Marley & Me: The Puppy Years

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Marley & Me: The Puppy Years
Marley & Me - The Puppy Years.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Michael Damian
Produced by Connie Dolphin
Written by Michael Damian
Janeen Damian
Based on Marley & Me
by John Grogan
Starring Travis Turner
Donnelly Rhodes
Music by Mark Thomas
Cinematography Ron Stannett
Edited by Seth Flaum
Distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release date
  • June 1, 2011 (2011-06-01)
Running time
86 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Marley & Me: The Puppy Years is a 2011 follow-up film of the 2008 film Marley & Me. 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. Together, all three of them train for a course. Meanwhile, elsewhere, Hans Von Weiselbeger is being cruel to his three puppies. 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 dog who was also part of the competition. The evil man is Henkles, Hans's helper. He locks the four of them away with two big German Shepherds 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 the Australian dog's owner, so that dog 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. 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 two, but 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, that dog 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. Title Writer(s) Performed by: Length
1. "Little Marley & Me" Larry Weir Michael Damian 4:18
2. "The Way We Roll" Michael Damian, Travis Turner & Michael Parnell Travis Turner 3:16
3. "Just About To Change Your World" Heather Youmans, Larry Weir Heather Youmans 3:46
4. "Get Ready Set Go" Larry Weir Michael Damian Feat. V-Style 3:13
5. "Good To Be Me" Larry Weir Heather Youmans 3:56
6. "With You" Larry Weir Holly Kay 3:01
7. "Close To Me" Larry Weir Heather Youmans 4:08
8. "Romeo" Heather Youmans, Larry Weir Heather Youmans 3:01
9. "You Make Me Happy" Tonisha Weaver, Steve Tonisha Weaver 3:56
10. "Summertime" QT5 QT5 2:46
11. "Fallin' Deeper" Jon MacLennan Jon MacLennan 3:09
12. "Top Dog" Buck McCoy Buck McCoy 4:19


  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. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 

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