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Beethoven is a series of eight American films, created by John Hughes (credited as Edmond Dantès) and Amy Holden Jones, in which the plot revolves around a family attempting to control the antics of their pet Saint Bernard (named Beethoven). The first two films were theatrical releases and all subsequent releases have been direct to video. The original Beethoven hit theaters in April 1992. Its opening grossed $7,587,565. It was the year's 26th largest grossing film in the U.S. at $57,114,049.
|Created by||John Hughes|
Amy Holden Jones
|Original work||Beethoven (1992)|
|Films and television|
|Film(s)||List of Films|
|Animated series||Beethoven (1994)|
|Traditional||List of Games|
|Video game(s)||List of Games|
|Soundtrack(s)||List of Soundtracks|
|Original music||List of Soundtracks|
|Toy(s)||List of Merchandise|
In Beethoven, the Newton family finds and adopts a Saint Bernard. The family, with the exception of the father, George (Charles Grodin), becomes attached to the dog. Meanwhile, a sadistic veterinarian, Dr. Herman Varnick (Dean Jones) involved with animal experimentation is planning to kill Beethoven for his latest experiment, and George, after discovering his fondness for the dog, springs into action to rescue his pet. Beethoven was released on April 3, 1992.
Beethoven's 2nd (1993)Edit
In Beethoven's 2nd, Beethoven sires a litter of puppies, and the Newton family tries to save them from the greedy owner Regina (Debi Mazar), who alternately wishes to kill or sell the puppies. Beethoven's 2nd was released on December 17, 1993.
Beethoven's 3rd (2000)Edit
In Beethoven's 3rd, the dog is sent across the country in an RV to attend a family reunion. While George and his family are in Europe, Beethoven is riding with the relatives of the Newtons led by George's brother Richard (Judge Reinhold) as the family avoids criminals that are after a DVD copy of The Shakiest Gun in the West that has a computer code hidden in it. Beethoven's 3rd was released on July 25, 2000.
Beethoven's 4th (2001)Edit
In Beethoven's 4th, Beethoven accidentally gets his head stuck in the toilet, where he sent to doggy school convincing himself that Henry doesn't like him anymore. When he switches places with Michael, a Spanish dog who has mysterious manners, he gets taken to the pound. Beethoven escapes from the pound and meets Anthony, a self-running hamster, Oogie, a frog who had been abandoned for many months, denny, a runaway elephant from the zoo, and a lemur, ducky Jr who becomes friends as they break on an adventure in the City to return home. Beethoven's 4th was released on December 4, 2001.
Beethoven's 5th (2003)Edit
Sara takes Beethoven to visit her oddball uncle. The last installment of the original storyline. Beethoven's 5th was released on December 2, 2003.
Beethoven's Big Break (2008)Edit
The first installment of a new storyline. Beethoven becomes a movie star. Beethoven's Big Break was released on December 30, 2008.
Beethoven's Christmas Adventure (2011)Edit
This story is narrated by John Cleese, who tells of the story of Beethoven's Christmas adventure. At the North Pole, Santa is giving out jobs to over 200 new elves. One of the elves, Henry (Kyle Massey), is assigned the job of stable elf, where he must take care of the reindeer. Henry objects, claiming that the job as a stable elf is unclean, but Santa did not change his mind. Henry tried making a toy one night in order to prove Santa wrong but got zapped by his own creation and inadvertently fed the magic berries to the reindeer which in turn began to fly away with the sleigh, with Henry inside it. During the flight, he loses Santa's toy bag.
