Synopsis: Manny has moved to a new school, and it's not easy to fit in. After wishing he had more friends, Manny finds a mysterious collar and puts it on Rufus, the family dog. Suddenly, Rufus turns into a boy! Manny's not sure what to do, so he enrolls Rufus in school. When the other students notice Rufus's silly dog antics -- chasing squirrels, eating without utensils, asking for belly rubs, and catching a frisbee with his mouth -- he immediately becomes the most popular kid around. Manny is jealous of his new best friend but eventually learns that a dog's loyalty to his owner always comes first.
Genre: Comedy, Family
  2 nominations.
42 min


Find it.

Alas... it has come to this, Mr.


What a dreary setting

for your final stand.

How long have you been running?

Are you not tired?

Be reasonable.

Give me the amulet

and walk away.

I'll even pay you

for your troubles.

A king's fortune.



You see, I am not a

cruel man, Chang.

I have no wish to shed blood.

But do not take this to mean...

I won't.

So nice of you to drop in.

I think it's fair to say, Mr.


the amulet is finally mine.

Time to let it go.

As you wish.


Find me that amulet!

Hello there.

Manny Garcia.

Nice to meet you.

Manny Garcia, gosh,

golly, it is my pleasure

to... make your acquaintance.

Remember, Rufus, you only get one

chance to make a first impression.

Blow that and all your hopes

and dreams wash away.

So I gotta nail this.

Okay, Rufus?

I'll try...

Garcia... Manny Garcia.


How about...

yo, yo, yo, Manny G

is in the house?

Manny G is in the bathroom.

And he's been in

there all morning.

At the moment, this

house only has

one working bathroom, Manny.

I need to get in there.

Sorry, Dad, it's

just the first day

at a new school, in a new town.

I gotta perfect my Manny mojo.

Your mojo will be fine.

Just be yourself.

"Be yourself."

That's all you got?

Son, I gotta go.

"Be yourself" is not bad advice.

You're a wonderful young man.

Look at this face.

Who wouldn't want to

be friends with you?

See, even Rufus agrees.

Manny Garcia, Sagittarius.

Hi, I'm Manny.

Rhymes with "fanny."

Definite nope.

Whoa, lots of new faces.



New school colors take Taft.

The old cobalt and

white are out.

Red and blue are in.

Where do you stand,

student on the street?


Don't have a strong opinion yet.

I was in Texas until

like last week.

You're new.


Paige Prescott.

Ace reporter for

"The Taft Tattler."

Manny Garcia, ace... new kid.

Well, welcome to

Taft Middle School,

Manny Garcia from Texas.

Hey, one more

man-on-the-street question.

Our spring dance is

just around the corner.

Theme is still open and

suggestions are welcome.

What gets you up and moving?

I guess my dog, mostly.


K-9 themed.


I shall suggest this

to the committee.

Interview over.

Well, here we are.

School sweet school.

And the new colors look good.

You're gonna do great.


And, um, anytime you wanna

interview me, I'm there.

Manny Garcia, I think you're

gonna fit right in at Taft.

Yeah, I think so.

Now, that's front-page material.

Sorry, Manny, we're not

moving back to Texas.

Connecticut's where

our jobs are at now.

How bad can it be?

I was blue!

Okay, the whole

school saw it happen.

I know it wasn't

an ideal first day

but it'll get better.

It was embarrassing.

Okay, I have no friends here.

I wouldn't say "no friends."

Yeah, you've got the best

one ever right there.

And he's been stuck

inside all day.

Come on, Rufus, I found

a cool park near by.

Whoa, boy.

Whoa, hey, boy.

Okay, easy, easy.

Can you get it? Bet you can't.

Come on, there are rules

to this game, all right?


There she is coming up.

Looking to the left,

looking to the right.

Can Rufus steal? No, he can't.

Garcia gets it.


Got ya.

And goal!

Rufus, where are you going?

No, no, no.


Dude, you're a soaking mess.

Mom's gonna kill us.

What's that?

A necklace?

What, you wanna wear it?

There, now you're the coolest

dog in all of Connecticut.


Man, wet-dog smell.

Come on, Rufus,

we gotta go home.

I can't believe I have to go

back to that school tomorrow.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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