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Worst in Show -- Each summer in Petaluma, CA the 'World's Ugliest Dog' contest takes place. Contestants and their ugly dogs travel from all over to square off for prizes, fame and the championship title. The 2009 contest featured a major upset as Pabst, a rescue dog with a 2-inch under-bite beat out Rascal, a crazy looking pooch who may (or may not...) hold the worlds record for ugliest dog.

'Worst in Show' features several contestants on their quest for the crown and unexpected twists and turns abound. Tensions mount, feelings get hurt and an ugly dog is crowned champ.


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  (in credits order)

Dane Andrew ... Himself

Rascal The World's Ugliest Dog ... Himself

Jane Russell ... Herself - Rascal Fan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jonathan Adler ... Himself
Miles Egstad ... Himself
Icky Theuglydog ... Himself

Directed by
John T. Beck 
Don R. Lewis 
Produced by
Gavin ap' Morrygan .... executive producer
John T. Beck .... executive producer
Mark Bell .... co-producer
Don R. Lewis .... executive producer
Kent Osborne .... associate producer
Duane A. Sikes .... associate producer
Nate Torrens .... associate producer
Ryan Phillips Williams .... co-producer
Cinematography by
John T. Beck 
Thom E. Butler 
Mic Hawk 
Don R. Lewis 
Film Editing by
John T. Beck 
Animation Department
Randy J. Huling .... animator
Dane Andrew .... special thanks
Rascal The World's Ugliest Dog .... special thanks
Ray Arthur Wang .... photo credit

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USA:59 min
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"Toddlers and Tiaras" for dogs, 28 August 2015
Author: tmaj48 from United States

This documentary focuses on the annual "World's Ugliest Dog" contest held in Petaluma, California. Like a lot of offbeat competitions, it started out as a quirky bit of fun for owners of strange-looking, so-ugly-they're-cute canines. But the subject matter, while funny on the surface, ultimately turns disturbing.

For one thing, as in many contests, there are always a few competitors who take the whole thing way too seriously. In this case, one dog owner in particular comes across as an obnoxious self-promoter who attempts to monopolize all the attention at every contest. His aggressive campaigning tactics start off as funny, then become tiresome. He eventually comes off as one of those pushy stage parents in children's beauty pageants.

More disturbing, though, is the exploitation of some of these dogs. Granted, some breeds of dogs, such as Chinese Cresteds, are simply more bizarre-looking than the average pooch. But many of the entrants have disabilities that contribute to their "ugliness"--missing eyes, blindness, visible tumors and warts, goiters, missing teeth, spinal and limb deformities, etc. It raises the question of whether some of these dogs are the victims of medical neglect by greedy owners who are more interested in allowing their dogs to remain "ugly" rather than seek medical attention for their illnesses and deformities.

What starts out as a lighthearted look at strange, funny-looking creatures turns sour. Maybe a closer look at some of these overzealous dog owners is warranted.

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