher.
The teacher is being accused of firebombing the pharmaceutical
company because they experiment on animals. Amidst his involvement
with the case, Dave is too busy to realize what is going on
with his family. His wife, Rebecca (Kristen Davis of Sex and
the City) feels neglected, his daughter treats him like the
enemy and his son, Josh (Spencer Breslin last seen in Cat
in the Hat) seems like he is hiding something from Dad.
The real action begins when Dave gets bitten by the sheepdog,
now renamed Shaggy by his kids. Furry little dog-like blood
cells flow into Dave’s bloodstream and infect him with
an ancient serum that gradually transforms him into a furry
shaking like a dog after a bath, to growling at opposing counsel
and judge in the courtroom right to the moment where he shape-shifts
into a dog, it is hilarious to see Tim Allen slowing transforming
into a canine as he takes on all sorts of doglike movements
special effects go into high gear, as he grows a long floppy
tongue, gain super sensitive hearing and the ability to run
on all fours before turning into a sheepdog. Along with the
wacky lab animals like a freakish dog-frog, a cobra-canine
with a furry tail, and rabbits, monkeys and rats that bark,
the whole thing is just very bizarre.
As Shaggy, Dave is able to gain an entirely different perspective
into the various members of his family. Inspired by his new
found knowledge, Dave wants nothing more than to go back to
being a father so that he can set things right. But before
he can do all that, he first has to stop the evil genius who
started this whole fiasco, Dr. Kozak (Robert Downey Jr.).
movie isn’t Oscar material, but it is fine as a light-hearted
affair with it’s interesting plot and good actors. Like
a PETA activist's fantasy, this is one for dog lovers and
the family. Kids will enjoy this, and adults will find this
rather amusing, if not entertaining.
a fantastic movie, but not a bad one either – take the
kids to watch and enjoy this family comedy.
by Jolene Tan