Beethoven's 2nd (1993)

PG | 86 mins | Comedy, Adventure | 17 December 1993

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HISTORY

       Nearly a year after the box-office success of Beethoven (1992, see entry), the 10 Feb 1993 DV announced that Rod Daniel signed a “pay or play” contract with Universal Pictures to direct a $15 million sequel. At this time, only Charles Grodin was confirmed to reprise his role, although Bonnie Hunt, Nicholle Tom, Christopher Castile, and Sarah Rose Karr also returned as the remaining members of the “Newton” family. In addition, production notes in AMPAS library files noted that the four-year-old St. Bernard named Beethoven reprised his role as the titular character. To contrast with his rough coat, a more “feminine,” smooth-coat variation of the breed was chosen for “Missy.” Over one hundred rough and smooth-coat puppies were used to depict the dogs’ offspring at varying ages. Due to the physical limitations of younger animals, seven-week-old puppies were used instead, and were frequently replaced before reaching eight-and-a-half weeks of age, at which point they grew beyond the size desired for the film. According to a review by the American Humane Society, the puppies were temporarily borrowed from their breeders for the production. Three different dogs played Missy, and although only one dog is credited as “Beethoven,” the review indicated that he was portrayed by two St. Bernards, a full mechanical dog, and a man in a St. Bernard suit. In addition, close-up shots of the dog’s facial expressions were created using an articulated head.
       Production notes stated that the character design for “Regina” was altered to match the “severe” clothing and makeup worn by actress Debi Mazar in her audition.
       Although the 16 Feb 1993 HR suggested that production was set to ... More Less

