The Shaggy DA

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Shaggy DA (1976 Movie)

“The Shaggy D.A.” is a delightful Disney family comedy released in 1976. The movie serves as a sequel to the original 1959 film “The Shaggy Dog” and follows the hilarious misadventures of Wilby Daniels, played by Dean Jones, who once again finds himself transforming into a sheepdog when exposed to the enchanted Borgia ring.

In this entertaining sequel, Wilby, now a successful lawyer, decides to run for district attorney. However, he soon discovers that the Borgia ring still holds its magical powers, leading to comical situations as he struggles to maintain his human form while campaigning. As a canine candidate, Wilby finds himself in amusing predicaments, including courtroom chaos, chaotic chases, and humorous encounters with the bad guys.

“The Shaggy D.A.” captures the essence of classic Disney comedies, combining elements of fantasy, humor, and heartwarming moments. With its lovable characters and slapstick humor, the film appeals to both children and adults alike. Dean Jones delivers a charming performance, adding to the film’s endearing appeal.

As Wilby faces numerous obstacles in his pursuit of justice, the movie emphasizes the importance of determination, integrity, and doing the right thing, even when faced with challenges. The strong themes of honesty and the consequences of one’s actions resonate throughout the film, making it not only a source of laughter but also a valuable lesson for younger audiences.

Like its predecessor, “The Shaggy D.A.” has also become a part of Disney’s legacy, showcasing the studio’s ability to create enduring family-friendly entertainment. The film’s enduring popularity has inspired future generations of filmmakers, and its heartwarming tale continues to bring joy to audiences around the world.

The Shaggy DA

Additional Details


  • Dean Jones: Wilby Daniels
  • Tim Conway: Tim
  • Suzanne Pleshette: Betty Daniels
  • Keenan Wynn: John Slade
  • Jo Anne Worley: Katrinka Muggelberg
  • Dick Van Patten: Raymond
  • Shane Sinutko: Brian Daniels
  • Vic Tayback: Eddie Roshak
  • John Myhers: Admiral Brenner
  • Richard Bakalyan: Freddie
  • Warren Berlinger: Dip
  • John Fiedler: Howie Clemmings
  • Hans Conried: Professor Whatley
  • Michael McGreevey: Sheldon
  • Richard O’Brien: Desk sergeant
  • Richard Lane: Roller rink announcer
  • Benny Rubin: Waiter
  • Ruth Gillette: Song chairman
  • Hank Jones: Policeman
  • Iris Adrian: Manageress
  • Pat McCormick: Bartender
  • Henry Slate: Taxi driver
  • Milton Frome: Auctioneer
  • Walt Davis: TV cameraman
  • Albert Able: TV technician
  • Mary Ann Gibson, Helene Winston, Joan Crosby: Daisyettes
  • Sarah Fankboner: Shopper
  • Danny Wells: Police official
  • Herb Vigran, Olan Soule: Bar patrons
  • Vern Rowe: Dawson
  • Karl Lukas: Painter
  • John Hayes: Stranger
  • Christina Anderson: Lonnie


  • Director: Robert Stevenson
  • Producer: Bill Anderson
  • Music: Buddy Baker

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