The Newton family live in their comfortable home, but there seems to something missing. This “hole” is filled by a small puppy, who walks into their home and their lives. Beethoven, as he is named, grows into a giant of a dog… a St Bernard. Doctor Varnick, the local vet has a secret and horrible sideline, which requires lots of dogs for experiments. Beethoven is on the bad doctor’s list. —IMDb
Date of Birth: August 6, 1952. Hailing from Chicago, Levant got started as a story editor after graduating from the University of Mexico. After joining the writing staff in 1977 for the popular series Happy Days, Levant went on to produce sitcoms like Mork & Mindy and The Bad News Bears.
He returned to produce Happy Days in 1982 and stayed on for the last two seasons. In 1985 he decided to try and revive the popular show, Leave it to Beaver, and wrote the telefilm, Still the Beaver. The movie was a hit and a new series was created in which he executive produced.
Levant took the director’s chair for the first time in the early ’90s, directing the comedy Problem Child 2 (1991). Although the film went straight to video, he returned to the idea, producing the televised Problem Child 3 film in 1995. His success as a director took leaps and bounds when he released Beethoven (1992) in 1992. The film fared well at the box office and inspired three sequels.
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