The Ugly Dachshund (4-Feb-1966)|
Director: Norman Tokar
Writer: Albert Aley
Based on a book by: G. B. Stern
Keywords: Juvenile/Comedy, Dog
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Review by anonymous (posted on 18-Jul-2006)
I was eight years old when I
first saw "The Ugly Dachshund" in 1966, and I still feel like I am
Eight today as I have just watched the new DVD version of this
wonderful movie. It takes me back to the days when we kids crowded
around the TV on most any Sunday evening to watch "The Wonderful World
Of Disney". Walt gave us so many warm and family oriented stories to
grow up on. Dean Jones was in many of those films and his teaming with
Susanne Pleshette worked very well here. The basis for the story was
pure comedy genious and it took great training to get those dogs to
bring the story to life. How can anyone blame such mischief on those
cutest of canines, the weinerdog? Anyone who owns one can tell you,
they are a bundle of pure energy ready to pounce on any momment of
opportunity. Give one a ball and watch out! Brutus is the believable
one in this tale. He gives a great performance as an innocent and regal
champion. I would break up a backyard party myself if some little sneak
weinerdog stole my bone. I can imagine a movie critic could find fault
in the acting or storyline but this is the kind of movie that is
intended to be fun and lighthearted. It was done in the spirit of Walt
Disney in an era when films were made with an old fashioned quality,
yet technology was beginning to bring us more realism. This story
pioneers the way for many Dog based movies to come. Walt's legacy
shines through very well with this film and he is to be cherished as a
national treasure for all the wonderful gifts he left to this world.
Review by Terry (posted on 10-Jul-2007)
I saw this movie when it first came out in the movie theater, many, many years ago. I loved the cute little puppy dogs. I have been a dachshund owner several times. Each time my beloved dogs lived to be over fifteen years old. This film really was made so much more enjoyable because of that fact.
Dean Jones plays the role of the harried pet owner to perfection, and Suzanne Pleshette was wonderful. However, the real stars of the show were the dogs. My favorite scene? The one where the dachsies tear up Mark's studio and poor Brutus gets blamed for it.
I haven't seen the movie in years, but I still remember what a great film it was. I recommend it for all young children, and for all older parents like myself.
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