Beethoven’s 2ND (1993): Sequel, Less Charming, of Dog’s Tale

The titular hero St. Bernard finds his big love in “Beethoven 2nd,” the less original and less charming sequel to the box-office hit, “Beethoven.”

Beethoven meets his soul mate Missy, another St. Bernard, in the park and the two fall for each other right away. But Missy is held captive by Regina (Debi Mazar, underused), a spiteful femme trying to leverage get easy ransom money from her wimpy former husband.

 

Fortunately for the dogs, their visit was long enough for Missy to have a litter of pups. At first, Regina decides to drown the pups, but she has a change of heart when she learns of their market value.

 

Later, the Newton children (Christopher Castile and Sara Rose Karr) rescue them, and the entire family heads off for a Montana resort with Beethoven and his pups.

 

Regina and her sleazy lover (Christopher Penn) go to the resort for the final showdown.

 

The movie appealed largely to very young kids and  hardcore dog lovers.

 

Oscar Nominations: 1

Song: The Day I Fall in Love,” music and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager, James Ingram, and Clif Magness

 

 

 

Oscar Awards: None

 

 

 

Oscar Context:

 

 

 

The winner of Best Song was Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia,” from Jonathan Demme’s AIDS drama, “Philadelphia.”

 

 

 

Credits

 

 

 

Rating: PG.

 

Running time: 89 Minutes.

 

Directed by Rod Daniel and Dan Goldberg.

 

Released: June 1, 1994.

 

DVD: July 21, 1998

 

Cast

 

Charles Grodin as George Newton

 

Bonnie Hunt as Alice Newton

 

Nicholle Tom as Ryce Newton

 

Christopher J. Castile as Ted Newton

 

Sarah Rose Karr (II) as Emily Newton

 

Debi Mazar as Regina

 

Christopher Penn as Floyd

 

Ashley Hamilton as Taylor

 

Jordan Bond as Newspaper Boy

 

Virginia Capers as Chemistry Teacher

 

Maury Chaykin as Cliff Klamath

 

Jeff Corey as Janitor