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C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979)

A young man invents a robot dog that has super strength, x-ray vision and can detect crimes being committed. A greedy businessman tries to steal the invention from him.


Don Chaffey


Dick Robbins (screenplay), Duane Poole (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wesley Eure ... Brian Foster
Valerie Bertinelli ... Casey Norton
Conrad Bain ... Ralph Norton
Chuck McCann ... Brooks
Red Buttons ... Bracken
Larry Bishop ... Ken Sharp
Hermione Baddeley ... Mrs. Flower
Jim Backus ... Mr. Gibbs
Robert Q. Lewis ... Merkle
Austin Willis Austin Willis ... Head Engineer
William Flatley William Flatley ... 1st Engineer
Dinah Anne Rogers Dinah Anne Rogers ... 2nd Engineer
James Reynolds ... Reporter
Joe Baker Joe Baker ... Storage Foreman (as Joe E. Baker)
Phil Adams Phil Adams ... 1st Hood


A young man invents a robot dog that has super strength, x-ray vision and can detect crimes being committed. A greedy businessman tries to steal the invention from him.

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When it comes to home security, he's the top dog! See more »


Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi


PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

C.H.O.M.P.S. El super perro See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was the first of a proposed film deal with Hanna-Barbera and American International Pictures. Joseph Barbera approached his friend Samuel Z. Arkoff about producing live-action films, although Barbera's partner William Hanna and other people working at Hanna-Barbera were none too eager to venture into anything outside of animation. Arkoff was enthusiastic about the ideas presented by Barbera, and planned on doing 9 films together, "C.H.O.M.P.S." being the first. However, due to creative differences, and the resulting film's anemic box-office performance, the film deal between Hanna-Barbera and AIP was canceled. See more »


When C.H.O.M.P.S. rips the roof from the car that Ken Sharp is driving, it is clearly not the same car that Sharp was seen getting into just moments before. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is a G rated version which omits one instance of profanity. See more »


Referenced in The Room (2003) See more »

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This movie is totally cute and classic Disney
19 August 2004 | by suemccartinSee all my reviews

I've seen this movie several times, when it comes out on DVD it'll be added to my collection.

The story is great, there's no bad language and there's just enough comic relief to keep it all light--like a good Disney movie should be. The acting is typical Disney and you see a lot of the same faces as in other Disney movies. The plot revolves around an inventor that develops a robotic dog "security system" who looks just like his real small dog. A lot of the comedy comes from watching this tiny little dog beat up the bad guys, bust through brick walls and otherwise perform amazing stunts--really well done. This is a movie for the whole family although the kids will probably cry just like I did in the one really sad part of the movie (and no, I won't blow it for you). This is another Disney classic along the lines of "The computer that wore tennis shoes" and "Flight of the Navigator." For it's time, this movie was way ahead and is also just plain good sci fi. Loved it.

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