Beethoven (franchise)

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The Beethoven film series is a series of eight 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. The original 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.[1]


Beethoven (1992)[edit]

Main article: Beethoven (film)

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, and George, after discovering his fondness for the dog, springs into action to rescue his pet. Beethoven was released on April 3, 1992.

Beethoven's 2nd (1993)[edit]

Main article: Beethoven's 2nd

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's 3rd (2000)[edit]

In Beethoven's 3rd, the dog is sent across the country in an RV to attend a family reunion. Beethoven's 3rd was released on October 31, 2000.

Beethoven's 4th (2001)[edit]

Main article: Beethoven's 4th

Beethoven accidentally switches places with Michelangelo, a well-behaved look alike. Beethoven's 4th was released on December 4, 2001.

Beethoven's 5th (2003)[edit]

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 (2008)[edit]

Main article: 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 (2011)[edit]

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's Christmas Adventure was released on November 8, 2011.

Beethoven's Treasure Tail (2014)[edit]

After getting fired from a film, Beethoven begins the long journey home with his trainer, Eddie. They become stranded in a small coastal town where the beloved canine befriends a young boy who is searching for buried treasure. Beethoven's Treasure Tail was released on October 28, 2014.

Television series[edit]

Beethoven: The Animated Series[edit]

Main article: Beethoven (TV series)

Video game[edit]

In 1994, a side-scrolling video game titled simply Beethoven, but based on Beethoven's 2nd, was developed for the Sega Genesis.[2] Though completed, it was cancelled before release.


Film Director Producer Writer Composer Cinematographer Editor
Beethoven Brian Levant Joe Medjuck
Michael C. Gross
Ivan Reitman
Edmond Dantés
Amy Holden Jones
Randy Edelman Victor J. Kemper William D. Gordean
Sheldon Kahn
Beethoven's 2nd Rod Daniel Joe Medjuck
Michael C. Gross
Len Blum Bill Butler
Beethoven's 3rd David Mickey Evans David Bixler
Kelli Konop
Jeff Schechter Philip Giffin John Aronson Harry Keramidas
Beethoven's 4th Kelli Konop John Loy C. Timothy O'Meara
Beethoven's 5th Mark Griffiths Mike Elliot Cliff Ruby & Elana Lesser Adam Berry Christopher Baffa John Gilbert
Beethoven's Big Break Mike Elliot Mike Elliot Robert Folk
Paul DiFranco
Stephen F. Campbell Roderick Davis
Beethoven's Christmas Adventure John Putch Jeff Freilich Daniel Altiere & Steven Altiere Chris Bacon Ross Berryman John Gilbert
Beethoven's Treasure Tail Ron Oliver Albert T. Dickerson III Ron Oliver Chris Hajian C. Kim Miles Heath Ryan


A line of toys was produced in conjunction with the first two films, and some toys are available on an ongoing basis.

DVD releases[edit]

All films are available on DVD, both individually and as part of packs and collections of two or more films.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1992 Yearly Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "ProReview: Beethoven". GamePro (64) (IDG). November 1994. p. 104.