History Film / Beethoven

24th Apr '16 8:08:54 AM kalel32688
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A series of films about a St. Bernard named after LudwigVanBeethoven. Unlike in its [[WesternAnimation/BeethovenTheAnimatedSeries animated spin-off]], Beethoven could not speak, although he still had AmplifiedAnimalAptitude. In keeping with the theme of the composer, the sequels were named ''Beethoven's 2nd'', ''Beethoven's 3rd'', etc. It was originally executive produced by Ivan Reitman, who had previously produced and/or directed such films as ''Film/{{Meatballs}}'', ''Film/{{Stripes}}'', ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', ''Film/{{Twins}}'', ''Film/KindergartenCop'', ''Film/{{Dave}}'', ''Film/{{Junior}}'', and ''Film/SixDaysSevenNights''. It was also originally co-written by Creator/JohnHughes, writing under the pseudonym "[[Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo Edmond Dantes]]."

The original film, released in 1992, focused on Beethoven's adoption by the Newton family -- curmudgeon father George (Charles Grodin), earnest wife Alice (Bonnie Hunt), CoolBigSis[=/=]BrattyTeenageDaughter Ryce (Nicholle Tom of ''Series/TheNanny'' fame), geeky son Ted (Christopher Castile of ''StepByStep'' fame) and CheerfulChild Emily (Sarah Rose Karr of ''Film/KindergartenCop'' fame). Unbeknowst to them, however, Beethoven is an escaped would-be test animal for a lab run by Dr. Varnick (Dean Jones, who would later voice George Newton in the animated series - Nicholle Tom was the only other cast member to return for the series, providing Ryce's voice), a veterinarian who sounds like Satan and is stealing his customers' dogs for use in unethical experiments.

Reportedly, the American Veterinary Association wasn't happy about the film featuring an evil veterinarian who uses dogs as ballistic test dummies, and wrote a scathing letter to Jack Valenti (then-president of the Motion Picture Association of America). Probably as a result, the sequel has a 'safe' villain in the form of Regina, a [[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians Cruella de Vil]]-esque RichBitch played by Debi Mazar. ''Beethoven's 2nd'' was the last film to feature the original cast and the last to be released theatrically. It was also the last film to involve Reitman as executive producer.

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A series of films about a St. Bernard named after LudwigVanBeethoven.Music/LudwigVanBeethoven. Unlike in its [[WesternAnimation/BeethovenTheAnimatedSeries animated spin-off]], Beethoven could not speak, although he still had AmplifiedAnimalAptitude. In keeping with the theme of the composer, the sequels were named ''Beethoven's 2nd'', ''Beethoven's 3rd'', etc. It was originally executive produced executive-produced by Ivan Reitman, who had previously produced and/or directed such films as ''Film/{{Meatballs}}'', ''Film/{{Stripes}}'', ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', ''Film/{{Twins}}'', ''Film/KindergartenCop'', ''Film/{{Dave}}'', ''Film/{{Junior}}'', and ''Film/SixDaysSevenNights''. It was also originally co-written by Creator/JohnHughes, writing under the pseudonym "[[Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo Edmond Dantes]]."

The original film, released in 1992, focused on Beethoven's adoption by the Newton family -- family: curmudgeon father George (Charles Grodin), earnest wife Alice (Bonnie Hunt), CoolBigSis[=/=]BrattyTeenageDaughter Ryce (Nicholle Tom of ''Series/TheNanny'' fame), geeky son Ted (Christopher Castile of ''StepByStep'' fame) fame), and CheerfulChild Emily (Sarah Rose Karr of ''Film/KindergartenCop'' fame). Unbeknowst Unbeknownst to them, however, Beethoven is an escaped would-be test animal for a lab run by Dr. Herman Varnick (Dean Jones, who would later voice George Newton in the animated series - series; Nicholle Tom was the only other cast member to return for the series, providing Ryce's voice), a veterinarian who sounds like Satan {{Satan}} and is stealing his customers' dogs for use in unethical experiments.

experiments.

Reportedly, the American Veterinary Association wasn't happy about the film featuring an evil veterinarian who uses dogs as ballistic test dummies, and wrote a scathing letter to Jack Valenti (then-president Valenti, then-president of the Motion Picture Association of America).America. Probably as a result, the sequel has a 'safe' villain in the form of Regina, a [[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians Cruella de Vil]]-esque RichBitch played by Debi Mazar. ''Beethoven's 2nd'' was the last film to feature the original cast and the last to be released theatrically. It was also the last film to involve Reitman as executive producer.



