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Re: Walt Disney's "The Shaggy Dog" MC reviews
Well here's what one of the industry trade papers has to say:
March 06, 2006
The Hollywood Reporter The Shaggy Dog
By Luke Sader
Bottom line: Updated remake of Disney favorite is no dog.
If Queen Latifah can step into Alec Guinness' "Last Holiday" and Steve Martin can go from "Father of the Bride" to "Cheaper by the Dozen" to "The Pink Panther" remakes, why shouldn't producer-actor Tim Allen take a romp as "The Shaggy Dog"? Director Brian Robbins, a young veteran of teen and family fare, and five writers have turned out a fast-moving Walt Disney Co. comedy that manages to sail past many of the cliches usually found in this genre while throwing together a wild story line more apt for a new millennium. Business could be brisk for the tweener crowd. DVD sales and rental figures look to be strong.
I would have to agree with most of the full review. There is a genuinely sweet air about the film that carries over from the original films, with smart modern-day elements. Plus there is strange warmth in seeing everyone from former SNL 'Not Ready For Prime-Time Player' Jane Curtin, "Lethal Weapon" series star Danny Glover and especially Academy Award nominee Robert Downey Jr. in a Walt Disney Picture release such as this.
Tim Allen has extended his studio lifetime achievements' standing here as star and producer, he radiates a wonderful come-along-for-a-fun-ride glow throughout the film (or it's the spray-on tan, not sure...) And yes, he rewards us all with the inevitable Buzz Lightyear sight gag.
The screening tonight was filled with kids of all ages, they laughed alot and often. And many will be back in theatres this weekend when the film opens nationwide March 10th.
P.S. almost forgot - Craig "Kilby" Kilborn ("Old School" and the upcoming "Benchwarmers") is also in the film, doing what he does best. Smarm baby!
Last edited by ALIASd; 03-08-2006 at 11:21 PM.
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