A drama about the awakening of painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.
When young Victor's pet dog Sparky (who stars in Victor's home-made monster movies) is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbors, he has to convince them (and his parents) that despite his appearance, Sparky's still the good loyal friend he's always been.Written by
It's amazing that Disney, who paid for this project, initially shelved this short film because they deemed it "inappropriate for children"! This is only a slightly dark and very funny family film that is a homage to the horror pictures of the 1930s and 40s--complete with glorious black and white cinematography! And, I think that children of just about all ages would enjoy this without being traumatized. More importantly, there's enough fun to this story that adults won't watching it either--and that's important for parents that are tired of the usual drivel that was foisted upon families during the 70s and 80s. The acting is way overdone, but deliberately so--as everyone who initially sees this re-animated dog becomes deathly afraid and overreacts, since the pooch is a sweet dog underneath its ugly exterior. So, believe it or not, this is a great film about accepting others and not prejudging them--and you probably did NOT expect this film to have such excellent family values!
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