In elementary school, I didn’t have the opportunity to see nearly as many movies as I would’ve liked. Fortunately, the Scholastic Book Corporation came to the rescue, with movie novelizations geared toward kids. So, while I never got to see C.H.O.M.P.S. in the theater, I did get to read all about this robotic dog’s exploits. I loved that book, reading it time and again.
The book and film are about a Canine Home Protection System (C.H.O.M.P.S.) and were designed to have broad appeal to kids, whether they liked cute dogs, robots, or slapstick humor. The movie is one of the rare live action pieces by Hanna-Barbera. It features some high pedigree (sorry, couldn’t resist) actors such as Valerie Bertinelli, Conrad Bain, Red Buttons, and Jim Backus.
If you’re curious, C.H.O.M.P.S. is now streaming on Netflix and on Amazon Prime. And, thanks to that, I was finally able to see the movie that I’d so often read about. Now, maybe time has made me more critical, but I’ve gotta say – I liked the book better.