* AwardBaitSong: The second movie has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-odILRnHpb0 The Day I Fall In Love]] by James Ingram and DollyParton
* BedmateReveal: Beethoven keeps climbing into bed with George.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Beethoven gives bacon to the stray dog who helped him escape from the pound as a puppy.
* BigDamnHeroes
* BigEater: Beethoven.
* BigFriendlyDog: The titular character.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Dr. Varnick.
* BrickJoke: At the beginning of the first movie, a biker woman comes into the pet shop saying she has a big junkyard and needs a big junkyard dog. She rejects the St. Bernard puppy after he pees on her and exclaims, "You got any pit bulls?" Much later in the film, when Dr. Varnick's goons flee the dogs, they take cover in a big junkyard, occupied by four big '''dobermans'''.

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* AwardBaitSong: The second movie has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-odILRnHpb0 The "The Day I Fall In Love]] Love"]] by James Ingram and DollyParton
Music/DollyParton.
* BedmateReveal: Beethoven keeps climbing into bed with George.
George. George is certainly NOT amused in the first film.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Beethoven gives bacon to the stray dog who helped him escape from the pound as a puppy.
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puppy.
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BigDamnHeroes
* %%* BigEater: Beethoven.
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Beethoven
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BigFriendlyDog: The titular character.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Dr. Varnick.
Varnick acts nice to people, but deep down, he's a son of a bitch of the highest order.
* BrickJoke: At the beginning of the first movie, a biker woman comes into the pet shop shop, saying she has a big junkyard and needs a big junkyard dog. She rejects the St. Bernard puppy after he pees on her and exclaims, exclaims "You got any pit bulls?" Much later in the film, when Dr. [[spoiler:Dr. Varnick's goons flee the dogs, they take cover in a big junkyard, occupied by four big '''dobermans'''.'''dobermans''']].



* CruellaToAnimals: Dr Varnick uses poor innocent dogs for his deadly animal experimentation, ''and'' he wants to test a new type of bullets on Beethoven, something he expresses with perverse pleasure. Played straighter with Regina in the second movie. She initially wants to get rid of Beethoven's puppies by any means necessary, and only decides not to drown them when she finds out that they're purebred and worth a bunch of money.

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* CruellaToAnimals: Dr Dr. Varnick uses poor poor, innocent dogs for his deadly animal experimentation, experiments ''and'' he wants to test a new type of bullets on Beethoven, something he expresses with perverse pleasure. pleasure.
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Played straighter with Regina in the second movie. She initially wants to get rid of Beethoven's puppies by any means necessary, and only decides not to drown them when she finds out that they're purebred and worth a bunch of money.



* DogsAreDumb: Played with, it's intentionally left vague just how smart Beethoven is and he does things that are both astoundingly brilliant and incredibly dumb, sometimes simultaneously.
* EatingContest: In the second movie.
* EvenTheDogIsAshamed: In the first movie, when George goes to the vet to [[spoiler: have Beethoven put down]] you see three dogs with their owners in the waiting room as he exits. All three of said dogs look away from George and/or whimper at him.

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* DogsAreDumb: Played with, it's with. It's intentionally left vague just how smart Beethoven is and he does things that are both astoundingly brilliant and incredibly dumb, sometimes simultaneously.
* EatingContest: In George and Beethoven participate in one in the second movie.
* EvenTheDogIsAshamed: In the first movie, when George goes to the vet to [[spoiler: have [[spoiler:have Beethoven put down]] down]], you see three dogs with their owners in the waiting room as he exits. All three of said dogs look away from George and/or whimper at him.



* EvilDetectingDog

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* FirstPetStory
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Dr. Varnick.
* FreshClue: In ''Beethoven's 2nd'', as the family is tracking their pet dogs, they happen to find some dog poo that likely belongs to one of the dogs. To find out when they left it there, the daughter sticks a finger in it to feel if it's still warm. It is.
* FreudianExcuse: George's reason for his hostility towards Beethoven.
** While driving Beethoven to be put down, George tells him how he hated his own dad for taking his dog away.

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* %%* FirstPetStory
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Dr. Varnick.
Varnick wears a pair of glasses, and is a very bad guy.
* FreshClue: In ''Beethoven's 2nd'', as the family is Newtons are tracking their pet dogs, they happen to find some dog poo that likely belongs to one of the dogs. To find out when they left it there, the daughter Ryce sticks a finger in it to feel if it's still warm. It is.
* FreudianExcuse: George's reason for his hostility towards Beethoven.
** While
Beethoven. [[spoiler:While driving Beethoven to be put down, George tells him how he hated his own dad for taking his dog away.]]



