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‘Dog’ & mouse game

Thesps cozy up to canine pals at 'Shaggy' bow

Walt Disney let the dogs out Tuesday for the preem of “The Shaggy Dog,” at El Capitan.

While a pic focused on animals may be harder to shoot, executive producer Todd Lieberman said they’re easier to cast. “A lot of people want to do a movie for their children, for their legacy,” he said at the Hollywood & Highland after-bash.

And he was right. Thesp Kristin Davis signed on for her love of both dogs and Tim Allen. Meanwhile, helmer Brian Robbins is taking the kindergarten and first grade classes at his son’s school to a viewing.

While Davis is returning to a more mature audience by reprising her role in “The Exonerated,” now in London, Robbins will stick to the family-friendly medium, “It’s a rough world right now, and I’d rather laugh than cry,” he said.

The concept of love and loyalty drew Robert Downey Jr. to his first kid-friendly movie. But he found excitement in being the only character that didn’t care about dogs. “I couldn’t make an employee tell me they’re a moron, but Kozak could,” Downey said of his canine friend.