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Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World (1973)

 -  Family | Fantasy | Sci-Fi  -  May 1974 (USA)
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Digby consumes a bowl of Project X, a liquid growth formula. Soon, he becomes a sheepdog of gigantic size!

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Before his adventure begins, Digby is given to Bill by a friendly vet, but as Bill's grandfather doesn't like to have an English sheepdog in his house, Bill is forced to give him away. He gives Digby to a guy who works in a defense lab that experiments with animals and plants for space travel. A growth-boosting chemical is made in the lab, and the animal trainer steals some to boost his own tomato crop. Accidentally, the dog is fed some and, as a result, is growing all the time; eventually, he's the size of an ocean liner. As weird animals are attractions, Digby is stolen by two well-dressed hoods and sold to a circus, from which Digby escapes, hunted by the military, both Army and Air Force! Written by MLS

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Screenwriter Michael Pertwee was the brother of Jon Pertwee, who was enjoying success as the third incarnation of Doctor Who at the time. See more »

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Not as good as we all remember it being
7 April 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Military scientist Jeff Eldon works with animals in their labs. He also has a crush on fellow doctor Janine, who is working on growth hormone Project X. To help his roses Jeff `borrows' a little of project X but it is inadvertently fed to a lost dog, Digby. Whilst trying to hide the rapidly growing pooch, Jeff attracts the attentions of a couple of criminals who try to kidnap Digby for a circus attraction.

Very much a cult family classic of the 70's this is better when remembered instead of watched. We all remember it as a great film when we talk about it in a pub 20 years on, but it isn't really that good. The story itself is not inspiring and is a rather easy story. What makes it better is that the director has made some nice set pieces and adult jokes in the mix. He also fashions it as a sort of King Kong spoof making it cine-literate – sort of! But when the chips come down it a lame story held up by distracting laughs.

The direction is OK but the effects are bad – even by 1970's standards. The back project is awful and the use of people dressing in big dog (horse) costumes doesn't work at all. It's a minor complaint because the film avoids putting Digby and humans in the same shot – preferring to use the real dog and small furniture instead.

The cast are good value. Jim Dale (with Carry On partner Angela Douglas) is always good and clowns well here. The support cast comprise many many well known faces from 1970's TV but I have one major let down. One of the UK's best and most influential comedians - Spike Milligan – is in this film. He's sadly dead now, but he was a genius that sometimes was years ahead of his audience. Here he has some nice touches but he is not allowed to adlib very much and he has very little screen time. I felt that if you had Spike in a film and he was funny that you would edit it to give him as much time as possible – it's a bit of a waste.

Overall this has some funny moments but is nothing more than a kids movie with bad effects. If you have fond memories of this as a child then don't watch it – you'll only sully your memory.


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