C.H.O.M.P.S. is a 1979 American comic science fiction family film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and directed by Don Chaffey, his final feature film.
1 Plot 2 Principal cast 3 Background 4 Critical reception 5 Availability 6 References 7 Bibliography 8 External links
Plot Brian Foster (Wesley Eure), a young inventor, creates a robotic dog for use as part of a home protection system. C.H.O.M.P.S. is an acronym for "Canine HOMe Protection System." Ralph Norton (Conrad Bain) is his boss, with whom he constantly argues. Foster develops a relationship with Norton's daughter, Casey (Valerie Bertinelli). A rival company wants the dog and sends a few petty criminals to dognap "C.H.O.M.P.S." Principal cast
Wesley Eure as Brian Foster Valerie Bertinelli as Casey Norton Conrad Bain as Ralph Norton Chuck McCann as Brooks Red Buttons as Bracken Jim Backus as Mr. Gibbs
Background Joseph Barbera approached his friend Samuel Z. Arkoff of American International Pictures about his company collaborating with Hanna-Barbera on live-action films. Though William Hanna and other members of Hanna-Barbera were not eager to venture beyond the animation field, according to Barbera, Arkoff was enthusiastic about the ideas that Barbera presented, and agreed to do nine films together. Barbera's first idea was for a film about a super-canine, robotic Doberman pinscher guard dog which would capitalize on several ideas popular at the time. Barbera recalled that Arkoff's son Louis suggested that rather than a Doberman, the dog would have to be a non-threatening dog in the Benji mold. Barbera attributes this change in focus in the story to the film's lackluster performance at the box-office. In his autobiography, Barbera wrote that the film "did okay... but it never made the splash it should have." Because of this, the future film deals between Hanna-Barbera and AIP were canceled. Burt Topper worked on the movie as producer with Barbera. Critical reception On the film's release, Variety wrote, "although it features a cute canine hero, a pair of do-gooding young people and a bevy of silly-minded adults, pic has little of the action or charm that lure audiences." The review noted that director Don Chaffey "has done what he can to keep the pic moving given what he has to work with." Of the performers, Variety judged, "Actors are uniformly okay but there's really only one star in this picture, 'Chomps.' Benji he's not." Judging the film to be "unpretentious but slightly dismal in its execution", the Los Angeles Times wrote, "The premise is engaging enough to entertain dog lovers and kids for awhile [sic], but the screenplay... is mediocre television sitcom fare and too thin to sustain an entire movie." The film currently holds a 32% rating on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. Availability A PG-rated version of C.H.O.M.P.S. was shown for a short time during the summer of 1979. The stricter rating was due to some language employed by a dog—not the title character. It was edited, with the canine profanity overdubbed, in order to receive a G-rating and released during the Christmas season. This version was released in the United States on December 21, 1979, opening in Los Angeles. Scholastic Corporation released a 121-page book version of the film's story at the time of the film's first release. MGM Home Entertainment (part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the successor-in-interest to AIP) released C.H.O.M.P.S in DVD format on April 12, 2005. References
^ Barbera, Joseph (1994). My Life in 'Toons: From Flatbush to Bedrock in Under a Century. Atlanta, GA: Turner Publishing. pp. 195–197. ISBN 1-57036-042-1. ^ Studio Seeks Rare Breed of Star: SHAGGY DOG TRYOUTS Harvey, Steve. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 04 May 1978: d6. ^ a b c Berg. (1979-12-26). "Chomps". Variety. ^ Gross, Linda (1979-12-25). "Tail Wags the Dog in 'C.H.O.M.P.S.'". Los Angeles Times: 28. ^ a b Maltin, Leonard (1994). Leonard Maltin's 2009 Movie Guide. New York: Penguin Group. p. 243. ISBN 978-0-452-28978-9. ^ "Release dates for C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-02-07. ^ Ottoson, Robert (1985). American International Pictures: a filmography. Garland. p. 324. ISBN 0-8240-8976-6. ^ "C.H.O.M.P.S. : from the Hanna-Barbera/American International Productions' film : book". WorldCat. Retrieved 2010-02-07. ^ "C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-02-07.
Crume, Vic (1979). C.H.O.M.P.S.: from the Hanna-Barbera/American International Productions' film. Scholastic Book Services. ISBN 0-590-30528-X. The Hollywood Reporter, v.251 n.34, May 19, 1978, p. 19. The Hollywood Reporter, v.259 n.37, December 20, 1979, p. 3.
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AMEE C.H.O.M.P.S. Cyber Mastiffs D0g Dogbot Dynomutt GIR Goddard K9 Muffit II Poochi Preston Rags Rat Thing RIC Robutt Rover Runner Rush Treble Serendipity Dog Slamhounds The Mechanical Hound Toby Yatterking Yatterbull Yatteryokozuna
See also Digital pet Dog
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Films directed by Don Chaffey
Strange Stories (1953) Skid Kids (1953) Time Is My Enemy (1954) The Secret Tent (1956) The Girl in the Picture (1957) The Flesh Is Weak (1957) A Question of Adultery (1958) The Man Upstairs (1958) Danger Within (1959) Dentist in the Chair (1960) Lies My Father Told Me (1960) Nearly a Nasty Accident (1961) A Matter of WHO (1961) Greyfriars Bobby (1961) The Webster Boy (1962) Jason and the Argonauts (1963) The Three Lives of Thomasina (1963) A Jolly Bad Fellow (1964) The Crooked Road (1965) One Million Years B.C. (1966) The Viking Queen (1967) A Twist of Sand (1968) Clinic Exclusive (1971) Creatures the World Forgot (1971) Charley One-Eye (1973) Persecution (1974) Ride a Wild Pony (1975) The Fourth Wish (1976) Pete's Dragon (1977) The Magic of Lassie (1978) C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979)
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The films of Burt Topper
Hell Squad (1958) Tank Commandos (1959) Diary of a High School Bride (1959) War Is Hell (1963) The Strangler (1964) The Devil's 8 (1969) The Hard Ride (1971) Soul Hustler (1976)
As producer only
Space Probe Taurus (1965) Fireball 500 (1966) Thunder Alley (1967) Devil's Angels (1967) Wild in the Streets (1968) C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979)
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Theatrical feature films produced by or based upon works by Hanna-Barbera
Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! (1964) The Man Called Flintstone (1966) Charlotte's Web (1973) C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979) Heidi's Song (1982) GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords (1986) Rock Odyssey (1987) Jetsons: The Movie (1990) Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1992) Once Upon a Forest (1993) The Flintstones (1994) The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000) Scooby-Doo (2002) Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) Yogi Bear (2010) Top Cat: The Movie (2011) Top Cat Begins (2