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Thursday, February 16, 2006

"The Shaggy Dog" - Raise The Woof

Synopsis - A remake of the 1959 film, "The Shaggy Dog" tells the story of a lawyer (Tim Allen) who occasionally transforms into, well, a large, shaggy sheepdog. His transformation into a dog hampers his career, but teaches him to be a better father and husband.

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Bring back Wilby Daniels, send Tim Allen back to Tool Time. Tim had something once, but he's squandered it to become the new Steve Guttenberg. Give us Galaxy Quest 2, don't ruin a family classic. Depressing. What's left to Fred MacMurray now? Where is Tommy Kirk? Ignore this remake and run out and rent the original for your kids. Start teaching them to hate Lucretia Borgia now. Send a message, let them know that the use of that damn Baha Men song in any advertisement, movie trailer or otherwise, is no longer socially acceptable.

I have had a few Disney movies on tape and the original was one of them. (So was the Shaggy D.A.) And while even at the time I knew it didn't live up to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Love Bug, I saw it enough that "in canis corpore transumto" sticks with me to this day. So I can't begrudge them for remaking it, as I'm sure some kids will love it.

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As for Tim Allen, I've always thought it unfair (in both directions) that actors get credit or blame for dialogue they didn't come up with. Poor Tim might not get an Oscar no matter what he was in, but he's better than the lines he's given. Unfortunately for him, having found his niche acting in movies targeted at young audiences, he'll never get to try out some Quentin Tarantino dialogue.

But if you want to give the man a fair chance, Galaxy Quest is underrated if you're willing to appreciate it. Also if you ever see "Joe Somebody," be mindful that they wanted Jim Carrey for the part and settled for Tim Allen. It's not a particularly great movie either, but to me Allen carried it off far better than Carrey would have.


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