Part 2 of our Monster Buds series and this time its a robot dog with superpowers played by an actual dog. That can't be a recipe for disaster in any possible way!
The poster for CHOMPS features a sheep dog with a stick of dynamite in it’s mouth while either being struck by or shooting out at least 6 lightning bolts. I can’t see it paying off, six lightning bolts should get an R rating.
It seems like we have been talking about Pete’s Dragon an awful lot lately. Well Don Chaffey directed Pete’s Dragon and he directed this too. He didn’t bring the bonerific Helen Ready along for this one though, instead he dragged in a 19 year old Valerie Bertinelli, who looks like a 12 year old boy, just the way Eddie Van Halen likes it. Speaking of Different Strokes, Conrad Bain is in this movie but we’ll get back to the actors in a minute.
Don Chaffey started in the art department and his some 83 various directing credits roared off in 1953 with his first feature Skid Kids. He worked for Hammer most notably as the director of One Million Years BC, you know the one where Raquel Welch doesn’t take her shirt of, again. He made various other productions capitalizing on the fame of One Million Years BC. Doesn’t look like any of the shirts came off the ladies either. He would bounce in and out of TV consistently and eventually graduate from blue balling teenagers to disappointing children. Thought there are some who would defend Pete’s Dragon, I think it stinks and I bet this does too.
Valerie Bertinelli got her start on the sitcom One Day at a Time. She looked like a little boy when she was a teenage girl. Rumor has it that when Eddie Van Halen woke up from a 25 year cocaine binge only to find out he wasn’t married to a 12 year old boy, he filed for divorce. Others say she left him for being a crazy asshole. Who’s to say. Currently she can be seen on teenage cooking competition reality TV shows. She doesn’t know much about cooking but she knows plenty about ruining kid’s lives.
Conrad Bain had a pretty decent career even though we only remember him as the benefactor from Different Strokes and Dr. Arthur Harmon on Maude. He had a brother named Bonar Bain. Which is twice we’ve talked about Raquel Welch’s shirt never coming off.
This is an AIP film (American International vs. Action International). Joseph Barbara was friends with Samuel Arkoff and the two wanted to start doing collaborative pictures between AIP and Hanna-Barbara. Word is that William Hanna was out the whole time and it would have caused friction if this thing wouldn’t have tanked. Joe Barbara originally wrote the part for a Doberman and the dog was changed to look more like Benji. Barbara would go on to feel this was the decision that held the films performance back. Bill Hanna would probably go on to thank the dog change up for not destroying Hanna-Barbara.
I guess the dogs talk in this movie, or at least one does. In order to get a G rating and release this for Christmas they had to replace the salty language uttered by a canine. In the article I read reporting the change to get the G rating, the author claimed that the dog’s voice had to be overdubbed, so there may have been a real talking dog who had a potty mouth starring in this film.
KAEOF: Chuck McCann, Red Buttons and Jim Backus.
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