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Rufus (2016)

When Manny finds a mysterious collar and puts it on his dog, Rufus, he magically turns into a human boy. Although he doesn't know how to act normal, he becomes the most popular kid in school.


Bill Motz, Bob Roth
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Credited cast:
Jace Norman ... Rufus
Davis Cleveland ... Manny Garcia
Haley Tju ... Paige
Noel Johansen ... Mr. Black
Chad Riley Chad Riley ... Dad
Lisa Durupt ... Mom
Yvonne Chapman ... Shaydo
Paul Belsito ... Dim Sum
Darien Provost ... Devon
Sidney Grigg ... Samantha
Curtis Lum ... Chang
Glenn Ennis ... Wheels
Jocelyne Loewen ... Ms. Dunlop
J. Alex Brinson ... DJ / Announcer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Curtis Albright Curtis Albright ... Athlete


Manny has moved to a new school, and it's not easy to fit in. After wishing he had more friends, Manny finds a mysterious collar and puts it on Rufus, the family dog. Suddenly, Rufus turns into a boy! Manny's not sure what to do, so he enrolls Rufus in school. When the other students notice Rufus's silly dog antics -- chasing squirrels, eating without utensils, asking for belly rubs, and catching a frisbee with his mouth -- he immediately becomes the most popular kid around. Manny is jealous of his new best friend but eventually learns that a dog's loyalty to his owner always comes first.

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Short | Comedy | Family


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Cute movie
2 December 2016 | by estagg-94331See all my reviews

I thought the movie was cute.....although I am an adult. My yellow Labrador Retriever was used as a back up in the film. One reviewer posted it was a Golden Retriever, however it was actually a Labrador. My dog is in the scene in the beginning where he is looking out the living room window.

Thus was my first introduction to a children's TV movie, but I thought it was well done and the child actors did a good job. I did think the movie would be longer in length than it was. The story line was OK, but there didn't seem to be enough interaction between the actors and the dog.

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Release Date:

18 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Manny's Best Friend See more »


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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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16:9 HD
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