* HeroicDog: Beethoven saves Emily from drowning, Ryce from being raped, the family from being swindled and performs tons of other feats of heroism.
* HiddenDepths: George, after seemingly finding every reason to dislike Beethoven throughout most of the first movie, reveals that he is still bitter because of his father taking his old family dog to the vet to be euthanized, and regrets that he thought he had to do the same to Beethoven (and having the same resentment from his own kids). Thankfully, as soon as he realizes that Dr. Varnick is corrupt, he does everything possible to save Beethoven.

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* HeroicDog: Beethoven saves Emily from drowning, Ryce from being raped, the family from being swindled swindled, and performs tons of other feats of heroism.
* HiddenDepths: George, after seemingly finding every reason to dislike Beethoven throughout most of the first movie, reveals that he [[spoiler:he is still bitter because of his father taking his old family dog to the vet to be euthanized, and regrets that he thought he had to do the same to Beethoven (and having the same resentment from his own kids). Thankfully, as soon as he realizes that Dr. Varnick is corrupt, he does everything possible to save Beethoven.Beethoven]].



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: George
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Dean Jones as Dr. Varnick in the first movie and Debi Mazar as Regina in the second one (she's known to be a great dog lover).
* {{Mooks}}: The two characters played by Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt.

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* %%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: George
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Dean Jones as Dr. Varnick in the first movie and Debi Mazar as Regina in the second one (she's known to be a great dog lover).
lover).
* {{Mooks}}: The two characters played by Stanley Tucci Creator/StanleyTucci and Oliver Platt.



* OhCrap: The two mooks from the first movie upon realizing that they just tried to take shelter in a junkyard... one patrolled by some ''very vicious Doberman dogs''.

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* OhCrap: The two mooks {{mooks}} from the first movie upon realizing that they [[spoiler:they just tried to take shelter in a junkyard... junkyard...one patrolled by some ''very vicious Doberman dogs''.Dobermans'']].



* SuddenlyVoiced: In ''Beethoven's Christmas Adventure'' (the seventh movie), Beethoven can now speak (with the voice of Creator/TomArnold).

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* SuddenlyVoiced: In ''Beethoven's Christmas Adventure'' (the seventh movie), Beethoven can now speak (with the voice of Creator/TomArnold).Tom Arnold).



** Even better is that, after he's been desperately trying to tell her in a way that's both pretty honest and as non-sexual as he can muster, she finally ends it with, "You don't really understand this, do you dad?" and walks away.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: George really lays one on Beethoven in the first film, failing to comprehend why his family likes a sniffing and drooling creature better than him. Maybe if he paid more attention to them than his career obsession to raise more capital, hence his oblivion to Brad and Brie's plans to eventually take over his business, it wouldn't seem that way so much.

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** Even better is that, after he's been desperately trying to tell her in a way that's both pretty honest and as non-sexual as he can muster, she finally ends it with, "You don't really understand this, do you dad?" you, Dad?" and walks away.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: George really lays one on Beethoven in the first film, failing to comprehend why his family likes a sniffing and drooling creature better than him. Maybe if he paid more attention to them than his career obsession to raise more capital, hence his oblivion obliviousness to Brad and Brie's plans to eventually take over his business, it wouldn't seem that way so much.



* TooDumbToLive: Dr Varnick's dim-witted thieves in the first film, and Floyd in ''Beethoven's 2nd''.
* WhatTheHellHero: George's wife calls him out for caring more about about his dream than his own family. And his kids were mad at him for taking Beethoven to be put to sleep since they know he hated him from the start.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Dr. Varnick pulls this on Beethoven by pouring fake blood on his arm to make it look like Beethoven attacked him so he'll have an excuse to have him euthanized with the threat to press charges otherwise. Thankfully, it backfires against him later since Emily saw the whole thing and when George goes to confront him his arm isn't covered in a cast or stitches.
* YouExclamation: George shouts this at Beethoven in the first movie, after coming home on a rainy day to find his house completely trashed and the mud-soaked dog lying on his and Alice's bed. Beethoven stands and shake himself dry, much to George's further disgust.

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* TooDumbToLive: Dr Varnick's dim-witted thieves in the first film, and film.
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Floyd in ''Beethoven's 2nd''.
* WhatTheHellHero: George's wife Alice calls him out for caring more about about his dream than his own family. And his kids were mad at him for taking Beethoven to be put to sleep since they know he hated him from the start.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Dr. Varnick pulls this on Beethoven by pouring fake blood on his arm to make it look like Beethoven attacked him so he'll have an excuse to have him euthanized with the threat to press charges otherwise. Thankfully, it backfires against him later since Emily saw the whole thing and when George goes to confront him him, his arm isn't covered in a cast or stitches.
* YouExclamation: George shouts this at Beethoven in the first movie, movie after coming home on a rainy day to find his house completely trashed and the mud-soaked dog lying on his and Alice's bed. Beethoven stands and shake himself dry, much to George's further disgust.
12th Apr '16 10:47:29 PM sparkles38
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* NegativeContinuity: At the end of ''Beethoven'', George adopts all the test dogs at the end. This is ignored in the sequel.
5th Apr '16 6:32:33 PM sparkles38
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BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Beethoven gives bacon to the stray dog who helped him escape from the pound as a puppy.

