Remember Rin TIn Tin? He was like a smart famous dog who was in movies. Remember the year 1976 when Hollywood Comedies started being a tad bit satirical? Well think back to those two things and you have Won Ton Ton The Dog Who Saved Hollywood.
Won Ton Ton stars the always beautiful (In my opinion) and hilarious Madeline Kahn. She plays an aspiring actress by the name of Estie DelRuth, who when we first meet her is dragging a tablecloth behind her causing a giant reaction of chaos. While this is happening we are introduced to the star of the movie, sort of, Won Ton Ton. He's very intelligent and manages to not only escape the dog pound, but lock the guards there up in a cage as well.
He bumps into Estie and the two become friends. The two eventually meet up with a small time director named Grayson Potchuck played by a very young Bruce Dern, who sadly still looks old. Anyway they are all discovered, well mostly the dog by Art Carney, playing a Hollywood big shot named JJ Fromberg. As you can see this has a very impressive cast to say the least.
Long story short the dog and Estie become major stars, but like ever thing, all fads come to an end, and after a few bombs they are all fired from the studio.
Is this movie funny? Yes and no. I mean it was made in 1976 and is basically a giant inside joke on the Hollywood film industry, so yes, as the jokes do succeed I found it funny. But, lets remember I was alive in 1976 so I get the vast majority of the jokes. Sure some are dated but still funny.
Would a younger film fan enjoy this? Maybe. The jokes will be dated but its still a fun little film, that is appropriate for all ages.
Olive Films has acquired the rights, and have made this available on Blu-ray, which, like all of their releases looks fantastic. I watched it with my wife and young son the other day and we all had a good time. So I would recommend you pick this up for a nice change of pace as far as good family films go.
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars