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Underdog (2007)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  3 August 2007 (USA)
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A Beagle must use his newly-bestowed superpowers to defend Capitol City from mad scientist Simon Barsinister.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Underdog (voice)
Dan Unger (as Jim Belushi)
Polly (voice)
Riff Raff (voice)
Timothy Crowe ...
Police Chief
Security Guard
Mario Mariani ...
Police Officer
Alexander 'Alex' Garde ...
Small Boy


A bomb-sniffing beagle is fired from the mayor's office for a faux pas. That night a mad scientist dognaps him and injects him with an elixir. The dog escapes, but now has superpowers. He's adopted by a security guard - an ex-cop, who's a widower with a moody teen son, Jack. The boy discovers that the dog, named Shoeshine by dad, has super powers, but it's their little secret. While Underdog saves people in distress, the mad scientist and his underling continue their plot to catch him and take over the city. There's also a girl Jack likes who has a dog that Shoeshine takes a shine to. Will every dog have his day? Written by <>

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There's no need to fear. Underdog is here. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for rude humor, mild language and action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 August 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alakynsi  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$11,585,121 (USA) (3 August 2007)


£869,375 (UK) (15 February 2008)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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With her subsequent role in Man of Steel, Amy Adams is the only actress to play the love interest of both Underdog (voice of Sweet Polly) and Superman (Lois Lane). See more »


As Underdog is digging to bury the bomb he sets it down to dig, but in the next scene he has it in his mouth while digging. See more »


Shoeshine Boy: He says he thinks they should see other people. She says... Wait people eat that too
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Crazy Credits

Snapshots of the cast and crew's dogs were shown as well as some "Bloopers" See more »


Spoofs Spider-Man 2 (2004) See more »


Underdog Theme
Written by W. Watts Biggers, Treadwell Covington (as Treadwell D. Covington),
Joseph Harris (as Joseph B. Harris), Chester Stover (as Chester A. Stover)
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The Things We Do For Love
3 August 2007 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

When I first became a father about 5.5 years ago, I was prepared for many of the sacrifices I'd have to make. I knew I'd have to change diapers and take them to swimming lessons and attend many a freezing Santa Claus parade, but I wasn't ready for the kind of sacrifice I made last night. This, in my humble opinion, is cruel and unusual punishment.

Underdog is bad. It's not quite Karate Dog bad, but it makes The Shaggy Dog feel like Pulp Fiction. If Underdog were a television show, I'd recommend flipping on by. Not even the presence of Puddy and the voice of Banky Edwards can save it. Bow. Wow.

It was also just about the best 80 minutes I've ever enjoyed. James was seated to the right of me and Michelle to the left, and I spent more time watching their reaction to this talking, flying mutt than watching the screen. At 5 and 3 years old, they were the target audience, and this movie nailed the target. There's a scene where Underdog belches loudly in another dogs face and Michelle thought it was the funniest scene ever captured on film. When Underdog was flying into outer space, James was literally at the edge of his seat, mesmerized. The kids absolutely loved Underdog, and that's why I was there. That's what last night was all about.

Unless you're accompanying someone under the age of ten, you have no business wasting a second of your life watching this brutal film. But if you are looking to kill 80 minutes with your four year old, I won't judge. I had a blast.

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