Marley & Me: The Puppy Years

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Marley & Me: The Puppy Years
Marley & Me - The Puppy Years.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byMichael Damian
Produced byConnie Dolphin
Written byMichael Damian
Janeen Damian
Based onMarley & Me
by John Grogan
StarringTravis Turner
Donnelly Rhodes
Music byMark Thomas
CinematographyRon Stannett
Edited bySeth Flaum
Distributed by20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release date
  • June 1, 2011 (2011-06-01)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States

Marley & Me: The Puppy Years is a 2011 American direct-to-DVD comedy film and prequel to Marley & Me (2008). The film was directed by Michael Damian and written by Damian and his wife Janeen Damian.[1] The film was released on DVD on June 1, 2011.

As the title suggests, the film is about Marley in his puppy years. Marley and his new owner Bodi Grogan (Travis Turner) cause trouble at the local dog contest. Unlike the original film however, Marley is given a speaking voice (voiced by Grayson Russell).


In this movie Marley is a puppy, and according to some people he is "the world's worst dog". While taking care of Marley, Bodi Grogan has to stay with his grandfather, Fred Grogan because his mother, Carol is on a business trip. So Bodi stays with Marley in his grandpa's house. His grandpa is pretty strict about chores and pushes him around a lot.

One day, while on a walk with Marley (Bodi on his skateboard), Bodi meets a girl named Kaycee. They chat for a while, then Kaycee tells him about a puppy championship. Kaycee, whose parents own a pug rescue center, enters three of her pugs in the contest so she can get money for the center. She tells Bodi to enter Marley in the contest. But, according to rules, a team must have three dogs, so Kaycee tells Bodi about Mrs. Crouch, who has two other lab puppies, named Fuschia and Moose. Together, all three of them train for a course. Meanwhile, elsewhere, Hans Von Weiselbeger is being cruel to his three puppies, Turbo, Leisl and Axel. He puts voltage collars on them. If they are not the way he wants them, they get shocked. His three puppies were last year's puppy champions, and so Hans wanted to make them even better.

The day before the competition, Bodi sends his pups to a day in the spa, but after the pups finish, a man wearing a spa worker's uniform takes them, along with an Australian Shepherd dog named Dundee, who was also part of the competition. The evil man is Henkle, Hans's helper. He locks the four of them away with two big German Shepherds, Trouble and Chipper, who were pretending they were going to eat the pups. The pups get scared, but the shepherds say that they were only messing with them. They help the pups escape by using a sort of seesaw which the pups made: one pup would be on one side while one of the shepherds would jump onto the other so that the pups would fly away. All four escape and return to Bodi's home, though they are very dirty. He cleans all four of them and Grandpa calls Dundee's owner, so he goes home.

The next day the championship starts. Everyone does well, but in the middle Marley gets distracted. When the prizes are announced, Bodi is upset because he didn't win. Initially, Hans was in the first place, but Marley saves the day. A cat named Cat snips all of Hans's dogs' collars, then Marley takes one collar and puts it in Hans' pocket. When the pups don't obey, Hans turns the collars on, getting an electric shock himself. His remote, which controlled the collars, falls out of his pocket and the judge sees it. He is hence disqualified. The new results are first place for the Australian dog and second place for Kaycee's pugs. Because Marley saved the day, Bodi gets a prize for good sportsmanship. Bodi, in the middle of the competition, saw his mom and was surprised. His mom, who thought Bodi was irresponsible, sees that he is happy with Marley. He couldn't keep Marley, because it was his relative's dog. However, the three dogs who belonged to Hans are not his anymore: one family adopts Leisl and Axel, but Turbo, the last one was going to be taken to the dog shelter to find a home. Bodi's mom said he could keep him, because she believed Bodi was ready to take a dog. Thus, Turbo finds a new home and was happy too.



Marley & Me The Puppy Years music from and inspired by the motion picture[2]

  • Released: August 9, 2011
  • Format: LP/Digital
  • Label: Weir Brothers Entertainment
  • Producer: Larry Weir, Tom Weir & Michael Damian
No.TitleWriter(s)Performed by:Length
1."Little Marley & Me"Larry WeirMichael Damian4:18
2."The Way We Roll"Michael Damian, Travis Turner & Michael ParnellTravis Turner3:16
3."Just About To Change Your World"Heather Youmans, Larry WeirHeather Youmans3:46
4."Get Ready Set Go"Larry WeirMichael Damian Feat. V-Style3:13
5."Good To Be Me"Larry WeirHeather Youmans3:56
6."With You"Larry WeirHolly Kay3:01
7."Close To Me"Larry WeirHeather Youmans4:08
8."Romeo"Heather Youmans, Larry WeirHeather Youmans3:01
9."You Make Me Happy"Tonisha Weaver, SteveTonisha Weaver3:56
11."Fallin' Deeper"Jon MacLennanJon MacLennan3:09
12."Top Dog"Buck McCoyBuck McCoy4:19


  1. ^ S.T. VanAirsdale (2011-08-15). "Fact: The Guy Who Sang 'Rock On' Made a Sequel to Marley & Me". Movieline. Archived from the original on 25 August 2014. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
  2. ^ Marley & Me The Puppy Years music from and inspired by the motion picture (MP3). Weir Brothers Entertainment. 9 August 2011. ASIN B005JBC14S.

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