This sub-Disney clone is an improbable co-production between Hanna-Barbera, creators of Yogi Bear and The Flintstones, and Roger Cormans old home stables American International Pictures. At the time it was made, C.H.O.M.P.S. was conceived as a big screen breakout vehicle for Valerie Bertinelli, then the teenage star of tvs hit sitcom One Day at a Time (1975-84).
The exercise sure dredges a particular barrel. When you have a dog dubbed over with a dull, disinterested voice and coming out with lines like hand over that bone, turkey, you know you are in for a bum film. The dreary photography, the disco Muzak soundtrack and the bumbling performances drag the film out excruciatingly. Being a kids film, nobody can ever get hurt so it is filled with bizarre opportunities for people to break falls by landing in dust bins, pools and bins of flour. It may possibly be a hidden message reflecting the crime statistics of our times, or methinks a plot device, but the story does seem to require an inordinate number of robberies to happen throughout.
Don Chaffey was a director who made a handful of films during the Anglo-horror cycle, including several for Hammers exotica cycle with One Million Years B.C. (1966), The Viking Queen (1967) and Creatures the World Forgot (1971). Elsewhere, Chaffey directed Ray Harryhausens Jason and the Argonauts (1963) and the psycho-thriller Persecution/The Terror of Sheba (1974). In the 1970s, he moved over to work in US television and also made Disneys Petes Dragon (1977).
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