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"In canis corpore transmuto" - In the 1959 Disney movie The Shaggy Dog, Tommy Kirk starred as a young man named Wilby Daniels who inadvertently transformed himself into a shaggy dog when he read the magical Borgia spell "In Canis Corpore Transmuto." Translated from the Latin the phrase said: "Into a dog's body I change."

Walt Disney's The Shaggy Dog

The movie was based on the story "The Hound of Florence" written by Felix Salten about a magic ring that changed a small boy into a dog.

A number of sequel films rehashed this tale of a shape-shifting teen. They included: The Shaggy D.A. (1976) starring Dean Jones; the made-for-TV movie The Return of the Shaggy Dog (1987); the made-for-TV movie The Shaggy Dog (1994); and feature film remake The Shaggy Dog, (2006) with Tim Allen (of HOME IMPROVEMENT fame).


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