Beethoven (film series)
The Beethoven film series is a series of seven American films, in which the plot revolves around a family attempting to control the antics of their pet, a Saint Bernard. The first two films were theatrical releases and all after have been direct to video. Beethoven hit theaters in April 1992. Its opening grossed $7,587,565. It was the year's 26th largest grossing film in the U.S. at $57,114,049. 
In Beethoven, the Newton family finds and adopts a Saint Bernard. The family, with the exception of the father, George (Charles Grodin), becomes attached to the dog. Meanwhile, a sadistic veterinarian, involved with animal experimentation, is planning to kill Beethoven for his latest experiment. George, who has discovered his fondness for the dog, springs into action to rescue his pet. Beethoven was released on April 3, 1992.
In Beethoven's 2nd, Beethoven sires a litter of puppies, and the Newton family tries to save them from the dame's owner, who alternatively wishes to kill or sell the puppies. Beethoven's 2nd was released on December 17, 1993.
Beethoven accidentally switches places with a well-behaved look alike. Beethoven's 4th was released on December 4, 2001.
Sara takes Beethoven to visit her crazy uncle. The last installment of the original storyline. Beethoven's 5th was released on December 2, 2003.
Beethoven's Big Break
The first installment of a new storyline. A stray St. Bernard becomes a movie star. Beethoven's Big Break was released on December 30, 2008.
Beethoven's Christmas Adventure
Beethoven is now a movie star and he comes to a city and meets a boy named Mason for a commercial. While Mason is taking pictures of Beethoven and complete strangers, Beethoven sees Santa's sleigh with a stable elf named Henry inside it. Henry lies to Mason and says that he is a toy making elf. Eventually, Mason finds out that Henry is a stable elf, but they are still friends.
Beethoven: The Animated Series
- Beethoven - the principal character of the series is a St. Bernard dog who was adopted by the Newton family in the first film.
- Missy - Beethoven's love interest and Brillo's dog with his ex-wife Regina in a second film.
- George Newton - married to Alice, father of Ryce, Ted, and Emily. He owns a business that sells air fresheners. He was not too fond of Beethoven at first, but eventually grows to love him. He appeared in the first two films in which he was the human protagonist. Mentioned in the 3rd film.
- Alice Newton - married to George, mother of Ryce, Ted, and Emily. She appeared in the first two films. Mentioned in the 3rd film.
- Ryce Newton - George and Alice's oldest daughter. Mentioned in the 3rd film.
- Ted Newton - George and Alice's only son. Mentioned in the 3rd film.
- Emily Newton - George and Alice's youngest daughter. Mentioned in the 3rd film.
- Dr. Herman Varnick - the main antagonist in the first film. He's a veterinarian who plotted to kill Beethoven to test a new weapon.
- Harvey and Vernon - dognappers who worked for Varnick. Secondary villains and comic relief.
- Regina - the antagonist in the 2nd film. She is a brash, wealthy divorcee who takes Missy as alimony and wants to sell her puppies for profit and the ex-wife of Brillo.
- Floyd - the co-antagonist in the 2nd film. He is Regina's temperamental, dim-witted boyfriend who spends the film with her searching for Missy and her puppies.
- Brillo - Missy's owner and Regina's ex-husband.
- Richard Newton - George's younger brother; he first appeared in the third film when he took his family in an RV from Colorado to a family reunion in California. He and his family eventually become Beethoven's new owners. Mentioned in the 1st film.
- Beth Newton - Richard's wife. Mentioned in the 1st film.
- Brennan Newton - Son of Richard and Beth. Mentioned in the 1st film.
- Sara Newton - Daughter of Richard and Beth. Mentioned in the 1st film.
- Tommy and William - the antagonists in the third film who attempt to track down a DVD that ended up in a DVD that Richard rented in the third film.
- Laurie Penny - Brennan has a crush on her.
- Madison Sedgewick - daughter of Reginald and Martha and owner of Michaelangelo.
- Reginald Sedgewick - a wealthy software company owner.
- Martha Sedgewick- Reginald's wife
- Michaelangelo - a well-trained St. Bernard dog that switched places with Beethoven in the fourth movie.
- Juan Posadas - The Sedgewicks' UFO-watching neighbor.
- Johnnie Simmons - The Sedgewicks' butler who held Michaelangelo captive in order to attain ransom money from the Sedgewicks.
- Nigel Bigalow - Johnnie's henchman.
- Sgt. Rutledge - owner of a dog obedience school that Brennan and Sara took Beethoven to.
- Florence Rutledge - Sgt. Rutledge's wife.
- Freddy Kablinski - Goofy older brother of Beth and uncle of Sara and Brennan. Sara visited him during the fifth film. Freddy is a certified mechanic who lives in the small town of Quicksilver.
- Julie Dempsey - Sherriff of Quicksilver.
- Moe and Rita Selig - bank robbers who robbed several banks across the midwest in the 1920s. Their car crashed in Quicksilver lake and they were declared dead. However, it was revealed that they survived and moved to Canada.
- John Giles/Selig - son of Rita and Moe Selig; he changed his name to Giles and moved to Quicksilver in an attempt to find the stolen money his parents hid somewhere in Quicksilver.
- Cora Wilkens - an elderly lady who claims she saw aliens and says that they told her that Rita and Moe escaped.
- Garrett - a 12 year old boy who helps Freddy, Sara and Beethoven find the treasure. He's a smart boy and has a crush on Sara because he gave her a necklace, even if he says he it's just says so she wouldn't "chicken out".
- Harold Herman - President of the Chamber of Commerce of Quicksilver.
- Mason - Beethoven meets Mason for a commercial. He is a teenage boy and is portrayed by Munro Chambers.
A line of toys was produced in conjunction with the first two films, and some toys are available on an ongoing basis.
All films are available on DVD, both individually and as part of packs and collections of two or more films.
- "1992 Yearly Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 8 September 2011.