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Bobby, a brave Skye Terrier, becomes local legend when it refuses to leave his master's grave after he dies. The townsfolk feed the dog until local authorities ban strays. The kids decide to help Bobby defy the law. Based on true events.


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Bobby, a brave Skye Terrier, becomes local legend when it refuses to leave his master's grave after he dies. The townsfolk feed the dog until local authorities ban strays. The kids decide to help Bobby defy the law. Based on true events.

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Rated PG for some mild peril | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

10 February 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby  »

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£6,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 2003 the Scottish Screen, which had posted a lottery of £500,000, pulled the funding towards this film. As a result the film was going to be made in Luxembourg. See more »


Remake of Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog (1961) See more »


Here Inside
Written by John David & Mark Thomas
Performed by Rosanna Thomas (as Rosanna)
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A small picture about a small dog
8 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Just saw the film tonight in a preview and it's a film for kids only. It does not improve or add to the original Disney film in any way. There is a corny Scottish pastiche style throughout, not helped by weak writing (where motives are lumped in by the spadeful) and acting that is uneven and often unengaging (despite what reads like a decent cast). I have no problem with the wee dog - although there is a certain "Skippy the Bush Kangaroo" (see below) quality about his shots.

* For those that don't know, "Skippy" was an Australian kids' TV series from the 1960s where the kangaroo would be an essential part of all the stories. It is said that to get poor old Skippy to "act" they stuck an elastic band round his muzzle that he then tried to get off with his paws - sort of appearing to be communicating with the human actors!!! Bobby has a similar range and you just don't buy his series of heroic rescues at all.

Advice would be to take kids aged 8-12. Below that, they might be scared. Above that, if they or you love it, good luck to you, but this is strictly cardboard cut-out film-making for the undemanding. It's a missed opportunity since there is real pathos and cuteness in the story of Bobby and this film fails to deliver it.

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