The Shaggy Dog (2006) Movie Poster Image

The Shaggy Dog (2006)

Silly remake will entertain grade schoolers.
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Bad behavior is met with consequences.

Positive role models

Dave begins the film with his priorities out of whack, but with the intervention of a little animal chaos, straightens him right out, and reminds him what is really important in his life.

Violence & scariness

Cattle prod, injections used to threaten animals. Mild peril.

Sexy stuff

Nudity is implied but not shown as Tim Allen changes back and forth into a canine.


Words such as butt and pee.


Numerous Kellogg's product placements (Pop Tarts, Special K, Rice Krispies) and Coca-Cola products (Coke, Diet Coke, Minute Maid).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that because this story involves animals, there's a lot of butt-sniffing and slapstick jokes. While no animals are harmed, an injection with a large needle and cattle prod are used to threaten them and -- since he's a dog --Tim Allen. Allen inadvertently appears nude in front of the courthouse (although no nudity is shown) and mutters, "Everyone's gonna need therapy after this."

What's the story?

In this latest version of the Disney fantasy-adventure, ambitious Deputy District Attorney Dave Douglas (Tim Allen) is so ambitious that he often ignores his lovely wife (Kristin Davis), their idealistic teenage daughter (Zena Grey) and conflicted son (Spencer Breslin). He's tackling a complicated legal case involving animal testing run by evil Dr. Marcus Kozak (Robert Downey Jr.) when he's accidentally infected with an experimental gene-mutation serum by a stray sheepdog. His weird affliction first manifests itself with growling and barking in the courtroom, but soon he's sniffing, scratching, licking and romping around, transformed into a replica of the sheepdog. Confused and no longer able to communicate in human language, he befriends a motley menagerie, including a chimp, rats, rabbits, and a cobra and, in doing so, gets his priorities straight.

Is it any good?


Tim Allen wreaks hilarious havoc with an uncanny canine-like performance; there's lots here to entertain kids, who will be amused by all the silliness. Writers Cormac & Marianne Wibberley, Geoff Rodkey and Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, working with director Brian Robbins, have the added advantage of advanced computer technology to enhance the outrageous episodes and slapstick comedy.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it would be like to live, albeit briefly, as someone or something else. If your kids could transform into anything, what would they pick and why?

  • For the more adventurous, you might ask what your kids think about cruelty in animal testing, which the teenage daughter is actively protesting. Are there ever circumstances when it's necessary to test on animals?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 10, 2006
DVD/Streaming release date:August 1, 2006
Cast:Kristin Davis, Robert Downey Jr., Spencer Breslin, Tim Allen
Director:Brian Robbins
Studio:Buena Vista
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:for some mild rude humor

This review of The Shaggy Dog (2006) was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Adult Written byMort555 April 9, 2008

Good children's movie, Bad for everyone else

I recently watched the Shaggy Dog and I am kind of disappointed. I have always been a fan of Tim Allen. In my opinion this movie is perfect for younger children and their parents to watch together. The movie isn't as intereting for older children. If you are over the age of 13 you probably won't like this movie. Overall a great movie for children and an average movie for everyone else.
Teen, 13 years old Written byEric Paul September 25, 2013

Exempt for the kissing scene

best for kids
Teen, 16 years old Written byTotally500 August 7, 2012


really funny
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models