My Magic Dog
Move over, Harvey, you've got competition! Eight-year-old Toby (Leo Millbrook) has a problem: His creepy Aunt Violet keeps trying to snooker him out of his inheritance, and she'll stop at nothing. Fortunately, Toby also has an ace in the hole -- Lucky, his invisible magic dog, a mutt no one else but Toby can see. Doggone! Also stars Russ Tamblyn.
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- John Putch
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Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
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English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that My Magic Dog (originally released as the TV movie My Ghost Dog) deals with the death of a beloved pet dog, the past death of Toby's mother, and a custody battle. The death of the dog isn't graphic or gory, but Toby is with the dog Lucky when he dies, and the scene may upset sensitive kids. There are some menacing bullies and a cartoony villain, who all get their comeuppance in the end. All the other characters are positive role models. Faith is lightly touched on (Lucky comes back as an angel-like ghost in answer to Toby's prayer), but the biggest message is that loved ones who are gone will always be with us, although it doesn't explain how or why. There is some infrequent, mild name-calling such as "dolt." Toby tells his aunt, "You suck."
- Toby's beloved dog Lucky is hit by a car off camera, but Toby holds him in his arms in the street until Lucky dies. Toby's mother died two years ago; Toby isn't mourning at all but watches old videos of his mother and looks at pictures of her. Bullies are menacing and shown shaking a kid while holding him upside down. Men on a background TV start punching each other. Lucky hits the bullies in the crotch and on the head with a baseball. Toby and Phoebe tussle with a police officer who's trying to arrest Chet.
- Infrequent, mild name-calling such as "dolt." Toby tells his aunt, "You suck."
- Social Behavior
- Even if you can't see someone who's gone (because they passed away), they'll always be with you. Sometimes you're separated from those you love, and that's just how it has to be. A fat lady is unappealing and eats sloppily; how unappealing she is and how much she eats are briefly joked about. Brief, nondenominational faith message when Toby's bedtime prayer is answered and his dog reappears from the sky with a halo over his head.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Adults drink wine in moderation on dates. Villain Aunt Violet throws a cigarette butt to the ground and steps on it.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it