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* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Beethoven gives bacon to the stray dog who helped him escape from the pound as a puppy.
5th Apr '16 6:31:55 PM sparkles38
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BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Beethoven gives bacon to the stray dog who helped him escape from the pound as a puppy.


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* BigEater: Beethoven.
28th Feb '16 4:55:50 PM SirVancelot131
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* WoundedGazelleGambit: Dr. Varnick pulls this on Beethoven by pouring fake blood on his arm to make it look like Beethoven attacked him so he'll have an excuse to have him euthanized with the threat to press charges otherwise. Thankfully, it backfires against him later.

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* WoundedGazelleGambit: Dr. Varnick pulls this on Beethoven by pouring fake blood on his arm to make it look like Beethoven attacked him so he'll have an excuse to have him euthanized with the threat to press charges otherwise. Thankfully, it backfires against him later.later since Emily saw the whole thing and when George goes to confront him his arm isn't covered in a cast or stitches.
28th Feb '16 4:52:14 PM SirVancelot131
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* CassandraTruth: From a window, little Emily sees Dr. Varnick hit Beethoven in order to provoke the dog to lunge forward. Varnick then pulls the WoundedGazelleGambit detailed below. Because of Emily's age, the adults initially don't believe her, but when Alice sees that Emily sticks to the story no matter what, she convinces George to investigate the situation.

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* CassandraTruth: From a window, little Emily sees Dr. Varnick hit Beethoven in order to provoke the dog to lunge forward. Varnick then pulls the WoundedGazelleGambit detailed below. Because of Emily's age, the adults initially don't believe her, but when Alice sees that Emily sticks to the story no matter what, what on top of having never accusing an adult of lying before, she convinces George to investigate the situation.
18th Dec '15 12:16:16 AM jormis29
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* UniversalDog: Beethoven was in multiple movies with multiple different families, so it hints that he may be able to access multiple existences.
17th Dec '15 7:45:05 AM Apostle_of_Nagisa
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* UniversalDog: Beethoven was in multiple movies with multiple different families, so it hints that he may be able to access multiple existences.
30th Oct '15 2:05:54 PM EnglishGuruLady
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* CassandraTruth: From a window, little Emily sees Dr. Varnick hit Beethoven in order to provoke the dog to lunge forward. Varnick then pulls the WoundedGazelleGambit detailed below. Because of Emily's age, the adults initially don't believe her, but when Alice sees that Emily sticks to the story no matter what, she convinces George to investigate the situation.
4th Sep '15 5:21:02 PM nombretomado
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The original film, released in 1992, focused on Beethoven's adoption by the Newton family -- curmudgeon father George (Charles Grodin), earnest wife Alice (Bonnie Hunt), CoolBigSis[=/=]BrattyTeenageDaughter Ryce (Nicholle Tom of ''TheNanny'' fame), geeky son Ted (Christopher Castile of ''StepByStep'' fame) and CheerfulChild Emily (Sarah Rose Karr of ''Film/KindergartenCop'' fame). Unbeknowst to them, however, Beethoven is an escaped would-be test animal for a lab run by Dr. Varnick (Dean Jones, who would later voice George Newton in the animated series - Nicholle Tom was the only other cast member to return for the series, providing Ryce's voice), a veterinarian who sounds like Satan and is stealing his customers' dogs for use in unethical experiments.

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The original film, released in 1992, focused on Beethoven's adoption by the Newton family -- curmudgeon father George (Charles Grodin), earnest wife Alice (Bonnie Hunt), CoolBigSis[=/=]BrattyTeenageDaughter Ryce (Nicholle Tom of ''TheNanny'' ''Series/TheNanny'' fame), geeky son Ted (Christopher Castile of ''StepByStep'' fame) and CheerfulChild Emily (Sarah Rose Karr of ''Film/KindergartenCop'' fame). Unbeknowst to them, however, Beethoven is an escaped would-be test animal for a lab run by Dr. Varnick (Dean Jones, who would later voice George Newton in the animated series - Nicholle Tom was the only other cast member to return for the series, providing Ryce's voice), a veterinarian who sounds like Satan and is stealing his customers' dogs for use in unethical experiments.
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