In Wood Haven, Minnesota, Mason Cooper (Munro Chambers) is unsuccessfully trying to sell hot chocolate. His mother Christine (Kim Rhodes) stops by and asks her son to watch Beethoven. Beethoven was going to star in the Christmas parade and Christine was assigned by her boss Mr. Rexford (John O'Hurley) to create a Hollywood-themed float for the parade. While Mason was babysitting him, Beethoven sees Santa's sleigh with Henry in it flying over the town and he follows the sleigh. He and Mason find Henry who evicted himself from the sleigh. Henry asks Mason for help in finding Santa's toy bag. At first Mason does not believe Henry is a real Christmas elf and that Santa was not real until he witnessed Henry communicating with Beethoven using a magic candy cane that when licked can give the human the ability to communicate with any animals.
Elsewhere, grumpy Sylvester Smirch (Robert Picardo), the owner of a toy store called Most Wanted Toys and his assistant Kenny (Curtis Armstrong) have been secretly stealing toys from other stores and overpricing them. While driving on the highway, Smirch comes across Santa's Toy Bag and only realizes what it is after pulling out several toys from it to see them increase to full size. Before leaving with the toy bag, Smirch is witnessed by a stray whose foot was stuck to an old mattress.
Back at the Cooper household, Henry lies to Mason by saying he is a Christmas elf, one that makes toys. Christine returns home and evicts Henry because she did not believe he was a real Christmas elf. Mason secretly lets Henry spend the night in the garage.
The next morning Henry and Beethoven leave to find the magic toy sack. Henry had a piece of fabric that ripped off of the bag which Beethoven used its scent to try to sniff out its location. Mason leaves shortly after to find Henry and Beethoven after discovering that they were gone.
Smirch and Kenny decide to advertise with the toy bag but during the commercial, they are interrupted by Henry and Beethoven. Smirch flees with the toy bag and is picked up by Kenny shortly after and thus, Henry fails to get a visual on Smirch. During the search for the toy bag, Beethoven is whisked away on a sleigh ride with Santa for the first time, and is wrapped in a present by the elves. Although he manages to escape, he badly injures his leg and is forced to limp.
Mason comes across the stray and frees his foot from the mattress. The stray follows Mason and they meet up with Henry and Beethoven. The stray then reveals to Henry that he got a good visual of Smirch. They return to the garage in the Cooper's house, and while sketching out a drawing of Smirch from the stray's description, Henry accidentally sets a model of Beethoven's parade float on fire. Mason is blamed for it by Christine who refuses to believe her son's words that Henry did it. Beethoven is healed by Santa who finds him laying in his toy bag that he lost and they set out to rescue Mason from his room. When they arrive in minnesota, they find the parade on fire and try to stop the fire by calling the firefighters. Beethoven accidentally Chomps the hose, causing the parade to go out of control and soak everyone and the elves.
Mason fails to recognize the sketch drawing of Smirch and Henry reveals to Mason about being a Stable Elf. He explains to Mason about wanting to make toys like his fellow elves but Mason reassures him, thinking that being a stable elf is better than making toys. That night Mason, Henry, Beethoven and Christine sneak to the North Pole and take one of the presents. However Beethoven is distracted by a TV ad and decides to go on his own.
Because Mason was forbidden to leave the house, Beethoven, and Christine entered the toy store alone during business hours and Henry tries to convince the patrons that the toys were from Santa's toy bag and that Smirch had stolen them. Smirch kicks Henry out of the store. Henry then distracts Smirch and Kenny by singing with a group of Christmas carolers while Beethoven and Christine steal the bag. They return home to tell Mason their idea only to recognize that he ran away to find Santa in the North Pole, heartbreaking Beethoven.
Beethoven then persuades Christine to lick the Dog Candy Cane and insists to her that Mason was telling the truth the whole time. Believing that this was happening, Christine catches up to Mason, explaining that she loves him and that she doesn't want him to feel the same way that she doesn't love her. They then Rush the North Pole and place the present back in the pile of presents before telling Henry their idea.
Mason, Beethoven, and Christine arrive at the store and discover that Smirch had kidnaped Henry after he had revealed to him that the elves made enough toys in the bag for one year. Smirch believes that Henry is a toy-making elf and kidnaps him to receive more income. Smirch stuffs Henry in the toy bag and he and Kenny flee on motorcycles to the park where the parade's floats are being worked on. Smirch crashes onto the Beethoven float and is trapped in a large plastic Christmas ornament, leading to his arrest for toy theft.
