This was the first so-called "live-action comedy" from the Disney studios, and it was extremely successful at the box office. It not only marked the return of Fred MacMurray to comedy--in which he got his start in the 1930s--but it also convinced the Disney folks that the combination of
situation comedy and fantasy was an idea worth pursuing. In this particular shaggy dog story, an ancient ring falls in the pants cuff of Wilby Daniels (Tommy Kirk) while he is visiting a museum. After reading the ring's inscription, Wilby finds himself transformed into a large sheep dog, identical
to one owned by his next-door neighbors. This poses a problem for his father (MacMurra...