       Nearly a year after the box-office success of Beethoven (1992, see entry), the 10 Feb 1993 DV announced that Rod Daniel signed a “pay or play” contract with Universal Pictures to direct a $15 million sequel. At this time, only Charles Grodin was confirmed to reprise his role, although Bonnie Hunt, Nicholle Tom, Christopher Castile, and Sarah Rose Karr also returned as the remaining members of the “Newton” family. In addition, production notes in AMPAS library files noted that the four-year-old St. Bernard named Beethoven reprised his role as the titular character. To contrast with his rough coat, a more “feminine,” smooth-coat variation of the breed was chosen for “Missy.” Over one hundred rough and smooth-coat puppies were used to depict the dogs’ offspring at varying ages. Due to the physical limitations of younger animals, seven-week-old puppies were used instead, and were frequently replaced before reaching eight-and-a-half weeks of age, at which point they grew beyond the size desired for the film. According to a review by the American Humane Society, the puppies were temporarily borrowed from their breeders for the production. Three different dogs played Missy, and although only one dog is credited as “Beethoven,” the review indicated that he was portrayed by two St. Bernards, a full mechanical dog, and a man in a St. Bernard suit. In addition, close-up shots of the dog’s facial expressions were created using an articulated head.
       Production notes stated that the character design for “Regina” was altered to match the “severe” clothing and makeup worn by actress Debi Mazar in her audition.
       Although the 16 Feb 1993 HR suggested that production was set to begin in Apr 1993, 6 Apr 1993 HR production charts indicated that principal photography was rescheduled for 6 May 1993. 18 May 1993 HR charts confirmed that filming began a week later, on 13 May 1993. Production notes listed Pasadena, CA, as the initial location, before the project moved to Apgar Village in Glacier National Park, MT. Filmmakers considered at least four other states for the lakeside cabin scenes, but Apgar’s old-fashioned souvenir shops required minimal set decoration to be transformed into the fictional town of “Glen Haven.” After two weeks in MT, principal photography resumed on the Universal Studios lot and locations around Los Angeles, CA.
       The film marked the motion picture debut of actor Danny Masterson.
       As stated in the 15 Jun 1993 HR, filmmakers hoped to capitalize on Christmas 1993 seasonal retail sales by forming a licensing deal with ten to twelve merchandisers, which included Milk-Bone dog biscuits from Nabisco Foods Group, and $3-$5 million in toys from Kenner Products.
       A 10 Dec 1993 LAT advertisement announced a public appearance by Beethoven at the Glendale Galleria mall in Glendale, CA, on 11 Dec 1993, and the 13 Dec 1993 LAT stated that the dog also attended a holiday party hosted by the film’s executive producer, Ivan Reitman, benefitting Los Angeles’ Para Los Niños homeless children’s shelter. The 9 Dec 1993 LAT reported an upcoming 16 Dec 1993 screening, with proceeds going to Our Lady of Grace Catholic School in Encino, CA, where a memorial scholarship was established for a murdered eight-year-old girl named Nicole Parker.
       Beethoven’s 2nd received mixed reviews, but the film’s theme, “When I Fall In Love,” earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song.
      End credits give “Special thanks” to: “Montana Film Office; National Park Service – Glacier National Park; National Forest Service, Montana.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
10 Feb 1993.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Feb 1993.
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Hollywood Reporter
6 Apr 1993.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 May 1993.
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Hollywood Reporter
15 Jun 1993
p. 3, 102.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jul 1993
pp. 9-10.
Los Angeles Times
9 Dec 1993.
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Los Angeles Times
10 Dec 1993.
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Los Angeles Times
13 Dec 1993.
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Los Angeles Times
17 Dec 1993
Section F, p. 10.
New York Times
17 Dec 1993
p. 10.
Variety
27 Dec 1993
p. 51.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Ivan Reitman presents
a Rod Daniel film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
DGA trainee
DGA trainee
Dir, 2d unit
Dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITER
Wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Cam loader
Still photog
Aerial photog
Projection process coord by
Chief lighting tech
Asst chief lighting tech
Rigging gaffer
Elec
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Rigging grip
Company grip
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
2d asst cam, 2d unit
2d asst cam, 2d unit
Cam loader, 2d unit
Chief lighting tech, 2d unit
Chief lighting tech, 2d unit
Asst chief lighting tech, 2d unit
Asst chief lighting tech, 2d unit
Elec, 2d unit
Key grip, 2d unit
Key grip, 2d unit
Best boy grip, 2d unit
Best boy grip, 2d unit
Dolly grip, 2d unit
Dolly grip, 2d unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Asst art dir
Prod illustrator
Art dept PA
FILM EDITORS
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Const coord
Leadman
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Drapery foreman
Prop master
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
Gen foreman
Prop maker foreman
Labor foreman
Labor foreman
Labor foreman
Paint foreman
Standby painter
Greensman
Prop master, 2d unit
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Costumer
Costumer
Ward, 2d unit
MUSIC
Mus ed
Asst mus ed
Mus scoring mixer
Mus contractor
Mus preparation
Asst to Randy Edelman
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Cableman
Video playback
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Rec
Foley mixer
Foley artist
Foley artist
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd asst
Sd asst
Sd asst
Sd asst
ADR supv
Video playback, 2d unit
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Addl eff
Addl eff
Addl eff
Mechanical eff supv by
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Titles and opticals
Visual eff supv, Buena Vista Visual Effects
Visual eff prod, Buena Vista Visual Effects
Digital supv, Buena Vista Visual Effects
Stage and plate cam, Buena Vista Visual Effects
Stage and plate cam, Buena Vista Visual Effects
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
Hairstylist, 2d unit
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
[Beethoven] owned and trained by
Beethoven's trainer
Beethoven's trainer
Missy and puppies trained by
Missy and puppies trained by
Addl animal trainer
Addl animal trainer
Addl animal trainer
Addl animal trainer
Addl animal trainer
Addl animal trainer
Addl animal trainer
Addl animal trainer
Scr supv
Casting assoc
Casting assoc
Dial coach
Studio teacher
Asst loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Unit pub
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Key set PA
Loc dept PA
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Extras casting-Los Angeles
Extras casting-Montana
Craft service
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst to Mr. Reitman
Asst to Mr. Medjuck
Asst to Mr. Gross
Asst to Mr. Daniel
Asst to Mr. Grodin
Scr supv, 2d unit
Transportation coord, 2d unit
Transportation coord, 2d unit
Craft service, 2d unit
Craft service, 2d unit
Prod asst, 2d unit
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Edmond Dantes and Amy Holden Jones
SONGS
"The Day I Fall In Love," written by Carole Bayer Sager, James Ingram and Clif Magness, performed by Dolly Parton and James Ingram, produced by David Foster, Dolly Parton appears courtesy of Columbia, James Ingram appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
"Chains," written by John Stevens and Karl Stephenson, performed by His Boy Elroy, courtesy of Epic/Immortal Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
"Jimmy Olsen's Blues," written and performed by Spin Doctors, courtesy of Epic/Associates Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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SONGS
"The Day I Fall In Love," written by Carole Bayer Sager, James Ingram and Clif Magness, performed by Dolly Parton and James Ingram, produced by David Foster, Dolly Parton appears courtesy of Columbia, James Ingram appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
"Chains," written by John Stevens and Karl Stephenson, performed by His Boy Elroy, courtesy of Epic/Immortal Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
"Jimmy Olsen's Blues," written and performed by Spin Doctors, courtesy of Epic/Associates Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
"Do You Love Me," written by Berry Gordy, performed by The Contours, courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P. by arrangement with PolyGram Special Markets
"Roll Over Beethoven," written by Chuck Berry, performed by Paul Shaffer, featuring Will Lee, Sid McGinnis and Anton Fig, produced by Paul Shaffer.
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DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
17 December 1993
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 17 December 1993
Production Date:
began 13 May 1993 in Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA, and Montana
Copyright Claimant:
Universal City Studios, Inc.
Copyright Date:
4 February 1994
Copyright Number:
PA682442
Physical Properties:
Sound
DTS in selected theatres; Dolby Stereo® in selected theatres
Color
Lenses
Filmed with Panavision® Cameras & Lenses
Prints
Eastman Color Film
Duration(in mins):
86
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
32782
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In their suburban California home, George and Alice Newton frantically prepare their three children for school as the family St. Bernard dog, Beethoven, scours the house for food. While George, an air freshener entrepreneur, rehearses his pitch for a crucial business meeting, eldest daughter Ryce accepts a ride to school from her crush, Taylor Devereaux. Once the remaining Newtons leave for the day, Beethoven sneaks out the dog door and wanders the local park, where he encounters a female St. Bernard named Missy. As her doting owner, Brillo, treats the two dogs to ice cream cones, Brillo’s malicious former wife, Regina, takes possession of Missy until he agrees to her hefty alimony demands. Tearing off Missy’s pink bow, Regina returns to her luxurious condominium and locks Missy on the balcony. Beethoven follows and helps Missy jump over the ledge to accompany him on a “date,” during which they explore the town and watch a film at the drive-in movie theater. Over the next few months, young Ted and Emily Newton realize that Beethoven has been sneaking out of the house, and follow him into the basement storage room of Regina’s building, where the dogs are cuddled with four newborn puppies. Upstairs, Regina berates her dim-witted boyfriend, Floyd, for Missy’s recent disappearance until the janitor informs them of the dog’s location. Although Regina initially plans to kill the offspring, the janitor points out their purebred pedigree and suggests she sell them instead. Afraid for the puppies’ lives, Ted and Emily pack them into a covered box and sneak past Regina, who later discovers their deception and vows to get the puppies back. Back at home, Emily distracts her father while ... +


