C.H.O.M.P.S. is a 1979 American comic science fiction family film
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
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 who he constantly argues with. Norton's daughter Casey
Valerie Bertinelli ) and Foster develop a relationship. A rival
company wants the dog and sends a few petty criminals to dognap
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
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
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.
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
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times wrote, "The premise is engaging
enough to entertain dog lovers and kids for awhile , 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 .
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
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer , the successor-in-interest to AIP)
released C.H.O.M.P.S in DVD format on April 12, 2005.
* ^ 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,
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) 04 May 1978: d6.
* ^ A B C Berg. (1979-12-26). "Chomps". Variety .
* ^ Gross, Linda (1979-12-25). "Tail Wags the
Los Angeles Times
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.
* ^ "
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
The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter , v.251 n.34, May 19, 1978, p. 19.
* The Hollywood Reporter, v.259 n.37, December 20, 1979, p.