Mason then helps his mother get the promotion that she was working to achieve by adding a partnership with the ASPCA and invites the dogs from the shelter to ride with Beethoven in the parade. Late that evening, Henry thanks Mason for showing him that being a stable elf is something very special. Mason thanks Henry for helping him realize that believing in Santa is not a child thing. Using the power of the magic berries, Beethoven flies Henry back to the North Pole with the toy bag in a sleigh. Mason decides to keep the stray and names him Henry.
Santa makes his deliveries and gives Beethoven a ride home.
In a mid-credits scene, a boy (who appeared in a previous scene) has his skateboard stolen by other children.
Unlike the other films in the franchise, Beethoven has a speaking voice, which was provided by Tom Arnold.
Beethoven's Treasure Tail (2014)Edit
After getting fired from a film, Beethoven begins the long journey home with his trainer, Eddie. They become stranded in a small coastal town, where the beloved canine befriends a young boy who is searching for buried treasure. Beethoven's Treasure Tail was released on October 28, 2014.
Cast and crewEdit
|Characters||Original series||Reboot series||Animated series|
|Beethoven||Beethoven's 2nd||Beethoven's 3rd||Beethoven's 4th||Beethoven's 5th||Beethoven's Big Break||Beethoven's Christmas Adventure||Beethoven's Treasure Tail||Beethoven|
|Beethoven||Chris||Cujo||J.S. Barque||Cujo||Tom Arnold (voice)||Cujo||Joel Murray (voice)|
|Dee Bradley Baker (voice)|
|George Newton||Charles Grodin||Grant Elliott||Dean Jones|
|Alice Newton||Bonnie Hunt||Kath Soucie|
|Ryce Newton||Nicholle Tom||Nicholle Tom|
|Ted Newton||Christopher Castile||J.D. Daniels|
|Emily Newton||Sarah Rose Karr||Francesca Marie Smith|
|Sara Newton||Michaela Gallo||Daveigh Chase|
|Richard Newton||Judge Reinhold|
|Beth Newton||Julia Sweeney|
|Brennan Newton||Joe Pichler|
|Eddie Thornton "Lizard Guy"||Jonathan Silverman||Jonathan Silverman|
|Dr. Herman Varnick||Dean Jones|
|Brad Wilson||David Duchovny|
|Brie Wilson||Patricia Heaton|
|Devonia Peet||Laurel Cronin|
|Miss Grundel||Nancy Fish|
|Student #1||Joseph Gordon-Levitt|
|Ammo Gun Salesman||Richard Portnow|
|Taylor Devereaux||Ashley Hamilton|
|Cliff Klamath||Maury Chaykin|
|Scott Waara||Jeff Corey|
|Linda Anderson||Virginia Capers|
|Arthur Lewis||Pat Jankiewicz|
|"Bill" William||Jamie Marsh|
|Morrie Newton||Frank Gorshin|
|Kennel Employee||Holly Mitchell|
|Madison Sedgewick||Kaleigh Krish|
|Reginald Sedgewick||Matt McCoy|
|Martha Sedgewick||Veanne Cox|
|Jonathan "Johnnie" Simmons||Mark Lindsay Chapman|
|Nigel Bigalow||Nick Meaney|
|Hayley||Natalie Elizabeth Marston|
|Sergeant Rutledge||Art LaFleur|
|Mrs. Florence Rutledge||June Lu|
|Freddy Kablinski||Dave Thomas|
|Sheriff Julie Dempsey||Faith Ford|
|John Giles (né Selig)||Tom Poston|
|Cora Wilkens||Katherine Helmond|
|Vaughn Carter||Richard Riehle|
|Owen Tuttle||Clint Howard|
|Evie Kling||Kathy Griffin|