In their suburban California home, George and Alice Newton frantically prepare their three children for school as the family St. Bernard dog, Beethoven, scours the house for food. While George, an air freshener entrepreneur, rehearses his pitch for a crucial business meeting, eldest daughter Ryce accepts a ride to school from her crush, Taylor Devereaux. Once the remaining Newtons leave for the day, Beethoven sneaks out the dog door and wanders the local park, where he encounters a female St. Bernard named Missy. As her doting owner, Brillo, treats the two dogs to ice cream cones, Brillo’s malicious former wife, Regina, takes possession of Missy until he agrees to her hefty alimony demands. Tearing off Missy’s pink bow, Regina returns to her luxurious condominium and locks Missy on the balcony. Beethoven follows and helps Missy jump over the ledge to accompany him on a “date,” during which they explore the town and watch a film at the drive-in movie theater. Over the next few months, young Ted and Emily Newton realize that Beethoven has been sneaking out of the house, and follow him into the basement storage room of Regina’s building, where the dogs are cuddled with four newborn puppies. Upstairs, Regina berates her dim-witted boyfriend, Floyd, for Missy’s recent disappearance until the janitor informs them of the dog’s location. Although Regina initially plans to kill the offspring, the janitor points out their purebred pedigree and suggests she sell them instead. Afraid for the puppies’ lives, Ted and Emily pack them into a covered box and sneak past Regina, who later discovers their deception and vows to get the puppies back. Back at home, Emily distracts her father while Ted builds a dog pen in the basement and shares the secret with Ryce. When the puppies refuse to drink milk, the veterinarian instructs the Newton siblings to feed them a nutritional substitute multiple times a day, which requires them to sneak out of school. Despite sharing responsibility, the effort of hiding the puppies exhausts the children, and Ryce is eventually forced to reveal them to her mother when Alice learns she has been skipping class. She agrees to keep them secret from the increasingly stressed and overworked George, who later informs the family that a friend has offered them free use of his lakeside cabin in the mountains for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. However, his announcement is interrupted by yelping noises from the basement, and, upon discovering the four additional St. Bernards, he angrily insists they cannot afford to keep them. With persuasion from Ryce, he reluctantly agrees to keep them until they have matured, and the children assign them names: Dolly, Tchaikovsky, Chubby, and Mo. Over the next few weeks, the dogs test George’s patience by making a mess of the house and getting into life-threatening situations. Come summer, the Newtons embark on their vacation at the cabin. One night, George tells Ryce about his and Alice’s long-distance relationship during college, prompting Beethoven to lament his separation from Missy, unaware that she, Regina, and Floyd are vacationing in the same small town. Eager to find Taylor, Ryce is disappointed to see him frolicking with other girls in the lake, and quickly develops a crush on the punkish dock boy named Seth. While she walks Beethoven one night, Taylor invites her to a noisy house party, where he locks them inside the upstairs bedroom and attempts to seduce her. Beethoven, tied to a support beam, breaks free from his leash and causes the backside of the house to collapse, sending Taylor and many of the other guests flying into the lake. At the county fair, Ted uses Beethoven to save a girl from a bully, and enters George and the dog in a hamburger-eating contest. Motivated by taunts from the crowd, they win the competition, but afterward, Beethoven strays from the family to help Missy escape from Regina’s car. Spotting the puppies across the fairground, Regina and Floyd seize them from Ted and Emily and instruct them to find their missing parents in the forest, as the Newtons follow behind. When Floyd threatens to drop one of the puppies in the river, Beethoven knocks him and Regina over the cliff and into a pool of mud below, which flushes them down the rapids. Five months later, Ryce goes on a date with Seth, and Brillo visits to announce that the divorce judge has dismissed Regina’s claim and granted him full custody of Missy. Joined by Beethoven, the now nearly-grown puppies cause the house to quake as they clamber down the stairs to see their mother. +

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