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Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World (1973)

G  |   |  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 elder brother of Jon Pertwee, who was enjoying success as the third incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who (1963) at the time. See more »

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A Loved/Panned/Kiddie/General/Comedy/Adventure/Sci-Fi/Spoof.
25 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one film that seems to have no two reviewers who seem to agree on its merit or even classification totally. Oh, sure it has a cast that is led by Jim Dale, an actor who did quite well with the Disney crowd. It has a couple of young kids with a Big Hairy English Sheep Dog, how's that for surefire 'family appeal' and a coveted 'G' rating?

And yet, we have the inclusion of Spike Milligan, brilliant British comedy pioneer and innovator. Either he was cast here to bring in some of the adults, or perhaps as a tribute to him just to be asked.His acceptance of the role and participation in any project would surely add to the credibility of a picture.

Then we have the obvious Science Fiction set in the Cold War serving to make this a spoof of so many countless Saturday matinée 'Things', 'Creatures' and 'Attacks' that had been viewed ever since the end of WWII. You know, Science + the Military = Our World Saved.

But one thing that a comedy/farce needs, be it a short,or a feature is to have a good ending, a fade out to leave the audience laughing, satisfied, but somehow wishing that the picture would go on. This was true of the Mack Sennett Keystones, Laurel & Hardy, the Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields and every funny man & comedy team before or after right down to the present day.

"Digby" has this element and it was my then 3 year old Jennifer who pointed it out to me. At the end, when Digby has been returned to normal, and the Chimp from the Lab drinks some of the Growth Formula, then proceeds to chase his old antagonist,the Colonel, off the screen, it was greeted with a resounding roar of laughter from the audience. And then my little Daughter said laughing ,"Look, Dad, the Monkey had his (Digby's) power!"

And to think, such wisdom coming from the mouths of babes.


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