|Mayor Harold Herman||John Larroquette|
|Moe Selig||Rodman Flender|
|Rita Selig||Tina Illman|
|Phil Dobsonn||Joel Hurt Jones|
|Mrs. Dobsonn||Elizabeth Warner|
|Lisa Waters||Jennifer Finnigan|
|Billy Thornton||Moises Arias|
|Stanley Mitchell||Eddie Griffin|
|Patricia Benji||Rhea Perlman|
|Studio Executive||John Augello|
|Craft Service Person||Ali Eagle|
|Mr. Rexford||John O'Hurley|
|Catty Elf||Ryan Miller|
|Catty Elf's Friend||Shannon Jacques|
|Little Kid||Solmund MacPherson|
|Field Producer||Kristen Sawatzky|
|Keilbasa Vendor||Rick Skene|
|Stray Dog (voice)||John Kassir (voice)|
|Anne Parker||Kristy Swanson|
|Sam Parker||Bretton Manley|
The Fake Fritz Bruchschnauser
|Grace O'Malley||Jayne Eastwood|
|The Real Fritz Bruchschnauser||Udo Kier|
|Dr. Kelp||Colin Mochrie|
|Film Crew Member||Ian Tench|
|Assistant Director||Nikki Barnett|
|Norman the Magician||Brian Downey|
|Captain Patrick O'Malley||Tom Scott|
|Burly Crew Man||Jacob Sampson|
|Caesar the Great Dane||Bill Fagerbakke|
|Mr. Huggs||Brian George|
|Ginger the Collie||Tress MacNeille|
|Sparky the Jack Russel Terrier||Joe Pantoliano|
|Killer the Poodle||Hank Azaria|
|Blind Shep||Dan Castellaneta|
|Singing Donut||Jess Harnell|
- Note: A dark gray cell indicates the character does not appear in the film.
|Beethoven||Brian Levant||Joe Medjuck
Michael C. Gross
Amy Holden Jones
|Randy Edelman||Victor J. Kemper||William D. Gordean|
|Beethoven's 2nd||Rod Daniel||Len Blum||Bill Butler|
|Beethoven's 3rd||David Mickey Evans||David Bixler
|Jeff Schechter||Philip Giffin||John Aronson||Harry Keramidas|
|Beethoven's 4th||Kelli Konop||John Loy||C. Timothy O'Meara|
|Beethoven's 5th||Mark Griffiths||Mike Elliott||Cliff Ruby & Elana Lesser||Adam Berry||Christopher Baffa||John Gilbert|
|Beethoven's Big Break||Mike Elliott||Mike Elliott||Robert Folk
|Stephen F. Campbell||Roderick Davis|
|Beethoven's Christmas Adventure||John Putch||Jeff Freilich||Daniel Altiere & Steven Altiere||Chris Bacon||Ross Berryman||John Gilbert|
|Beethoven's Treasure Tail||Ron Oliver||Albert T. Dickerson III||Ron Oliver||Chris Hajian||C. Kim Miles||Heath Ryan|
Critical and public responseEdit
|Beethoven||31% (26 reviews)||A|
|Beethoven's 2nd||25% (12 reviews)||A|
|Beethoven's 3rd||0% (7 reviews)|
|Beethoven's 4th||0% (8 reviews)|
|Beethoven's Big Break||—|
|Beethoven's Christmas Adventure||—|
|Beethoven's Treasure Tail||—|
All films are available on DVD, both individually and as part of packs and collections of two or more films.
A line of toys was produced in conjunction with the first two films, and some toys are available on an ongoing basis.
In 1993, a side-scrolling video game was released called Beethoven: The Ultimate Canine Caper based on Beethoven's 2nd for Super NES, Game Boy and DOS.
In 1994, a version of Beethoven: The Ultimate Canine Caper, was developed for the Sega Genesis and Game Gear. Though completed, it was cancelled before release.
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