The Shaggy Dog (2006)


“[as he’s jumping onto the roof of the bus] To infinity and beyond! ” – Dave Douglas

Number of Times Seen – Twice (13 May 2008 and 24 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After getting accidentally bitten by a mysterious dog, a lawyer discovers that he has the ability to transform into a dog

My Take on it – Tim Allen is such a great choice in the lead role of this film.

Yes, the story is presented in a very silly way, but his physical brand of comedy works so well here.

The special effects obviously help keep things looking somewhat realistic, but it’s truly Allen who makes things work even better.

The overall premise is actually better than the original film presented, but the way that it is presented here fails to be more entertaining.

Kristen Davis is fun as Allen’s wife, but the chemistry between them seems a bit off the whole way through which does hamper things slightly along the way.

The movie’s message about animal research is pretty effective despite the fact that things come across quite strangely throughout.

The supporting cast is very talented with Danny Glover, Jane Curtin and Robert Downey Jr. all doing fine jobs here.

Downey is less effective as a villain and comes across a bit too cartoonish in everything that he does here which is a shame.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Although Shaggy is referred to as a sheep dog, the dog who played Shaggy (Cole) is a Bearded Collie, a herding breed known for their intelligence, energy, enthusiasm, and ability to jump (known as “the Beardie bounce”). (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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