It was a little over a year ago when I first brought news of Monster Mutt, a monstrous new family film billing itself as “Beethoven meets Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” about a lovable dog transformed by a mad scientist into an adorably silly looking furry fiend. I predicted then it would be on DVD shelves sometime in 2010. My prediction proved off by four days.
Monster Mutt will arriving on DVD shelves at Wal-Mart and other DVD retailers/renters on January 4, 2011. Todd Tucker (a co-producer of the Night of the Demons remake) directs Rhiannon Leigh Wryn (The Last Mimzy), Bart Johnson (High School Musical), Brian Stepanek (“The Suite Life of Zach and Cody”), Juliet Landau (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and Zack Ward (Postal) in this frightfully funny family flick about a pair of kids trying to save their beloved pooch from a mad scientist working for a sinister villain whose experiment has transformed their dog into a crazy-eyed muppet monstrosity.
The Monster Mutt effects were done by Oscar-winning FX house Drac Studios, whose work has been seen in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Watchmen. One look at the Monster Mutt in action, and you’ll see why Drac Studios will not be winning any awards for this one. That’s not meant to be a knock. There’s an undeniable hokey charm to this puppet creature, very retro Eighties, that’s worlds better than the endless barrage of less charming computer generated creatures we are constantly treated to today.
See for yourself in the trailer. Pick up the DVD on January 4th.
Monster Mutt – Trailer
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