For March 19th… On This Day in Disney History!
On this day in Disney History… On This Day in 1959, Walt Disney Productions releases “The Shaggy Dog” – the studios’ first live-action comedy. The film centers around Wilby Daniels (played by Tommy Kirk), a teenage boy who is transformed into a sheepdog when he accidently happens across a magical, but cursed, Borgia ring. Fred MacMurray, in his first of what will be seven Disney films, plays Wilby’s father, Wilson Daniels. Also appearing are such familiar Disney teens as Annette Funicello, Tim Considine, and Kevin Corcoran. Veteran Disney voice actor, Paul Frees, has a rare, on-screen appearance in the film as well. The film also features a sheepdog from California named Sam, who became an instant movie star!