Film: Little Spies
A Disney Sunday Movie which aired in 1986. A group of kids- Jason, Clint, Clarence, Wendell, Kristi, and Jason's little sister Julie- take in a dog which was being chased by a rival gang of kids. The Water Street Gang were selling stolen dogs to The Puppy Town Kennel, which had its own nefarious purposes. The dog is later recaptured by the gang, so the kids concoct a Zany Scheme to get it back (with some help from a nerd named Melvin and later, a Grumpy Old Man known as 'The Hermit'). In the process of rescuing their dog, they uncover the Kennel Master's Evil Plan. Meanwhile, Jason deals with his own guilt over a Dark Secret from his past, involving the disappearance of his old dog, Norton; as well as dealing with his nervousness over Kristi's crush on him, and his own potential feelings for her.
This Movie Contains Examples Of:
- Big Bad: The Kennel Master
- Bumbling Sidekick: Bernie
- Camera Spoofing
- Chekhov's Gag: Wendell's costume is mocked, but it later comes in handy.
- Chekhov's Skill: Anything learned at the amusement park (see "training montage") will come in handy later.
- Cool Toy: Clarence's remote control model helicopter (which is also a Chekhov's Boomerang)
- Deadpan Snarker: Clarence
- Disney Death / Paw Twitching Revival
- A Friend in Need: The dog must be rescued, because it's a member of the club.
- Gang of Bullies: The Water Street Gang
- He Knows Too Much: Water Street Gang beat up Wendell when he witnesses them selling dogs to Bernie.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Julie is played by Candace Cameron, Clint is played by Jason Hervey, the Kennel Master is played by James Tolkan, Jimmie is played by Mickey Rooney.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Jimmie 'The Hermit' Turner
- Model Planning/Planning with Props
- The Smart Guy: Melvin
- Tagalong Kid: Julie
- Team Hand Stack
- Title Drop: One of the Water Street Gang approximates this at one point, but it's later done precisely by Jimmie the Hermit.
- Training Montage: one led by Kristi (to The Go-Go's' "We Got the Beat"), one led by Clint, and later one led by Jimmie (at an abandoned Amusement Park)
- What Is Evil?: The Kennel Master has a speech to this effect.