Dennis the Menace Strikes Again facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsDennis the Menace Strikes Again
|Directed by||Charles T. Kanganis|
|Produced by||Robert Newmyer
|Written by||Tim McCanlies
|Music by||Graeme Revell|
|Editing by||Jeffrey Reiner|
Hank Ketcham Enterprises
Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
|Distributed by||Warner Home Video|
|Release date(s)||July 14, 1998|
|Running time||71 minutes|
Dennis the Menace Strikes Again (also known as: Dennis 2: Dennis Strikes Again) is a 1998 direct-to-video sequel to the 1993 theatrical feature Dennis the Menace. It was produced by Outlaw Productions and released by Warner Home Video on July 14, 1998. None of the cast from the first film returned to reprise their roles. This movie marks Don Rickles' final live action performance.
Some years after the previous film, Dennis Mitchell (Justin Cooper) is worse than ever. At the beginning of the film, he goes over to the house of George Wilson (Don Rickles) to offer him some pets as gifts for his birthday. They include frogs, lizards, snakes, insects, tarantulas, scorpions, mice, exotic mammals, and even a baby alligator. This ordeal ends with George unintentionally riding down a flight of stairs in Dennis' red wagon and accidentally getting his birthday cake thrown in his face by Martha (Betty White).
Soon after this incident, Mr. Johnson, Dennis's grandfather, Alice's father, and Henry's father-in law (George Kennedy), shows up and announces that he is moving in with the Mitchells. Dennis starts spending more time with him than George.
George, upset that he's getting older, gets tricked by two crooked con men, the Professor and his assistant, Sylvester (Brian Doyle-Murray and Carrot Top), who try to talk him into buying a "rare" root used to make tea to make people younger. He is about to pay $10,000 when Dennis comes by. Dennis then reveals that he owns a root of the same kind, which he says he found on a place where those abound.
Soon afterwards, the Professor and Sylvester return and sell George a machine that allegedly makes people younger. Suddenly, the attitudes of him and Mr. Johnson reverse as the latter feels the former's pain of living in the same neighborhood as Dennis, while he starts to feel youthful and happy. While Dennis is trying to clean up a pile of garbage that he accidentally threw on Mr. Johnson's car while taking out the trash, he accidentally destroys George's machine with cotton candy mix that he mistook for soap. As a result of this, George declares that he and Martha will be moving away to be away from Dennis for good, whereupon Mr. Johnson decides to move into their house, although no one seems to really want to carry out this plan.
Overhearing everything, the Professor and Sylvester decide to use George's plan as an opportunity to get more money from him. Dennis helps the police (unintentionally) catch them (as they pretending to be several different workmen at the Wilson house when they were planning to move, attempting yet again to drain his bank account by stockpiling a hoard of his as yet un-endorsed checks by claiming that the house needed several repairs before it could be sold). Dennis, who was a "menace" throughout the whole film, ends up being a hero.
The police return the uncashed checks, and George decides not to move after Dennis begs him not to do so. Mr. Johnson, however, announces intentions to get his camper back, having promised to take Dennis to the Grand Canyon, also because of everything he has put him through.
The film ends as Dennis and Mr. Johnson are in his camper in the Grand Canyon and Dennis, wanting to take a rock home to George as a present, accidentally takes the one from under the camper, causing it to roll down the incline it is parked on top of with Mr. Johnson still in it. While enjoying the Christmas season, George and Martha see on the news what has happened as Dennis explains to the camera and Mr. Johnson is being airlifted to safety. Dennis gives a shoutout to George, which leaves him so flabbergasted that he mutters to the viewers "He's a menace!".
- Justin Cooper as Dennis Mitchell, a young boy who is a total disaster.
- Don Rickles as George Wilson, the Mitchells' next door neighbor and Martha's husband who strongly dislikes Dennis
- Betty White as Martha Wilson, George's wife who thinks of Dennis as a surrogate grandson
- George Kennedy as Mr. Johnson, Dennis' maternal grandfather, Alice's father, and Henry's father-in law who moves in with the Mitchells
- Brian Doyle-Murray as the Professor, a con artist
- Scott "Carrot Top" Thompson as Sylvester, the Professor's assistant
- Dwier Brown as Henry Mitchell, Dennis’ father
- Heidi Swedberg as Alice Mitchell, Dennis' mother
- Keith Reece as Gunther, a friend of Dennis
- Jacqueline Steiger as Margaret Wade
- Danny Turner as Joey, Dennis' best friend
- Alexa Vega as Gina, a friend of Dennis
- Brooke Candy as the little girl on the diving board