The Shaggy Dog (2006)

Movie review by
Susan Granger, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Silly remake will entertain grade schoolers.
  • PG
  • 2006
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 10 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Bad behavior is met with consequences.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

What 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."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytredmer April 9, 2008

a great disney movie

Finally, a really good silly funny kids movie, with out the sarcastic, mouthy, disrespctful kids. Being a dog owner I found this movie to be extremely funny.... Continue reading
Parent of a 9 and 11-year-old Written byJojano March 3, 2012

Even better when edited for The Hallmark Channel

We saw this edited on The Hallmark Channel from a PG to a G so cute for the whole family. Not sure what was cut out to make it a G but it was perfe... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byEric Paul September 25, 2013
Teen, 16 years old Written byTotally500 August 7, 2012


really funny

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.

Talk to your kids 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

Our editors recommend

For kids who love animal chaos

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