Disney’s latest classic 80s film reboot is “Turner & Hooch”, which is heading to Disney+ as part of a 12 part series, which stars Josh Peck as Scott Turner, son of Detective Scott Turner portrayed by Tom Hanks in the 1989 film of the same name.
In the first episode, we get lots of throwbacks to the original film, both in terms of references to Tom Hank’s character and also in the overall feel of the episode. Much like with the original film, Scott’s a neat freak, who’s apartment is spotless, and everything has its exact space. If you’ve seen the original film, you can see what’s going to happen from a mile off, but it’s still rather satisfying to see how much the new Hooch completely destroys Scott’s apartment.
I loved the original film and always found the French Mastiff to be such a lovely dog. As I write this, I have an 11 month British Bulldog sat on one side of me and an 8-week old puppy on my side. I’ve been up all day and night, dealing with the wreckage of two puppies causing mayhem, with slobber, food, pee, sick and more all over the place. So this did greatly help in my connection with Scott in this first episode, and I was legibly laughing out loud during a few scenes. If you’re a dog person, I think this show is going to hit home pretty well.
Within the first episode, we get a brief introduction to Scott, his family, his partner, boss and a dog trainer, who is so obviously the future love interest for the series. “Turner & Hooch” isn’t discrete in making sure the audience knows what to expect and delivers it.
One thing I did find a little annoying about the first episode, was how it was able to get everything nicely tied up into a little package by the end. But there is a big enough cliffhanger to set up the main story arc for the whole season.
One of the refreshing things about “Turner & Hooch”, is that it feels so different to the usual Disney+ Original series we’ve seen over the past 18 months, which are usually either Marvel, Star Wars or set in a high school. It certainly gives the vibes of an early evening show you’d see on a Saturday night. It’s light-hearted and fun, as it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
I’m still warming up to Josh Peck as Scott, but over the next 12 episodes, hopefully, that’ll pass and, more importantly, make the series his own as the first episode is just too much like the original film, but without the charm or time. Trying to squeeze the basics of the original movie and set up a new season of the show was always going to be a rush, but I think they succeeded in some regards, but it still feels a little forced, which seems odd with a 12 episode series, they’ve got the time to take it a little slower, build on Turner’s relationship with Hooch. Instead, they sped forward to get the basic stuff over with.
Overall: Episode 1 of “Turner & Hooch” is a run little trip down memory lane, hitting all the key points of the original movie, but on fast forward. If you’ve seen the original film, you’ll get the gist of the story pretty quickly, and there are a few silly moments, such as in the car chase. But it’s still a lot of fun. It’s light-hearted and perfect for the whole family. It’s exactly what Disney+ needs more of, though maybe they could try a new original idea! I enjoyed this episode, and I’ll be returning to check out the other episodes, but in reality, the original film is still superior.
Rating – 4 Out Of 5
The first episode of “Turner & Hooch” is coming to Disney+ on Wednesday 21st July.
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.