Chips, the War Dog (television) A German Shepherd goes to war in the K-9 Corps during World War II. A misfit dog paired with a misfit soldier, the two become a real team and eventually heroes. A Disney Channel Premiere Film, first aired on March 24, 1990. Stars Brandon Douglas (Danny Stauffer), William Devane (Col. Charnley), Paxton Whitehead (Smythe), Ellie Cornell (Kathy Lloyd), Ned Vaughn (Mitch Wilson). 91 min. Directed by Ed Kaplan. Released on video in 1993.